Summer on the sea

September 28th, 2017 | School News

Year 13 student, Theo Stonier, spent the summer holidays employed and working at Seaview Yacht Club, Isle of Wight as part of a Rescue Boatman Team thanks to the training and qualifications he gained from Writhlington CCF.

Theo has been a cadet with Writhlington School CCF for 5 years. He was recently appointed at the Senior Cadet in our newly formed Royal Navy section. Students who take part in CCF are given the opportunity to go on training courses that give them qualifications that can help further their careers in outdoor pursuits.

Working long hours Theo has become a dependable member of the boatman team and has utilised the courses he has attended to gain employment and also to gain valuable experience working as a team member and showing his reliability.

Theo commented,

‘I gained my powerboating level 2 and safety boat supervisor qualifications through the school’s CCF RN section after attending week long course at HMS Raleigh in Plymouth. Following that I applied for a summer job at the yacht club and spent the whole summer being a safety boat operator for the club’s yacht races. I was tasked with  helping with sailing courses, ensuring the safety of  guests at the annual regatta, ferrying guests in from their moorings and assisting any yachts and dinghies who come into trouble.

Captain Marshall said:‘

Cadets are able to attend courses they can see them achieving nationally recognised qualifications in a range of adventurous training activities including sailing, powerboating, paddlesports, mountaineering, skiing and climbing. Cadets also get the opportunity to gain qualifications in first aid and leadership and management. Theo has grasped every opportunity available to him in the CCF and is a great example of what can be achieved within the CCF.