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August 14th 2017

ACF volunteer gains qualification to teach water sports

Ian Powell paddle boarding at Derbyshire ACF's summer camp

Ian Powell paddle boarding at Derbyshire ACF's summer camp

A volunteer from Derbyshire has qualified to teach canoeing and kayaking through the Army Cadet Force (ACF).

Sergeant Major Instructor Ian Powell, an adult volunteer with Derbyshire ACF’s Heanor Detachment, has just passed his UKCC level 1 Coaching Course in Paddle Sport to be allowed to both teach and assess  cadets and adult volunteers on the water. He is also now working towards achieving a qualification to teach stand up paddle-boarding.

Explaining more about the opportunities available to Cadet Force adult volunteers like him, Ian said: “Adventure training is a big part of being in the ACF for me personally. It’s really enjoyable and can help young people to gain a variety of new skills outside of school or college such as the ability to work as a team, listen to instructions and communicate clearly to others in the group.

Ian Powell on the water

Ian Powell on the water

“Becoming an adult volunteer in the ACF is something completely different to what many people may perceive the ACF to be. I’ve made lots of friends through volunteering, learnt new skills and feel that I am personally making a difference in my community by teaching young people activities in their spare time. The ACF is what you want it to be, adult volunteers can also enjoy all of the activities organised for the cadets.”

Originally joining the ACF as a cadet, Ian has since spent the last 14 years volunteering with the Cadet Force as an adult.

Ian, aged 32, continued: “The ACF is always evolving; there is always something you can go and do. Whether it is taking part in a drill instructors course or getting involved in an expedition, whatever takes your fancy – there is generally a path for you to follow to reach your personal goals.”

Ian Powell paddle boarding at Derbyshire ACF's summer camp (1)

Ian Powell paddle boarding earlier this month

Working as a Programme Leader in an outdoor activity centre in his civilian life sees Ian manage a small team of people and has allowed him to transfer a number of his organisational skills learnt through the ACF into his civilian working life. He continued: “I work with my team to put together adventure training packages for schools including expedition training in subjects like climbing and canoeing. Being in the ACF has definitely allowed me to develop my team working skills and how to manage people.”

As well as completing a number of courses through the ACF, Ian has also had the chance to travel to locations around the world. In 2010, he visited Nepal as part of an expedition to Everest Base Camp; he has visited Germany on a number of occasions skiing with the cadets, as well as visiting Belgium and France as part of organised battlefield tours.

To become an adult volunteer in the ACF you do not need any military or teaching experience as everything can be learnt after you apply.

Derbyshire ACF has detachments across the county including Derby, Chesterfield, Long Eaton, Buxton, Glossop, Ilkeston, New Mills, Matlock and Chapel-En-Le Frith.

To find out more about volunteering in your area with the ACF contact 01332 772025 ext. 21 or email em-der-ao1@rfca.mod.uk

"I’ve made lots of friends through volunteering, learnt new skills and feel that I am personally making a difference in my community by teaching young people activities in their spare time. The ACF is what you want it to be, adult volunteers can also enjoy all of the activities organised for the cadets.”