A group of students in Cornwall have got the wind in their career sails this summer having successfully completed their windsurfing instructor courses.
Watersports students from Falmouth Marine School spent five days on the RYA Windsurfing Instructor course at Stithians Lake, enabling them to work as Windsurf Instructors at any RYA registered centre.
All students passed and have been offered employment during the summer, before returning to their second year of study in September.
Skye Owen travels from St Austell to Falmouth for her course. She was offered employment at Cornwall Watersports, Pentewan as a windsurfing instructor.
“I’m very excited to work at Cornwall Watersports this summer, earning money doing what I love,” she explained.
The students are on a two-year study programme, which is run by Falmouth Marine School, in partnership with South West Lakes.
Matt Loughlin, centre manager at Stithians Lake, delivers the practical element of the course.
“The students have worked hard to earn this qualification and are now in a position to start their career in the watersports industry,” he said.
Student Todd Sawyer took the summer position with South West Lakes and said his tutors made sure he was prepared for the instructor course.
“I can’t wait to spend the summer teaching windsurfing,” he added.
Programme Manager Hannah Mason said the demand for well trained and qualified instructors “has never been greater both here in Cornwall and abroad”.
“I receive constant emails from the industry asking for our students to apply to work for them,” she continued.
“The course enables students to develop skills and gain qualifications which make them directly employable in the watersports industry.
“There is work locally, nationally and internationally for these students so their opportunities are endless on completion of the course.”