RYA Training Centre Chief Instructor
After 8 years as Chief Instructor John Townsley has decided the time has come to step away from the role.
The Chief Instructor has a substantial job with courses for over 200 students to plan and organise; and a large team of Instructors to co-ordinate, with over 30 of them involved during a week when courses are running. The Chief Instructor is then ever-present and responsible for delivering the courses safely and to a high standard of instruction. It is a year-round role requiring a huge amount of time and commitment.
John has approached the job with professionalism, complete dedication and unwavering good humour. No detail misses his attention and nothing ever seems to fluster him - at least he doesn't show it! - no matter what students, parents or even his own instructors surprise him with. John has also engaged a large number of youngsters at the Club in instructing and then guided their development from helping with courses through to working as Senior Instructors.
It is difficult to adequately convey what has been achieved during his tenure but the Club's small army of volunteers ably guided by John have generated considerable income for the Club during the past eight years. John will, of course, see his achievements more in terms of the number of people introduced to our sport, the number of young Club members who have learnt how to instruct and the quality of the instruction provided.
"Awesome" is a much overused word and in John's case completely inadequate. We cannot thank him enough for his contribution to the Club and to our sport.
The New Chief Instructor
Obviously, the RYA Training Centre cannot function without a Chief Instructor and we are pleased to announce that Sam Ford has been promoted to the role. Sam joined the Club as full-time Lead Instructor in September and in a short time has demonstrated both his abilities as an instructor and his knowledge of activity centre management. He has taken a central role alongside Stefan and John in developing the Training Centre's plans for 2022 and takes on the role of Chief Instructor during a period of significant evolution. We look forward to the next stage in the development of training at FPSC and wish Sam well in his new role.
Sam continues to report to Stefan (as RYA Training Principal) and John will, of course, continue to support the Training Centre and, in particular, Sam during 2022.
The General Committee