Apprentices hit the surf at Watergate Bay!
Part of the chef training programme here at Fifteen Cornwall involves team building events for our apprentices. It’s really beneficial for them to get out of the kitchen once in a while and work together on different activities, learning to bond together in a less stressful environment. It’s a rigorous programme that we run here, condensed into 12 months in an extremely busy kitchen, so some time out now and again is really necessary!
So, recently our Welfare and Support Manager Matt Thomas, who is responsible for taking care of the needs of the apprentices outside of the kitchen (things like housing issues, anger management, counselling etc.), arranged for them to do a surf safari with Carl Coombes, Sports Manager at the Extreme Academy, Watergate Bay.
The day started with a meet and greet with the lifeguards here at Watergate Bay who do a fantastic job of patrolling the beach, ensuring everyone’s safety in the water during the busy summer months. The apprentices were given a talk by the lifeguards and learnt about what their jobs involved, before checking out all of the equipment that is needed to run a successful operation on the beach. It was then in to the water for a surfing lesson with Carl and each of them had a really fun time. It doesn’t take long to build up an appetite though when you’re burning up all that energy, so after getting out of the water the apprentices stopped for lunch, before heading back to the beach for some volleyball and softball and finally it was back into the sea for more surfing, body boarding and swimming!
The group had a really great day and Matt would like to say a big thank you to Carl and Vince who were both fantastic in teaching the apprentices in the water, and also a thank you to the lifeguards for taking the time to teach them about what they do.
Keep an eye on the blog for the next update on the apprentice’s team building days.