Camping and watersports kick new year off for Uniformed Public Services students

Oct 29, 2014

Camping and watersports kick new year off for Uniformed Public Services students

Uniformed Public Services students have started the year with trips camping, sailing, kayaking, windsurfing and building rafts.

The 15 Level 2 students visited Aqua Sports in Merstham on September 3 for an activity day to introduce them to their water-based activities unit.

Since their first visit they have been going to the centre each week to improve their sailing, kayaking and windsurfing techniques.

The first-year Level 3 students travelled to Dorset to camp on September 8, with activities including building their own shelter for the night, building a fire and coasteering at beauty spot Lulworth Cove.

"It was an amazing way to start the year, and we all had a really good time getting to know each other and trying new things," said Chloe Cartledge, a Level 3 student.

Chloe is hoping to study Paramedic Medicine at university, and said the trip had helped her to develop the abilities she would need in her career.

"As a paramedic you need to be able to listen well, give clear instructions and make good decisions quickly, and you use those same skills in coasteering so it really helped me," she added.

Course leader Vykke Gill said: "The trips have been a great success so far this year, and the students are looking forward to starting their land-based activity unit too.

"The trips are aimed at teaching the students the practical skills they will need certain careers, as well as the broader skills they need for all jobs, like team work, leadership and confidence."

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