The RYA has formed a new partnership with The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award (DofE) which makes the RYA a DofE National Operating Authority.
This means young people aged between 14 and 24 can now take part in boating activities at RYA clubs or training centres as part of their DofE programme.
RYA Recognised centres and clubs can apply to become licensed to offer the DofE, by meeting specific criteria laid out by the RYA and DofE. There are also great opportunities for instructors to get involved to support those young people in achieving their Awards.
“There are three progressive levels, which when successfully completed lead to a Bronze, Silver or Gold Award. Within an RYA club or training centre, there are many activities young people could take part, or continue to take part in, which can count towards this” explains Amanda Van Santen, RYA Chief Instructor for Dinghy and Windsurfing.
Activities in a young person’s DofE programme could include:
Volunteering: Helping out at a local training centre, club or Team15 night on a regular basis, this could be as an assistant, in the kitchen or maybe even on the committee.
Physical: Regularly taking part in a sailing or windsurfing activity - why not set yourself a goal to gain a certain certificate in the RYA National Sailing or Windsurfing scheme or maybe participate in regular club racing.
Skill: All about developing skills, whether practical, social or personal. You may choose to sharpen up your powerboating, learn a new skill such as boat repair work or perhaps increase your theory knowledge and learn all about meteorology.
Residential (Gold only) and Expedition: You may never have been away from home before, let alone using your board or boat to go on an exciting adventure with friends.
If you would like further advice or to become a DofE, contact email firstname.lastname@example.org or www.rya.org.uk
26 March 2013 12:34 GMT