"Bridging the Gap"

Why use Academic - Navigandum

Tim is a recognised: -
  • Dinghy/Keelboat Coach Assessor
  • Powerboat trainer

He's been teaching sailing and powerboating since 1990.

He has taught sailing all over the world: in the UK, mainly based on the south coast but often seen on the east and west coast and in Europe; France, Greece, Spain and Worldwide Caribbean, South Pacific, Turkey, Taiwan, UAE, Kuwait and China. He worked for seven years in England for the Isle of Wight county council.

I have now been working in an International School for four years. We moved here as a family after I had been running T.S. Training for fifteen years and my wife was a science teacher for a secondary school on the south coast of England.

She was then offered the head of Science at an International School and it also turned out the school had a watersports department and Tim was offered the position of Director of Sailing.

Since starting at the school, I have realised that sailing/watersports offers a lot of potention for building skills for students.

Timothy Smith

What academic benefits can watersports support?

  • Sailing, windsurfing and kayaking cover many areas of the Key Stage 2 curriculum, delivering practical application of academic subjects including Geography, Maths, English and Science.
  • Sailing and windsurfing engage children in key areas of PSHEE (Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education) including building personal identities, improving communication and learning to form good relationships, as well as covering a variety of cross-curricular learning areas.
  • Many aspects of physical education are covered within sailing, kayaking and windsurfing help develop physical strength, flexibility, control, balance and spacial awareness, offering both individual and team challenges to those taking part. They also teach important elements of water safety.
  • Collaboration and competition are essential elements of Academic Navigandum programme as are evaluating performance and recognising success.
  • English is also covered, with spoken language and effective communication being essential elements of learning to sail. And of course, there is endless creative inspiration to be gained from being on the water and out in the great outdoors.