Children enjoyÂ fun in the sun
SCHOOLÂ may be '˜out for summer' but local children are enjoying the fantastic weather and makingÂ use of the region'sÂ waterfront location to learn news skills.
Nearly 70 children are this week taking part in outdoor education activitiesÂ run by PortsmouthÂ Watersports Centre.
ChildrenÂ can take part in activity programmes where they can learn new pursuitsÂ such as sailing, kayaking,Â paddle boarding, climbing and archery.
Communications coordinator, Ben Lee, believes as well as providing a '˜fun' experienceÂ the coursesÂ also provideÂ a chanceÂ to develop new skills outside the classroom.
'˜Outdoor education provides a challenge for children. Those pupils who don't necessarily excel in the classroom can often thrive in a completely different environment where the learning is more practical,' explained Mr Lee.
Mr Lee is a firm believer that learning outside the classroom can also developÂ children's personal skills.
'˜You can't sail a boat without teamwork and being able toÂ listenÂ and communicate,' added Mr Lee.
Participants can also attain formal qualifications ranging fromÂ novice to instructor status.
Millie Morton-Scott, 15, who is currently working towards her Royal Yachting AssociationÂ stage three sailing qualification, said: '˜I want to work at Camp AmericaÂ and so I need to get my sailing qualifications to teach other people.'
Cailtlin Knowlson, 7, who is taking part in the '˜extreme activity' week, added: '˜This isÂ more excitingÂ than school as you get to learn byÂ adventure.'