We are pleased to announce that former student, Dominic Jackson, who left Windermere School in 2014, has become on of the youngest ever professional yacht masters.
Dominic passed the ‘professional yacht master offshore course’, delivered by the North West Sports Centre on the island of Cumbrae, in Scotland. Dominic, who is described by his family as a ‘natural sailor’, started learning the ropes aged 10 at the International School in Qatar and was part of the School’s sailing squad throughout his time at Windermere School.
Dominic was one of the core members of the sailing squad at Windermere School and took part in many local regattas and club events. Before Dominic left Windermere, he completed his RYA Dinghy Instructor assessment enabling him to teach in the various dinghy classes. Dominic’s clear passion and enthusiasm for sailing is easy to see, and to achieve such a high standard in yachting at the age of 18 is astonishing.
“To pass this course aged 18 is very unusual. There are not many who can do it.” said Cumbrae’s Professional Yacht Master Instructor, Rod Smith. “The course is very intense and involves all aspects of learning, from skippering a boat, to the theoretical elements, such as navigation and meteorological testing. Dominic was an exceptional candidate and we applaud him on his achievement. Passing this aged 18, is pretty much as young as you can get!”
The first time my daughter and I visited the school she said to me “that is a happy school no question.” The scholastic achievements of the school are evident and an easy measure for a school to demonstrate. What is hard to quantify is the holistic development of a pupil at which, in my experience, Windermere School excels.
Windermere School is such a unique community to be a part of. Not only is it based in a truly beautiful and inspiring national park, but the environment created by staff and students alike makes for an incredibly supportive, proactive, exciting and international place of learning in which everyone can thrive and be the best they can be.