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Nescot students learning to sail, kayak, climb and navigate

Mar 25, 2014

Nescot students learning to sail, kayak, climb and navigate

Uniformed Public Services students are learning to sail, kayak, climb and navigate as part of their course.

The 29 Level 3 students are taking part in the four activities as part of their two land and water-based units at Aqua Sports in Merstham and White Spider Climbing in Kingston.

After six weeks of sailing and kayaking and ten weeks of climbing and navigating, the students are able to achieve one or two-star kayaking certification, Level 1 or 2 sailing and their rock climbing licence, if they are aged 18 or over.

From next year the students will also take National Navigation Awards, which means they will finish the course with four stand-alone qualifications as well as their Level 3 BTEC Diploma.

"The activities challenge the students to do something that’s outside their comfort zone," said tutor Vykke Gill, who is also Higher Education course leader.

"In a lot of cases the students are very inspired by the activities, because they’ve overcome fears or they’ve excelled at something they didn’t think they’d be able to do at all.

"It also opens up a whole new career path to them – they can find skills they didn’t know they had and research becoming an outdoor activities instructor or studying for a degree in coaching or instructing activities."


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