Please select your home edition
Edition
Bakewell-White Yacht Design

ISAF recognizes South Africa Sailing training status

by ISAF on 12 Apr 2011
ISAF Inspector Richard Percy (left) with Rob Holden, SAS National Training Manager ISAF ©
South African Sailing (SAS) has become the third International Sailing Federation (ISAF) Member National Authority to receive ISAF Recognized Training status for their National Training Programme (NTP).

ISAF Training and Development Manager Dan Jaspers and ISAF Inspector Richard Percy visited four selected national training programme centres in Cape Town, Johannesburg, Durban and Mossel Bay during their six day inspection, as well as a number of other centres along the route of their 4,000 km road trip.

ISAF Inspector Richard Percy said of the Inspection and visit to South Africa, 'The South African Sailing National Training Programme has proved itself to be robust and worthy of ISAF Recognized Training status.

'It is clear that the legacy of the SAS Programme will enable greater numbers of children and adults to participate in the sport of sailing.

'SAS and the South African Olympic Committee (SASCOC) made a long term commitment to the development of sail training and over the last two years have set an example to many other sailing federations worldwide by their hard work and dedication to this process.'

Rob Holden, ISAF Training Scholarship graduate and National Training Manager for South African Sailing explained what the Accreditation means and how it came to be, 'After eight months of aligning all sail training in South Africa to the National Training Programme, we came to the Inspection date with apprehension towards the process.

'After six days of inspecting the four selected training centres as well as a variety of others along the way, it has become clear that the process of gaining recognition by ISAF is only the beginning of a long process of maintaining and improving our National Learn to Sail Training Programme.

'I was impressed by the attention to detail and thoroughness of the inspection process, which showed us areas where we can improve. The actual inspection was not as daunting a task as it was initially perceived to be when we first set out on this journey.'

During a visit to the Headquarters of the South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee it became clear that the support of the SAS Programme linked very well with the work of the International Council for Coach Education (ICCE) and their drive to have a International Qualifications Framework for all sports coaches.

South Africa has identified 14 International Sports Federations to trial their Long Term Tutor Development Programme alongside their existing Athlete and Participant Development Programmes and Sailing is one of them. This identification of the requirement for long term mentoring across Tutors, Coaches, Athletes and Participants ties in with the Development of a National Sports Structure document that ISAF is working on and the recent inclusion of ISAF in the ICCE working party on the mapping of national qualifications frameworks to the International guidelines.

Of the coaches he had seen in South Africa, Richard Percy said, 'I have been very impressed with the standard of coaching that I have seen here. The structure in which these coaches are now trained will help SAS to link an increase in participation to those who's talent is identified at an early age and then guided by professional coaches to a world class performance pathway.

'Once the sailors have been retained and have decided that competition is the direction in which they wish to go, trained coaches will help make this transition a more signposted process. We look forward to seeing the results over the coming years.'

Rob Holden finished off by outlining his thoughts on the transferability of international coaching qualifications, 'Now that SAS has ISAF Recognized Training status we welcome coaches from any other 'Recognized' ISAF MNA to come and work in SA. If a country has undergone the inspection and the coaches are from the national training programme then we are happy to recognize their competencies and ISAF website
Naiad/Oracle SupplierInSunSport - NZT Clewring J-class

Related Articles

Book your Wildwind Holiday now for February Half Term And Easter!
If you are thinking about joining Wildwind for February half term or Easter then it's already time to start making plans If you are thinking about joining Wildwind for the following peak season periods – February half term or Easter – then it's already time to start making plans.
Posted today at 3:47 pm
World Sailing - Sptember edition of The World Sailing Show now online
The September edition of The World Sailing Show is now online. This edition features an interview with Santiago Lange (ARG) - Gold medal winner in the Nacra 17 class at the 2016 Olympics - after a difficult build up to the event and then being penalised twice in the Medal Race. There's also a look at the foiling tack in the America's Cup AC45S class - achieved last April, and a look at how a new Grand Prix machine is taking the racing scene by storm
Posted on 27 Sep
Olympic Gold medalist and Volvo Ocean Race winner up for WS Board
Torben Grael (BRA) is amongst the 15 nominations for one of seven places on the Board of Directors of World Sailing Torben Grael (BRA) is amongst the 15 nominations for one of seven places on the Board of Directors of World Sailing in November. The five times Olympic medalist, Volvo Ocean Race winner and several times America's Cup competitor will bring a much needed sailing edge to the Board of World Sailing if he can navigate the politics of the controlling body of the sport.
Posted on 25 Sep
Olympic Gold medalist and Volvo Ocean Race winner up for WS Board
Torben Grael (BRA) is amongst the 15 nominations for one of seven places on the Board of Directors of World Sailing Torben Grael (BRA) is amongst the 15 nominations for one of seven places on the Board of Directors of World Sailing in November. The five times Olympic medalist, Volvo Ocean Race winner and several times America's Cup competitor will bring a much needed sailing edge to the Board of World Sailing if he can navigate the politics of the controlling body of the sport.
Posted on 25 Sep
Medal Race movement closes Sailing World Cup Qingdao
Medals slipped away and medals were snatched on final day as racing came to a close confirming the seven fleet podiums. There was some last minute drama as the double point Medal Races shook up some of the fleets and left a few thinking of what might have been in the waters of the Beijing 2008 Olympic Sailing Competition.
Posted on 25 Sep
Medal Race movement closes Sailing World Cup Qingdao
Medals slipped away and medals were snatched on final day as racing came to a close confirming the seven fleet podiums. There was some last minute drama as the double point Medal Races shook up some of the fleets and left a few thinking of what might have been in the waters of the Beijing 2008 Olympic Sailing Competition.
Posted on 25 Sep
RS Aerocup - Another magic day at Lake Garda - Day 2
Per Christian continued his domination with a string of firsts showing magical downwind speed through the waves. Per Christian of Norway continued his domination with a string of firsts showing magical downwind speed through the waves.
Posted on 25 Sep
World Sailing - Henderson sets out foundations of his President bid
Paul Henderson is standing for another term as President to get some significant and vital issues facing Sailing address Paul Henderson is standing for another term as President to get some significant and vital issues facing Sailing addressed by sailors with their input both individually and via their International Class Associations. Henderson sets out below what he believes will be the foundations of his next Presidency.
Posted on 25 Sep
World Sailing President nominated by 45 Member National Associations
Incumbent World Sailing President, Carlo Croce (ITA) has welcomed nominations from 45 Member National Associations Incumbent World Sailing President, Carlo Croce (ITA) has nominations from 45 Member National Associations [MNAs] for his re-election as the President of Sailing’s International Federation. Nominations for the position of President have been formally published by World Sailing and show widespread support for Croce.
Posted on 25 Sep
World Sailing President nominated by 45 Member National Associations
Incumbent World Sailing President, Carlo Croce (ITA) has welcomed nominations from 45 Member National Associations Incumbent World Sailing President, Carlo Croce (ITA) has nominations from 45 Member National Associations [MNAs] for his re-election as the President of Sailing’s International Federation. Nominations for the position of President have been formally published by World Sailing and show widespread support for Croce.
Posted on 25 Sep