Case studies

Susie Greatorex

Developing student’s water confidence.

WIT Graduate Susie Greatorex decided on a course at UKSA after doing work experience at Wight Water. Now she’s finished the WIT, she’s training on the Instructor Development Programme.

She said: “My year at UKSA has been one of the most enjoyable times of my life.” We took the opportunity to ask her about her training, her ambitions and what she would say to would-be watersports instructors.

My first impressions of UKSA were …

“… of the very friendly staff who are always willing to use their own time to help you.”

“I have made some the best friends here and I will have them for ever.”

Susie received government funding because …

“… as I am under 18 both courses are funded as an alternative to college or sixth form.”

Dealing with such a variety of students …

“… is always going to be challenging. You need to find a way to deal differently with each age group.”

The best moments for me …

“… are seeing the happiness on students’ faces when they are enjoying the session. I also love to see students go from being nervous to jumping off the pontoons at the end of the session.”

What next?

“I’m going to do some summer and winter seasons abroad. Then I’ll come back to UKSA to either continue with watersports or move into yachting. I’ll see how I feel nearer the time.”

Susie’s advice

“You have to be hard-working and enthusiastic if you want your students to have a fantastic experience. So try to make sure that you enjoy the job.”

Would you like to follow in Susie’s footsteps?

Please call our advisors on 01983 203038.

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