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On watch with Philip Hoar

Published 28/08/2020

On watch with…

Name: Philip Hoar

Position: Senior Education Coordinator

Qualifications: BA (Hons) History & Education, City & Guilds TAQA Level 3 Certificate in Assessing Vocational Achievement, Gold Duke of Edinburgh Assessor, Senior RYA Instructor (keelboat & multihull endorsed), RYA Powerboat & Safety Boat Instructor

Years at UKSA: 6

Describe your role in ten words:

Coordinating and delivering various further education courses here at UKSA.

Who inspires you?

My family are a massive source of inspiration encouraging and supporting me through my studies and career.

My students provide daily inspiration as they continuously strive to achieve their academic qualifications and goals through their time here at UKSA and it is always a pleasure to hear what they have gone on to achieve since leaving UKSA.

And finally, my colleagues who are all passionate about what they do and work hard to ensure that the students enrolled on our courses receive the best tuition and support possible during their course.

How do you define success?

My definition of success would be watching my students achieve and exceed their goals and expectations through hard work and determination.

How long have you been working in the education & maritime industry?

Having grown up on the island and being taught to sail from a young age being on and around the water has been a big part of my life.

I have been working in the education industry since graduating from Bath Spa University in 2010 and have worked in educational establishments both on and off the island in a variety of roles.

When I had the opportunity to combine my educational background with my passion for the water here at UKSA, I leapt at the opportunity and have been here ever since!

What is your most memorable moment on the water?

My most memorable moment on the water was having the privilege to watch a group of students put together a J80 keelboat team and compete in various events throughout the year including Cowes Week, Round The Island Race, ISC Evening Race Series and the J80 Worlds. As a special thanks from the team for managing and supporting their campaign, they presented me with their 1st prize trophy from Cowes Week which sits proudly on my desk.

How long have you been working at UKSA?

I have been working at UKSA since 2014 when I first joined the Education Department as a ‘Sports Performance, Coaching and Fitness Tutor. Since then I have progressed into my current role as Senior Education Coordinator where I am responsible for the coordination of the various education courses and the students enrolled.

What is the best thing about working at UKSA?

The best thing about working at UKSA is the people, from my colleagues to the students. The wealth of knowledge and experience within our team is awe inspiring, watching this knowledge get passed on so enthusiastically to such a diverse range of students – from school groups to deck officers – is what makes UKSA so unique and special.

What advice would you give someone embarking upon a Further Education course at UKSA?

UKSA can provide you with so much more than just a qualification, it can open a whole world of career opportunities within the maritime industry. So, if you think that you might want to pursue a career in the maritime industry then give UKSA a call and we can discuss which one of our courses might be right for you.

What is your favourite thing to do when you get some time off?

Spending time with my family exploring the island and its many hidden beaches is by far my favourite pastime. I also manage and skipper a local yacht racing team competing in various inshore events here in the Solent.

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