The 2nd NAUTILUS pilot on-site training camp was organized in Alacati, Turkey. Local water sports instructors participated in experiential tasks, open space activities, workshops, and discussions to exchange and update knowledge, develop new skills and contribute to the discussion for sustainability in coastal and water sports tourism.
Environmental awareness and knowledge about ‘Protecting and Preserving Biodiversity’ is one of the NAUTILUS training objectives. In Alacati we had the opportunity to be guided to the wetland of the area by the ‘Birds of Alacati’ organization. They informed us about Alacati Sulak Alani, its value and importance for the local ecosystem, and the threats this wetland faces. A beach clean-up was also scheduled in the local area.
Theoretical and hands-on workshops combined with scenarios-based training, and skills-based tasks gave participants the opportunity to update their knowledge and skills on safety, risk assessment, management, and first aid.
Cross water sports knowledge was also included in the training, focusing on wing surfing and wing foiling, a new trend that has created a new demand for training.
This training camp was the second of the three scheduled pilot programmes that will lead to the successful development of the NAUTILUS TRAINING PROGRAMME AND CERTIFICATION of the water sports instructors that will become Water Sports Tourism Professionals.
The next training camp will be organised in Sicily, Italy. Stay tuned…