Here are some of the things the ISA Staff have been getting up to over the past month…

Cara na Mara – The ISA’s Young Sailors Programme
The four new workbooks along with associated certificates and stickers are back from the printers. This concludes a yearlong project and kicks off the full implementation of Cara na Mara. A series of workshops have been scheduled around the country aimed at introducing the programme to ISA Training Centres and Instructors. For more information click here.

There have been a number of positive developments in the work undertaken with respect to the implementation of Adventuremark as an alternative to statutory licencing for Adventure Activity Providers. They include:
•             The gathering on board of the Minister, Department of Sport, Sports Council Northern Ireland, Irish Sports Council and Coaching Ireland.
•             The agreement by Adventure Activity Industry Advisory Committee (Owners Adventuremark) to the roll out of Adventuremark in the Republic of Ireland.
•             The working group meeting with Irish Sports Council, Sports Council Northern Ireland, Adventure Activity Industry Advisory Committee & Adventure Activities Associates (Operators Adventuremark)

In doing so, significant steps have been taken towards the implementation of Adventuremark on an all island basis with the combined support of ISC and SCNI. We are now at the stage where the nature of the relationship between the various organisations involved is being shaped and defined through MOUs etc. The ISA has been an instigator of, and remains in the forefront of this initiative aimed at providing an industry lead alternative to a statutory licensing regime.  This means that we will have some control over how this new system integrates with the ISA’s own Training Centres accreditation programme.

Garda Vetting
The new systems for Garda Vetting for ISA affiliated organisations has been approved and implemented.  There is still no indication as to when the new legislation will be commenced.

Instructor Revalidations
The programme of Instructor revalidations has been continuing apace with additional workshops being added as the ones previously scheduled have filled and / or run.  

Centre Inspections
Nationwide Centre Inspections have begun for ISA Training Centres and will continue throughout the summer.

The Gathering Cruise
The new website detailing the routes, events, ports, their facilities and port ambassadors for the Gathering Cruise has been developed and launched.

Rules Talks
The ISA Racing Manager gave rules talks in Royal Cork Yacht Club and Skerries Sailing Club with more planned in June for Courtown and Dunmore East.

Team and Squad Selections  
Following on from the ISA Youth Nationals and key indicator events teams and squads have now been selected for:
ISA Radial Academy (6)
ISA 420 Academy (12)
ISA Youth Worlds Team (8)
ISA 4.7 Squad (6)
ISA Topper Squad (9)
Optimist Teams for : Worlds (5) / Europeans (7) /French Nationals (9) /UK Nationals (9)

The ISA are responsible for recruiting the coaches, approving the training programmes, overseeing logistics and subsidising the above mentioned squads.

ISA 420 Academy
We have selected 7 boats (14 sailors) for the new ISA 420 Academy. We have structured the programme so that they get an even spread of events while utilising the three ISA 420’s. In addition to the ISA support we have agreed a scholarship scheme for one boat. Ross Killian has been recruited to deliver the programme and has been resourced with a van, RIB and trailer.

Sail Spree
27 ISA Clubs and Training Centres partook in Sail Spree this May Bank Holiday down from 60 in 2012. An estimated 1,957 participants attended ‘On the Water Taster Sessions’ nationwide averaging 73 participants per organisation. A further 6,190 are estimated to have attended the event for the onshore entertainment and activities creating a total of 8,147 overall participants. Overall consensus is that the impact of the event has benefited the host organisation. In comparison with last year 28% said Sail Spree had no impact whereas this year only 8% felt it had no impact. 21% of participants also registered an interest in attending a training course or becoming members of the club. For the full report click here.

Women on the Water Ireland (WOWI)
As part of the ISA’s WOWI initiative, the ISA has launched a campaign to raise €20,000 for Action Breast Cancer while introducing over 2,000 women to our sports. For more information click here.

ISA Powerboat Challenge
The ISA announced details of this year’s Powerboat Challenge. In 2013 the competition will see the return of combined teams consisting of both adults and juniors and all tasks will be water based using the ISA National Powerboat and Safety Boat syllabus content. Click here for more information.

Club Visits
Over the past two months the ISA has met with representatives from 33 different ISA Clubs.
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