A unique partnership between one of Cornwall’s leading outdoor providers and a college is aiming to make students directly employable into the watersports industry in the county.
South West Lakes and Falmouth Marine School have joined forces to deliver practical elements of the Watersports Instructor Diploma at Stithian’s Lake Activity Centre starting this September.
The centre delivers activities to the wider community, school groups and has an active membership base for clubs.
Activity Centre manager, Matt Loughlin commented: “We are extremely excited about this partnership. We will train first classed instructors that can work for us and other centres in the South West.”
“We will impart our experience and use the commercial centre to ensure that the students are customer focused and have developed their work ready skills before they even complete their course.”
The programme of study will be delivered over a two year period and learners will complete a level 2 diploma in year one, allowing them build on their practical skills before progressing onto the Level 3 Extended Diploma in year two.
English & Maths qualifications will be delivered at Falmouth Marine School, along with pastoral care and access to student services.
Programme Manager, Hannah Mason said: “Learners will benefit for immersion in a real life working centre, gaining practical and technical skills that will set them up for working in the industry.
“The partnership can facilitate direct employment across the county with South West Lake sites based at Stithians, Wimbleball, Roadford, Tamar, and Siblyback lakes. Through the collaboration we can also offer internationally recognised qualifications at a hugely reduced and affordable price.”
Returning second year learners and new recruits spent the day at South West Lakes meeting the team and trying out some watersports on the lake.
Demi Fuller, 17, previously from Penryn College has completed her first year and will be progressing onto the level 3 diploma. She said the facilities are “really good, especially the hot showers and constant access to the water”.
“Using the coast last term was good but you could only do one activity in a day and had a bit of a trek with the kit,” she continued.
Having spent the day windsurfing, stand up paddleboarding and Kayaking, Toby Shepherd aged 16, is super keen and will be moving from Manchester to start the course.
“I can’t wait to start, the industry is all around you, so I will get a real feel for what it is like working as a watersports instructor and can start work as soon as I have my instructor qualifications,” he added.
If you would like to study watersports then click here to view course details.