SGAIC 09/10 - Open Day

The Scottish Game Angler Instructor Certificate (SGAIC) was my entry point into the world of fly fishing instruction and it really changed the way I think about things. Firstly it made me realise how far I had to go/could go in improving my casting and fishing knowledge; second it showed me how much enjoyment and satisfaction there is to be had in helping people to cast and fish; and third it introduced me to a whole bunch of fantastic people - initially within SGAIC and later through the Association of Advanced Game Angling Instructors (AAPGAI).

Clive keeps them interestedOn the weekend of 26th/27th October we held our annual SGAIC open day for prospective candidates and we also conducted our autumn round of assessments. Once again the weekend surpassed expectations for me. On the Saturday it was great to meet a new set of people, all keen on becoming instructors. I think it's brilliant when you meet people from widely differing backgrounds but who have a common bond and enthusiasm.

Glynn talks safetyOnce again we were lucky to have Clive Mitchell Hill and Glyn Freeman along from AAPGAI to conduct master-classes on the SGAIC syllabus and to answer any questions that candidates might have about becoming an instructor. I know that their demonstrations and presentations went down superbly well (despite the usual wind and rain) and as usual everyone went away inspired and enthused about the course.

Clive and Glyn were on hand again on the Sunday as assessors for those people taking their final exam from the 08/09 course. I'm pleased to say that we had a great day and that four out of the five candidates passed - a record! The look on the candidates faces at the end of the day showed how much it meant to them - they'd all obviously put a ton of work in and it showed in their performance on the day. Congratulations to them all.
It was great to catch up with Clive and Glyn once again. Over the last three years we've built up a solid relationship with AAPGAI through these guys. With help from AAPGAI we've successfully increased the number of quality instructors in Scotland, and provided a springboard for several SGAIC instructors to go on to pass the AAPGAI advanced certificate. This boosts the skill-base of Scottish instructors even further and brings more experience and learning back in to the SGAIC fold. Talk about a virtuous circle!
If you'd like any more info on the SGAIC course for 09/10 drop me a line. If it's half as much fun as last year it'll be a blast!
Will Shaw
Secretary – SANA SGAIC Committee.