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Danny Keighley

Danny Keighley

RYA Dinghy Instructor

When did you first start working for Rockley?

My first season was in June 2015.

What qualifications have you gained through Rockley?

I have achieved my Multi hull Instructor, Senior Instructor and RYA Safety Boat qualifications with Rockley.

What is your favourite Rockley memory?

My favourite memory so far at Rockley was either teaching Kelsey, a blind boy who loves outdoor activities and really wanted to get out on the water and learn how to sail, and also blasting around the lake with Maisie and Sam!

Lois Noyce

Lois Noyce

Cadetship Candidate & Instructor 2014/15

What did I do before Rockley?

When I was younger, I used to sail a 505 dinghy with my dad at our local reservoir, Rutland Water. School then took over a little bit and sailing took a back step. I studied my A-Levels and then had a year of working in a restaurant as I didn't really know what I wanted to do. I then saw that Rockley was doing a Cadetship course which offered 3 instructor qualifications and 3 months’ work experience. I jumped at this opportunity as I thought this would be perfect to get me back into the hobby that I loved and gain a career from it.

What was my first job role?

After gaining my qualifications at Rockley Point in England, my first bit of instructing was at Rockley's 'Le Lac' centre in France. Firstly I was tasked with helping the more experienced DI's and WI's in their sessions, but once I then gained my confidence and was happy with how the centre ran, I was then tasked with running my own sessions.

What qualifications have I gained through Rockley?

Throughout the two and a half years I worked with Rockley, the water based qualifications I have gained are, Dinghy Instructor, Multihull Instructor, Windsurf Instructor, Powerboat instructor, Safety Boat Instructor and Senior Instructor. The shore based qualifications I gained were Day Skipper Theory and my First Aid certificate.

What have I done since leaving Rockley?

After leaving Rockley, I worked for a charity in London called the AHOY Centre. Here, I was their Senior Instructor and was in charge of their 8-18 year old youth group and their Sailability project. This gave me so much experience not only on the water, but it gave me managerial experience on land too.

After one year in this job, I then moved to the other side of the country and joined a similar Charity in Plymouth called Horizons. Here I am their Chief instructor and I oversee all that happens on the water and also run and manage their youth group.

What advice would I give someone who wants to get into the Watersports industry?

Don't ever give up. There is always going to be the time when you are at the bottom of the hierarchy and you might think that you are stuck in a hole with no hope of progression, but if you really want it, you will get it. There are so many opportunities to progress in the industry, it’s just a matter of choosing the correct path for you. It is such a close nit friendly community that everybody is willing to help you.

Cat Albutt

Cat Albutt

Centre Manager La Rive

What were you doing before you came to Rockley?

I went to Hartpury College and studied Outdoor Education. I was also working on the family farm (ooo arhh)

What was your first job role?

Kayak Instructor

What qualifications have you gained through Rockley?

PB2, DI, multihull and SI

What is your role and where are you this year?

This year I will be managing the La Rive centre.

What is your favourite Rockley memory?

Getting my SI and doing the 0-hero DI course

Lizzy Bourne

Lizzy Bourne

Activity Manager France

What were you doing before you came to Rockley?

So before Rockley, I studied outdoor adventure at Plumpton agricultural college.

What was your first job role?

My first job role was as a Kayak and MTB Instructor.

What qualifications have you gained through Rockley?

Through Rockley I have gained my RYA dingy instructor, windsurf instructor, sailing instructor and multi-hull instructor.

What advise would you give to someone who is starting their first season?

Take sun cream - it gets hot! Listen to your mum you don't need 20 T-shirts, and always wear shoes (especially at Azur). Be prepared to have the best time of your life and make some amazing new friends that you will still talk to 6 years later.....

What is your favourite Rockley memory?

Passing my senior instructor course was probably the proudest moment for me. Aafter working towards it for a few season finally seeing them tick the pass box was truly amazing.

OR/ ASWELL

Becoming Activity Manager. The role I had aspired to be since my first season becoming the first female chief in a while is a proud moment for me!

Claire Arnold

Claire Arnold

Centre Senior France

When did you first get involved with Rockley?

I first got involved with Rockley when I was 13. I went to La Rive with Hove Park School on a trip and from then I wanted to become an Instructor. I then went to Plumpton College after finding out I could get placement through Plumpton for Rockley and achieved my UKCCL1.

What was your first job role?

My first Job role was an Activity Instructor, focusing more on mountain biking and kayaking on my first season.

What qualifications have you gained/will you gain through Rockley?

The qualifications I have gained from Rockley is my PB2 and my Dinghy Instructor, I hope to achieve my Senior Instructor shortly.

What is your role and where this season?

My role this year is a Centre Senior at Le Lac

Where do you see yourself in 5 years’ time?

In 5 years’ time I hope to still be travelling around gaining experience and using the qualifications I have gained through Rockley. I also hope to have a permanent job somewhere in the world which means I’ll be able to make a life for myself while staying in the outdoor education industry.

Greg Haylock

Greg Haylock

Operations Manager UK & France

What did you do before you came to Rockley?

I went to the University of Wales Aberystwyth – HSBC Zoology 2 but have also done various other jobs including – Parcel Force Driver and Abbey National Express Service Assistant.

What qualifications have you gained through Rockley?

Dinghy instructor, windsurf instructor, PB2, VHF, sea survival.SI, windsurfing intermediate planning instructor, powerboat instructor. MIAS level 2 instructor, SUP level 1 instructor. IOSH H&S managing safety.

What job roles have you held over your time at Rockley?

I started as a Dinghy and Windsurf Instructor at la Rive and have been Assistant Manager and Manager at all three centres. I am now Operations Manager for all 3.

What advise would you give to someone looking to work their way up in the Watersports industry?

To use all opportunities that arise. Get qualifications in multiple discipline sports and experience as much as you can even at another company. Put 100% in everything you do as you will get great results and be seen to want more, therefore getting more responsibility and trusted to move up positions!

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