Henry Nagel from Scotland took a year out from university for a Ski Instructor course in Whistler, followed by a Yachtmaster Ocean Traineeship in Cowes and Sydney.
Henry remembers his time in Whistler: The place is totally awesome. I was already a fairly confident skier but I didn't have any sailing experience before I started the course.
I had always wanted to ski in Whistler. I had heard about the amazing powder and choice of runs and I definitely wanted to experience it for myself.
The others on my course were great a mix of Europeans and Australians. We all got on really well and I made some great friends. My best day was the back country skiing when our instructor took us off piste. It was really exciting and challenging.
The instructor course itself was really interesting and now I have a qualification I can use to work in Whistler next season.
After Whistler it was back to the UK to start the Yachtmaster Ocean Traineeship.
I didn't have any previous sailing experience, but I knew that there would be others on the course like me.
Every day on the course was completely different, each week we were doing something new.
Sydney to Coffs Harbour
My favourite part of the course was the spinnaker week in Sydney Harbour and the offshore passage to Coffs Harbour. The Australian coastline is really amazing. Once we reached Coffs our instructor Jim organised beach Olympics which was comedy!
All the instructors were really knowledgeable and good fun. The offshore sailing is really challenging and quite tiring but great fun, I will never forget hitting 13.7 knots whilst sailing down the face of a wave.
The students on my course in Sydney have been absolutely amazing. There has been such a mix of characters - they have made the whole journey 100 times better!
A game plan for work
After qualifying as both a Yachtmaster and a ski instructor, Henry had a game plan for work in all his holidays from uni: teaching skiiing in the winter and working in the sailing industry all summer.