SGAIC - Have You Got What it Takes?
Have you got what it takes to be a qualified Scottish fly fishing instructor?
Source: FishingMegastore Blog
The SGAIC organisers are now taking applications for the next round of assessments in both single and double handed disciplines, with the next course starting in October 2013.
SGAIC is the home of Scottish Game Angling Instruction and the aim of the Scottish Game Angling Certificate is to improve the quality and number of instructors available to game anglers in Scotland.
There are many benefits of being a SGAIC trained instructor, including:
• SGAIC is the only instructor qualification where candidates receive training/coaching and development plans aimed at getting them to pass. Other qualifications just require that you pay the fee and turn up on assessment day.
• Quality instruction and assessment. All lead instructors are all qualified to Association of Advanced Professional Game Angling Instructors (AAPGAI) advanced level, and most also hold level 2 Sports Coach qualifications. They always use independent assessors to ensure fair and consistent assessments; these assessors are AAPGAI Masters (the highest qualification in the UK).
• An active community of instructors across Scotland. Meet great people with like minds and share ideas and experiences.
• Continuous Personal Development. SGAIC hold a minimum of one CPD day a year aimed at ensuring SGAIC instructors continue to develop their skills and learn new things.
• An opportunity to progress. Holders of the SGAIC qualification automatically have equivalence with AAPGAI's provisional level. This means, should you wish to progress you can go straight to taking the AAPGAI advanced assessments.
• Once you complete the course you can get an instructors license from the Scottish National Anglers Association (SANA). This makes it easier to work with schools/local authorities and means you are insured as an instructor
To join the course you need to be a reasonably competent caster to begin with and an experienced fly fisherman. An inexperienced angler and poor caster will struggle to make the improvements necessary to reach instructor standard in the time required. You can sit either one or both the Single Hand (Trout) or the Double Hand (Salmon) assessment but it is usually recommended that you do them one at a time!
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