Thank you Cebe. Its an informative magazine for sure. I believe that to be a good teacher it is essential to constantly look at methods used by others in order improve, where possible, the methods which we use when giving casting lessons. It benefits the learner, but it is also good practice in that we must always strive to improve how we convey our instructions effectively.
Hi Mike and thank you, hope you and your family are keeping well. Yes all ok at this end. The GAIA exams are not easy, thats for sure, but then again anything that is worth achieving is never easy. Its a big commitment in time and energy and without the constant support and encouragement of my family I would probably have thrown in the towel. Haven't told them yet that I am taking the advanced level next year!
J.James, thank you. It is indeed a massive undertaking, particularly in relation to the tasks which are required for the assessment. All casts must be completed to specific standards off both shoulders with equal proficiency. Its not easy to learn how to cast with ease with both hands, your mind is telling the body to do one thing and the result is entirely different. It takes time and lots of practice but it is worth it even if for personal use, I can now fish comfortably in almost any environment in conditions that would have most people head for home. In relation to the information you have provided above, I am a member of a different organisation, Game Angling Instructors Association, which is based in the UK but with members in Ireland, Scotland, Italy and the USA. We have a different set of qualifying standards to that of APGAI Ireland, specifically the need to perform all tasks off both shoulders under assessment.
Hi Back Eddy. No disrespect is taken. I will answer your question but would first ask what it is that you would want to find when contacting a casting instructor? I notice that in one of your previous posts back in 2013 you sought advice on a DH casting instructor in Denver, did you get good instruction from a qualified individual? In deciding to commit to a course of study and practice to become a DH casting instructor, I initially viewed it as a way to improve my own ability and understanding of casting and the theory behind it. I wanted to enhance the enjoyment of the sport that I love and by becoming proficient I have achieved a level of ability that I would probably not have attained had I not taken this journey. I have become friends with some of the most talented, knowledgeable and nicest people in our sport and that alone has been worth the effort. The attainment of the GAIC qualification of Professional Game Angling Instructor has provided me with the technical ability and theoretical knowledge necessary to allow me to give instruction in the art of DH casting. I have been assessed by my peers under a rigorous process and have been deemed to have the necessary teaching skills, casting proficiency and knowledge to enable me to instruct others to a high standard. To ensure that I can provide the best possible instruction and service I also sought and received Certification as a Level 2 Coach, Certified First Aider, CPR and Defib, Certified Coach for People with Disabilities, Certified Child Welfare Training, Certified Safe Wading and River Rescue, have Police Vetting approval and have full insurance cover. All of this benefits me and voluntary organisations with which I work where we offer instruction to children and vulnerable adults. My own clients can be confident that they are receiving instruction from a qualified individual who can provide a safe and structured learning path to achieve their goal of becoming proficient with a DH rod. As for perks, the biggest perk for me is seeing students progress and becoming confident in their own ability.
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