Additional qualifications and offers of employment were the gifts a group of students brought back from a recent trip to Greece.
Marine Biology and Watersports students from Falmouth Marine School spent their final week of term in Vasiliki in Greece with activity holiday company, Ocean Elements.
One youngster that stood out in particular was Marine Biology student Jenna Scates-Veale, 17, previously from Richard Lander School.
She was offered the opportunity to return to Greece to complete a five week training programme with Ocean Elements to become windsurfing instructor with them.
Jenna said she was “delighted to be offered the opportunity”.
“It would be amazing to work in Greece, but I have one more year left on my marine biology course,” she explained.
“However, I have worked it out with my tutors that I can complete the training in November, return to finish my diploma and then I can start the season. I never expected to get a job offer with full training paid for whilst on an end of term holiday.”
All of the students on the trip had a certified lesson in Windsurfing, Sailing and Powerboat Level 2, with the opportunity to complete a qualification.
Morgan Hurst, 17, previously from Penryn College, gained his RYA Level 1 sailing qualification. He said “it was great learning how to sail and even better to come away with another qualification”.
“The trip was the perfect way to end the term,” he added.
In addition to the structured qualifications, sessions in kayaking, stand-up paddle boarding, mountain biking and fitness were offered daily. The students also enjoyed an excursion to the waterfall at Nidri and the opportunity to dive or snorkel with Nautilus Diving.
Laura Abu-Sakran, 17, who moved from Lincolnshire to study marine biology at the college commented: “The diving in Greece was amazing; I was offered work in the summer with Club Vass, which I intend to take up next year.”
Programme Manager Angela Webster said it had be “a great success”.
“I will be booking the same venue for next years’ trip which will include the Boatbuilding and Marine Engineering students,” she revealed.
“The students work incredibly hard to complete their programmes of study, end of year trips like this a great way to celebrate their efforts and provide them with some extra qualifications and experiences; and for some gain a job.”
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