The RAF Dinghy Sailing Instructor Team carried out some pre-season training this weekend following a year of restrictions affecting our ability to conduct training.
On the Saturday, instructors had the opportunity to get on the water to blow away the cobwebs. COVID measures were observed and the team got used to teaching while considering COVID. Wearing face masks and social distancing meant that voice projection was key. The Chief Instructor of RAF Rutland was armed with a bottle of hand gel and regularly ensured the team was sanitising! New COVID SOPs were trialled, combining the RYA Single Handed Method but utilising double-handers. This was new to many of the team and many learning points came out. It is hoped that double handed training will return however, these procedures give us a bit of flexibility and allowing the team to try a more experiential style of teaching.
The light winds also tested their sailing skills as one instructor stated ‘You cant get away with sloppy sailing in light wind conditions!’
Sunday gave the instructors the opportunity to refresh their First Aid qualifications, with scenarios played out on the RAF RIB for the team to discuss. This has put us in a great position and reduced the amount of extensions have.
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