GAIA (Game Angling Instructors Association) have a spring meet annually in Scotland. We say spring but it always seems to be bitterly cold and we have even been known to have snow. For the last few years I have organised the event this year the numbers have grown and we are anticipating about 50 members and guests to be present.
The week end is used both for assessments and continuous professional development for existing members. Assessments is an opportunity for new recruits and associate members to sit the GAIA certificate for both Trout or Salmon casting and fly dressing. This would enable them to become full members of GAIA. Existing members are also encouraged to develop their skills by undertaking an Advanced Professional Game Angling Instructors (APGAI) assessment in the above disciplines.
Part of being a member of GAIA and a game angling instructor is that you also commit to continuous professional development (CPD) in order to maintain and develop your skills. This year this takes place on the 13th March and we have arranged a full program. 2010 program
Our CPD day is also open to non members, an opportunity for anglers interested in either being an instructor or wanting instruction to come and observe. We also guarantee them a casting lesson from one of the countries finest instructors, the charge for non members is £55 for the day it includes attendance at all the workshops and lunch.
If you get an opportunity get along, for directions and details of the fishery go to http://www.tweedswood.com/