I personally agree about the extension to 5 years should be looked at and I welcome the support from the views above about the value of checking in on people sailing ability and background knowledge just to keep the pencil sharpened and it's a good way to catch up on developments. The second day clinic is cool and can really be tailored to everyone's needs so the group decides what's covered and the group works around the day so everyone learns from each other with some guidance.
I think a panel of trainers that can be more available throughout Ireland and more flexible to the industries needs and time limits would be very welcome.
My last view is for the Multi Disciplined Instructor - like myself and many other outdoor instructors relying on qualifications for our careers. While revalidating allows my other quals to be revalidated for 1 more year it basically means with my windsurfing power boating and emergency care quals I have to come back every year to revalidate. With an awful lot of repetition, I cant see the necessity or value of being treated the same as a person with one qualification that might be just doing some part time instructing during the summer. I suggest there should be a specific revalidation for career multi disciplined instructors that they do an integrated reval mid week out of season if more suitable to the industry and that they get a clean sweep of all quals revalidated for 5 years. CPDs within the industry will facilitate personal instructor advancements, but this integrated one stop revalidation should be looked at please.
and bring back the instructors conference please.....