Review our Outdoor Education in Asia Programs
Outdoor Education with SIA means you are safe, certain and always in control of your students learning program or expedition. We have experience of over thirty years running OE courses all over the world, including Duke of Edinburgh International Award Adventurous Journeys. SIA have two major sites of operation, one in Krabi province, our river base, the other on Phuket Island at Yon Bay at the Phuket Water Sports Centre - our sea base.
Outdoor Education Consultancy work with SIA
SIA have been working closely with schools for almost two decades in Thailand and also in London and environs in UK. We are currently involved with the International Schools Sailing Association in Europe and SIA have been a partner of ISSA in writing Sailing Course handbooks for adults and children.
Our consultancy has involved us with establishing Yacht Club Sailing Programs, running Safety Boat Courses for schools and teachers as well as organising First Aid Courses for Instructors and Teachers involved in outdoor education. SIA are the Instructor Training Centre for Asia for Yachts Keelboats and Dinghy Centre. We are keen to train school teachers in Thailand, Singapore and Malaysia in OE sports and activities so schools can enable their teachers to be involved in off site visits, trips and expeditions with their students. Canoeing, sailing, SUP trips and of course camping and trekking journeys.
Advisory Work for International Schools
SIA will be able to reach most schools by social media or by email and so we hope to offer advice when requested by our local schools. Advisory work will normally be free (after an ISSA school is opened). Sail in Asia has worked with Phuket Yacht Club to establish their Junior sailing programme. We also have worked with Harrow International to establish and help train staff to be safety boat trained and to establish a QMS and a robust teaching scheme to introduce youngsters into the wonder world of Outdoor Education.
It is necessary to have a good idea of how the school is run and what development plans they are making to expand their business and their expertise. Advisory work will always be treated confidentially and schools must feel that they are being treated well but not given the green light when clearly amber is required. Advisory work is a positive process and SIA will always be trying to listen and to consider schools issues and perspectives.
Outdoor Education Courses
International Schools send students on week long courses to participate in a range of OE activities. We can engage students in ISSA sailing courses, Canoeing, Dragon Boating, Camping, SUP and Multi activity weeks.
Its not difficult to see why parents want to send their kids to outdoor education centres when they are expertly staffed and offering a wonderful range of activities. The learning environment is perfectly tuned to our philosophy of experential learning. Check out our main OE website and see whats on offer.
Core Outdoor Education Courses and Activities are listed on our main OE website. School groups may wish to choose more than one Core Option, and add Additional Adventure Activities to structure a multi activity program. Leaders of School Groups are invited to review the activities and contact us to discuss their choices and organise a school program and costing. We also have outlines and multi activity 2,3,4 and 5 day programmes for International Schools.
Activities such as cardboard boat making and then racing them are educationally sound activities that give students opportunities to work as a team and be creative and plan their approach to the problem of how to make a boat out of cardboard? The communication, problem solving and fun involved in this activity cannot be underestimated. Its also an activity that works well with a beach BBQ on the final day of the school trip.
Duke of Edinburgh Expeditions
SIA are Outdoor Education providers for some of Asia's top International Schools. We train students to handle yachts and then take them in a flotilla to the outlying islands of Phuket's Phang Nga Bay. These expeditions are truely rewarding for all students as the challenges are clear and the encouragement given to students to work together, rely on each other and overcome the elements gives them huge satisfaction and personal growth.
Mike Downard is the ISSA Instructor Trainer and Examiner for Asia. Mike was trained as an Outdoor Education Teacher in UK and has been involved in water sports training and education for many years. Mike was formerly the chief Instructor of London's most active water sports centre (DSWC).
Since coming to Asia Mike has been involved in writing IP for water sports courses for International Sailing Schools Association and implementing the courses with adults and children. Mike is an advisory coach for Sailing Dinghies, Keelboats Yachts and Multihulls.
Sail in Asia are often asked to run courses for Schools such as Harrow International - RIB Skipper training and how to set up a water sports activity centre are two of the most recent projects.
At Outdoor Education in Asia we believe in a learner-centred approach to discovering Outdoor Education. Our programs are professionally designed, to provide, comprehensive, experiential learning activity.
All our sailing courses also result in your students receiving an Internationally recognised qualification, from the International Sailing Schools Association (ISSA). Our Core Activities and courses will form the basis of your trip and give your students high quality learning experiences on, or in, the water.
Duke of Edinburgh Expeditions are popular with schools in Thailand. We train your students to sail in 3 or 4 days, students are taught to make decisions without teachers or instructors on board by day 3/4 and students also learn to navigate a route, plan a passage and execute the plan. Safety boats are in attendance as are support vessels. The whole expedition encourages students to make all sorts of decisions but to have a strong sense of group cohesion. Camping and planning cooking routines and menus, is all part of the 'game'. This activity is challenging but rewarding and many schools are committed to the Sailing Expeditions run by SIA.