Mary Nash, and 11 other outdoor professionals took part in what they have described as “a once in a life-time opportunity” funded by Erasmus+, designed and delivered by Galway based training specialists Landon Carver in conjunction with Sea Kayaking Cornwall.
The placements provided an incredible opportunity for VET professionals, working in the outdoor industry and those involved in the delivery and implementation of QQI.
Level 5 or QQI Level 6 programmes. This opportunity provided funding for 12 candidates to spend 14 days in UK with Sea Kayaking Cornwall attaining the knowledge, skills and competences required to develop and deliver their QQI Programmes in the future.
Most of all, the placements allowed the participants to develop and grow personally as well as professionally and provided them with a remarkable adventure and valuable experience.
“My confidence and ability to guide kayakers along coastlines, and to carry out rescues in a dynamic environment, has been the most significant improvement” – Duncan Warner, Sea Kayaking Programme
This bespoke Sea Kayaking Programme provided candidates with a practical enhancement of their existing skills which could then be transferred to their work places in Ireland. The participants had an opportunity to expand their networking skills and connections by meeting other instructors and mentors with similar skill sets and experience from around the world.
The whole adventure took place in Cornwell, UK with breath-taking landscapes and local tradition and culture accompanying the participants and their training on every step of the way.
The participants assisted Sea Kayaking Cronwall in setting up and delivering the aspects of the Cornwall Sea Kayaking symposium as well as assisted, guided, led and coached groups on a range of journeys and practical skill sessions. Everchanging weather conditions, wildcostal environments and a constant need to push themselves further made this trip an unforgettable experience for all the participants. Even at the preparation stage the level of excitement and interest in the programme was tangible with new applications and interested participants applying from all over Ireland.
“It has helped me to develop new skills that I can use going forward with my work in the outdoor and sea kayaking industry” – David Horkan, Sea Kayaking Programme.
The Sea Kayaking Programme is one of a series of programs delivered by Landon Carver under the banner of CARVE programs. All the placements in CARVE programs are funded through Erasmus + and designed to enhance different sectors of the outdoor sector in Ireland. All the CARVE programmes developed by Landon Carver seek to make lifelong learning and mobility a reality for their participants. Landon Carver strives to improve the quality and efficiency of education and training received by the participants on their programmes through fostering further learning, active citizenship and intercultural dialogue.
While on each placement the candidates develop a concrete plan on how they will use the obtained experience and skills to impact their own organization, and furthermore – their own region. Implementation of this Program Improvement Plan (PIP) will shape the quality of the QQI programs provided in Ireland.
“Opportunities like that don’t come around very often in the outdoors. Future participants, regardless of prior learning, cannot afford to pass this up. It is a really wonderful learning environment.” – Mary Nash, Sea Kayaking Programme
For more information, visit: www.landoncarver.com