From top: Oysterhaven Centre in Cork; watch leaders Idris and Guelord

Today.

At the watersports and activity centre Oysterhaven in Kinsale, Co Cork.

Safe Haven Ireland and Welcome Wave are launching the first year of a five-year instructor incubator project for children living in direct provision.

They write:

“A group of 10 to 12-year-old children in Cork will take part in beginner sailing/ windsurfing/general watersports courses at the Oysterhaven Centre, awarded best training centre in the Southern region in 2019 by the Irish Sailing Association (ISA).

“Our participants will have the chance to work towards ISA/IWA accreditation in sailing and windsurfing. Our aim is that some of the initial group will ultimately progress to instructor level.

“In the past we have had young people take part in Tall Ships voyages who subsequently trained as Watch Leaders and went on to crew sail training voyages as part of the crew.

“Our new programme is a more ambitious, long-term project. It aims to give young people the opportunity to gain enduring skills and qualifications, and thereby integrate in the Irish workforce, as well meeting our long-standing aim to foster social and cultural integration.

“The young people taking part this year are from direct provision centres in Mallow, Co Cork and Kinsale Road Direct Provision Centre in Cork City.

“This project was inspired by the late Kevin O’Brien who worked tireless at Sligo V.E.C. for many years creating generations of sailing instructors in Sligo, in communities who would not otherwise have had access to the sport.”

Anyone who wishes to sponsor a child or donate to this initiative can do so here

Safe Haven Ireland

Welcome Wave

Oysterhaven

8 thoughts on “All Aboard

  1. Johnny

    This is absolutely brilliant,well done all involved nothing like a day on the water to appreciate Irelands natural beauty- Ireland and its truly a spectacular place to windsurf and surf-water is absolutely freezing but with a good 5mm wetsuit you be grand…stay safe everyone.

  2. JEH

    Savage! Thanks for posting this! I’m surprised it wasn’t mentioned in the INSS news letter. I’ll pass it along to them too.

    1. Johnny

      …is this not local enough,they appear close enough to Kinsale which incidentally has incredible conditions for windsurfing and is stunning.
      ..“The young people taking part this year are from direct provision centres in Mallow, Co Cork and Kinsale Road Direct Provision Centre in Cork City”..

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