National Training Scheme

National Training Scheme

South African Sailing (SAS) National Training Scheme developed into being in 2009 when it was decided that the best way to grow sailing and sail training in the country was to join the World Sailing Recognised Training Initiative.
Since then the Scheme has evolved and sees the Learn to Sail Program now well established and bearing fruits in growing sailing country wide with the program assuring quality training and safety. The program structure is now fully established and has a database of active Instructors at all levels of the structure.


What is the World Sailing Training Scheme?

This initiative concentrates on the recognition of National Sail Training Programmes in its National Member Authorities (MNA's)
Qualified instructors working out of a well-structured training centre with good quality training equipment can offer participants new to sailing a positive and enjoyable experience in a safe environment. It is believed that this is the best way to grow the sport of sailing globally.

SAS Learn to Sail Program Structure
arrow SAS Senior Instructor Developer/Assessor
arrow SAS Regional Instructor Developer
arrow SAS Senior Instructor
arrow SAS Instructor (Dinghy/Multihull/Keel Boat)
arrow SAS Assistant Instructor

SA Sailing Senior Instructor (SAS-SI)
This is a person with at least an Instructor Qualification, is over the age of 18 years (21 if acting as a Centre Principal) and has at least two years intermittent or one year full time training experience and has completed the 3Day SAS Senior Instructor course presented by a Regional Instructor Developer.
A Senior Instructor can operate out of any SAS recognised centre around the Country.

SA Sailing Instructor (SAS-I)
This is a person who is a competent sailor, is over the age of 16 years, has a valid basic first aid certificate, has a powerboat qualification suitable to the waters they are working on (restricted waters or 1 mile offshore). They must attend a 2 day safety boat course and a 4 day SAS instructors Course presented by a regional Instructor Developer.
A Level 1 SAS Instructor can operate out of any World Sailing recognised centre around the world.

Assistant Instructor (SAS-AI)
This is a person who holds an SAS Learn to Sail advanced module and must be a competent sailor. The assistant Instructor is trained by a Senior Instructor and may only train under the direct supervision of a Senior Instructor in the centre where they were trained.

The Centre
Centres requiring SAS affiliation must have a Senior Instructor on the premises at all times when training is in progress. The centre will undergo an initial assessment followed by yearly inspections from Regional Instructor Developer to check safety issues (such as buoyancy aids), rescue and coaching craft, training boats, record keeping and staff qualifications. The inspection process is designed to create a safe professional training environment. A yearly affiliation fee is payable to the SAS National Training Scheme.

Learn to Sail Program Level Criteria

National Training Scheme

Scheme aims and expectations

The primary and most important objective of the National Training Scheme is to increase sailing participation in South Africa.

The Learn to Sail program has created the platform to train up instructors to teach and introduce new people, adults and youth of all ages to the sport of sailing. It incorporates Sailing centre accreditations, where a centre displaying the SAS and World Sailing Recognized Training flags, has a product to market that is known for its standards around the world. These accredited Centres (sailing schools) now provide venues across the country that are equipped with the necessary equipment to make it possible to attend courses without having a boat, and start in the sport of sailing and learn to sail with ease. Opening up the sport up to people who frequently drive past the Members Only signs wondering how they can try out sailing.

The next step in the scheme are already underway to take those wanting to enjoy sailing as a pastime or sport once they have completed the learn to sail program offered by the accredited centres.

The Train to Compete Program, is the next level up, structured around taking the now novice sailor and developing their basic knowledge and sailing ability to improve confidence, skills and boat handling. From sailing socially to building them up to enjoy and participate with confidence in club racing, and or progress with the sport to the more serious level of being a competitive athlete. The program is based around developing coaches skilled to themselves as a product at these various levels and operate out of SAS affiliated Yacht Clubs, thus affording clubs the opportunity of offer a value added offering to their members that again are in line with World Sailing standards.

Competing as an athlete in sailing can be taken from club racing and school leagues, to obtaining provincial and national colours. Participating in international events and being considered for the South African Sailing Team to represent the country at events like the Olympics and World Sailing Youth Worlds. The program will see a structure that gives those wanting to achieve, a good platform to grow their skill in, by ease of access across the country and at world standards the footing to achieve the results and goals they set for themselves.

The aim is to bring value to training so that more centres gain increased income from training people who are outside of sailing (with day and weekend courses).

Ideally a situation will be created where the trainers derive an income through coaching.

When the final structures are in place the National Training Scheme will provide a bigger, more impressive product to market to potential sponsors and organisations such as Lotto and various government bodies.

Affiliated clubs will benefit in many ways, not only from having well-trained Instructors at hand but also from the new members wanting to join clubs as a result of the training.


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