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Dinghy Instructor & Youth Mentee Programme

Entering its third year, the aim of this programme is to provide a mentoring scheme that will assist older HISC Youth members (15 yrs+) prepare for the RYA Dinghy Instructor course and also offer valuable teaching experience to recently qualified RYA Dinghy Instructors post the DI course.

Why is this needed?

It is known and understood that a 16 year old who has just passed the RYA Dinghy Instructor course does not gain this qualification and instantly become an expert. Hands on teaching practise with an older and more experienced Instructor is invaluable to be a successful and safe DI at HISC.

Who is it available to:

Anyone over the age of 15 years old on 1 January 2021 who is planning on taking the RYA Dinghy Instructor course in the next 12 months. (Youth Mentee - YM)

Anyone who is a qualified RYA Dinghy Instructor and who wishes to gain essential experience of teaching to make themselves more employable. (Dinghy Instructor Mentee - IM)

The Mentor programme:

The format explained below is very similar to a tried and tested training programme established in 2013 at Itchenor SC by RYA Senior Instructor Melvyn Cooper.

The mentor programme is designed to encourage and reinforce the important role of the RYA Dinghy Instructor at Hayling Island SC.

A Dinghy Instructor Mentee (IM) or Youth Mentee (YM) is the assistant to the Team Leader in the RIB. The Team Leader will involve the IM or YM by allocating tasks where appropriate, depending on known experience or qualification.

The aim is to understand the process of delivering safe and productive sailing sessions.

The programme is free of charge for the mentee (IM or YM)

There is no payment to the mentee apart from those taking part in Easter Race Camp or Youth Training Week

What do Mentors do?

Mentors are there to give constructive support, sharing of experience and encouragement to future and recently qualified RYA Dinghy Instructors. All mentors are recruited because they bring their own teaching experience to the role and have interpersonal skills to support others.

Instructor teaching format:

Team Leader (TL) position is a highly experienced RYA Dinghy Instructor, RYA Race coach or RYA Senior Instructor and RIB driver leading a group of children or adults.

Youth Mentee (YM) or a Dinghy Instructor Mentee (IM) is the assistant to the Team Leader on the RIB helping run sailing sessions, rigging boats, launching & recovery and teaching where appropriate.

Mentee opportunities to gain experience: Youth Training Week, HISC Red Ribbon Training Club with Melvyn Cooper, Youth Sailing Saturdays (Cormorants), Winter Class Coaching, Thursday Club.

A doodle of dates will be forwarded for applicants to select from, but most of the above can be found on the HISC calendar to give you an idea.

Record Keeping:

A score and feedback will be kept for each IM or YM on each mentored day to help build on their strengths and improve their weaknesses for the next session.

Removal from the programme:

Anyone not deemed to be learning, not taking the programme seriously or not showing up will not continue on the programme and the space will be offered to another.

Please register your intent to apply on this

An application form will be sent to you to complete and return.

A word from previous Mentee Freddy Wood:

Last year the mentee programme was launched at HISC and, being 15 years old, I was able to take advantage of this opportunity.  For me the benefits of taking part meant that I gained Instructing experience from those who have been doing it for many years, and I was able to practice teaching techniques without the pressure of being in charge. This then led to me passing my Dinghy Instructor (DI) course, using this prior Instructing experience.

The main things that I learnt was how much patience you need and how essential a sense of humour is!  I clearly remember the first session when I said ‘Head up’ and the little girl in question looked up to the sky, before giving me a very confused look!

At first, when asked to speak in front of a group of children, I was nervous and unclear with my instructions. Under the useful feedback of my various mentors, I developed a lot as an Instructor and, by the end, I could plan, explain and deliver a session confidently. It was a lot more rewarding to see children enjoying your own session, rather than just sitting in the back of a RIB helping with safety cover.

I would highly recommend the mentee programme because you develop a lot of skills as an Instructor, which is useful for your DI course. You feel as though you are giving something back to HISC and, most importantly, it is a lot of fun!