Level 3 Extended Diploma Watersports students from Falmouth Marine School are celebrating after all securing employment upon completion of their course.
Course Manager Hannah Mason, who boasts 10 years of experience working at centres both in the UK and abroad, is also a former Falmouth Marine School watersports student.
She obtained her first job at the College’s Industry Day and said she can provide students with “a real insight into the industry and advise them on their future careers”.
“Because I have worked in some of the centres they will work in, it really helps and I am delighted that they all have jobs,” Hannah continued.
“We ensure that our students are as employable as possible and this proves that we are getting it right.”
Tom Tripconey, 18, from Helston is going to work as a Windsurf Instructor in Corsica for Mark Warner.
“I didn’t know what I wanted to do when I left school so I started a welding course and quickly realised that it wasn’t for me,” he said.
“I have always enjoyed going out on the water so was delighted when I found the course at Falmouth Marine School”.
Every year Falmouth Marine school hosts Industry Day, where students can be interviewed for jobs both locally and internationally.
“I was offered several jobs at Industry Day,” Tom continued.
“Last year I decided to take a summer job with Voyager in France and this year I’m off to Corisca. It’s fantastic that you can do a college course and leave with several qualifications and with a job.”
The activity industry is growing and fully qualified instructors are in high demand. Jamie Barker from Mark Warner is delighted that Tom has joined their team.
“In more recent years, we are finding that we are having less qualified applicant’s year on year across the industry, so instructors like Tom, who are qualified, are in a very powerful position,” he added.
In addition to the annual Industry Day where students can apply for jobs, Falmouth Marine School has joined forces to deliver practical elements of the Watersports Instructor Diploma with South West Lakes Trust.
Activity Centre manager, Matt Loughlin said everyone is “extremely excited” about the partnership.
“We will train first classed instructors that can work for us and other centres in the UK and abroad,” he explained.
“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.”
One student that took the opportunity to work with South West lakes is Todd Sawyer. He will be working for them over the summer before returning to the second year of his course.
“I’m really looking forward to working with the team. On the course you spend two days a week at Stithians Lake so I already know everyone and how the centre works.”
“The wonderful thing about Falmouth Marine School and South West lakes is that they provide so many work opportunities and the qualifications you can gain are recognised all over the world.
If you would like to become a Watersports Instructor then please visit www.falmouthmarineschool.ac.uk or call 01326310310.