Eotc Agreement Group

Eotc Agreement Group

IMCI took the initiative to create the Recreational Marine Agreement Group (RMAG) and requested its recognition by the EOTC. These procedures should enable IMCI (and others) to demonstrate that it is qualified as a certification body and should therefore be formally approved by the authorities. The founding members of RMAG are IMCI, Register Holland, ATV and NMMA, as well as the European Commission, as well as representatives of the public and industry. Lars Granholm is elected president of RMAG. The group has 12 meetings and is responsible for developing the first guidelines for pleasure craft. It takes three years for RMAG to achieve EOTC recognition. The lengthy approval process is necessary, as the EOTC is also a full member of the NMMA and the NMMA is the first US certification organisation to gain EU recognition. After recognition by RMAG, EOTC publishes and refers to the RMAG to show that there is no “fortress of the European Union”. Parents are encouraged to assess their own skills and ability to participate. An escort team in a van carries the belongings of the cyclists and rides behind the slower driving group. Even children who have not yet cycled can participate fully. A research project in a school showed that leadership training has a very important impact on students. Evaluations showed that students had strengthened their self-confidence, interpersonal skills, tolerance and understanding of others, confidence to lead and speak in front of a group of people.

They were more aware of their own skills and strengths, had improved relationships with teachers at school and gained value in the qualities of their school. They appreciated the experiential style of learning and found it effective, gained increased awareness of the environment and gained the ability to transfer skills and knowledge to other parts of their lives. In addition, students who had left school were interviewed and indicated that leadership training had helped them take on roles and responsibilities at the university.

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