Cornish students have spent months studying the intricacies of coastal safety in a bid to enhance the adventure sport sector in the county.
Benefiting from the expertise of a local adventure sports industry company, adventure sports students from Duchy College successfully completed a coastal safety and management training module.
Headed by the owner of coasteering and surfing business Saltwater Safari, Pete Smith said it was “great to get involved with the students and give them a chance to develop their leadership skills in a dangerous environment”.
“I was pleased to see the students developing and thinking about the planning and management of groups, “Pete continued.
“It’s great having the skills to participate in all these adventurous activities but the Duchy students have taken it one step further and are now competent with leading others.”
The sessions included a range of activities from risk assessments, dealing with casualties, jumping from heights and managing and leading groups in potentially dangerous situations.
Former Bodmin College student Henry Morris, who is taking the Level 3 BTEC Extended Diploma in Outdoor Adventure at Duchy College, said working with an employer as well as the lecturers “was excellent”.
“We learnt so much in the eight weeks and I really feel confident that I can lead groups in different settings now. I didn’t realise how much was involved in planning and leading coasteering and Pete was able to give us hands on experience with this.”
The students have also visited and led sessions for the sport and public services groups in activities such as coasteering at Anstey’s Cove in Torquay, gorge walking on the River Plym and the River Erme and surfing.
Outdoor Adventure Instructor at Duchy College, Becks Ball said the content of these sessions “are a fundamental part of an outdoor instructor’s role.”
“The vast opportunities to lead adventurous sessions on the coast of Cornwall have meant the students have learnt some great skills that will give them a head start when looking for employment.”
Team Lead for Sport and Outdoor Adventure, Darren Evans, said having an employer give up so much of their time to teach the students “is invaluable”.
“Not only were we able to assess the students in real life situations they also gained so much valuable knowledge and skills from working with such an expert in the industry.”