Sea Cadet Adult Volunteer – Sub Lieutenant Monty Smedley from Southampton has become the very first person in the UK to qualify as a UKCC Level 3 Surf Kayak Coach. Monty who is the SCC Headquarters Staff Officer for Paddlesports gained the new award very recently after completing a very tough training and assessment program which included:
- A three-day core training course in 2015 which is common to all Coaches on the Level 3 pathway. This was followed by two days of discipline specific (surf kayak) training at Westward Ho! In North Devon. On completion Monty then had to find two mentors, one to advise on coaching practice and one to advise on technical delivery. Both mentors had to watch the sessions he delivered over a one year period.
- Finding 2-4 committed cadets who would sign up for a year long process including goal setting, monthly sessions and attending a final assessment day. Two cadets, identical twins Sophie and Beth from Salisbury unit, signed up, each with individual goals, each completing 21 sessions with Monty over a 12-month period.
- Planning the long-term student’s development into sessions, agreeing dates around school work and other commitments, running sessions on the water, reviewing and then writing up all of the information into a portfolio, which was nearly 200 pages when complete.
- Submitting the final portfolio for review and undertaking a final full day’s assessment in Bude, North Cornwall
As part of the process Beth and Sophie took part in a surf competition and both achieved their BC 3* Surf Kayak Award.
As you can see from what was required this was a long process, which amongst work, family and other SCC commitments took up most of Monty’s free time!
S/Lt (SCC) Monty Smedley RNR is a long-term SCC Volunteer who has been an Instructor in the organisation since 1994. Now aged 41 He is still as committed to the SCC and Kayaking as he was when joining as a cadet at York Unit in his teens. Monty gained his BCU 1 Star award in 1991 and became a L2 Coach/Assessor in July 2000 since then he has built up a large portfolio of BCU (latterly Canoe England) Qualifications using them both as a coach and a committed paddler.
Written by Lt Cdr (SCC) Ray Mitchell GCGI RNR