Cornwall Marine Network boosts Surf Coaching.

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Surf coaches in Cornwall are set to benefit following the news that Cornwall Marine Network has secured funding to help them develop their careers as professional coaches. The funding will enable qualifying coaches the opportunity to take the ISA Level 2 coaching award which allows those already experienced in the coaching field to grow and develop their skills building up to high performance coaching.

The level 2 course allows coaches keen to progress their career the opportunity to build their coaching portfolio from beginner level, through intermediate surfing, towards advanced level and starts to look at competition surfing.  The course introduces an holistic approach to surf coaching including, nutrition, psychology, injuries and video analysis.

Established in 2002 to improve the regions prosperity, Cornwall Marine Network is an organisation dedicated to supporting the world class Marine sector in Cornwall through a range of measures. CMN see the key to current and future success as continuing to support through inventive training and marketing initiatives.

“As part of the work of the organisation we are pleased to support this project developing the expertise and skills here in Cornwall. We know that by encouraging further development of professional coaches we are putting Cornwall on the map for potentially the largest concentration of level 2 coaches in Europe. It’s a great boost for an industry that brings so much to the region,” explained Anne-Marie Sefton from Cornwall Marine Network.

Course presenter Barrie Hall from Surf Coach Academy said “This funding is a fantastic opportunity for coaches in Cornwall taking the next step in their career development. We have a great deal of talent and experience here in the South West and this support allows for recognition of that.”

Surfing GB’s operations manager Nick Rees said “Surfing GB are really pleased to see the Cornwall Marine Network recognise  the importance of the career pathway offered by the level 2  surf coaching qualification. We hope this is just the start and that other regional bodies can be engaged so that similar support can be offered to coaches across the country.”

“It’s very exciting to be able to open the door for coaches to further their skill and expertise and to enable them to grow their coaching careers. Access to funding in this way allows those that are serious about their coaching to progress to the next level; where they might not otherwise be able to. With the sport of surfing still increasing exponentially, participants of the sport will now have access to a wider base of coaches with the expertise needed to encourage advanced to intermediate development”, said Kerry Powell, surf coach and professional judge.

Course pre-requisites are in place with a minimum of ISA level 1 (or equivalent) holding over 40hrs of face- to- face coaching time. Participants must have a good standard of surfing including bottom turns, top turns, cutbacks, floaters and snaps.  Places are limited, Course dates; 21st-23rd February 2014 and Spring 2014 (TBC). Course cost; £130 (usually £375) For further information contact: Kerry Powell  kerrypow@me.com 07779870871

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