This summer, my second at Courageous, I had the opportunity to gain a greater understanding of the Youth Program as a whole. Previously while working with the Instructors in Training, I only had a narrow view of that one piece of Courageous. Returning to Courageous, I was excited to become a part of the Step Program as well as Swim, Sail, Science. The week before the program, while defining what my position was going to entail this summer, we talked about
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For most Courageous students, their first day of step 4 is their first time in a dinghy, a transition from a stabile Rhodes 19 to a more responsive 420. This transition isn’t easy. The rounded lines of 420 belie how uncomfortable it is to sail—you’re guaranteed to sit on a cleat and bump your shin on the traveler bar. Even worse, you have to actually move your weight around. However, students adapt well and get used to the new features. Bruises
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For this past summer, and the previous three, I worked in the Swim Sail Science (SSS) program at Courageous. In Swim Sail Science, we work with third and fourth graders from three schools: the Harvard Kent, Orchard Gardens, and the Warren Prescott. Their time in our youth program was split between school, swimming lessons, and sailing which meant, as a sailing instructor, I only got to teach the students for 2 hours every other day. The kids we have are ridiculously
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BBQ with the Mayor Today the 2015 summer youth programs come to an end. We would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who helped make this a summer a success. Our incredible instructors have taken the time to write about their experiences at Courageous, which we will be sharing weekly throughout the off season. In the meantime, here are some of our favorite moments from the past two months. ‪#‎Bossummerlearning‬‪#‎Courageoussailing‬‪#‎CHV‬‪#‎JamaicaPond‬‪#‎schooneraventure‬ Step 2 Pirate Day Staff at Camp Harbor View
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“I’ll clear one question up for y’all before you ask it because I know you’re going to eventually,” said the thin and soft-spoken cadet, “that fuzzy stuff up on the rigging is called baggy wrinkle; we make it from old dock lines and it’s used as chafe protection for our sails.” From the aft deck of the USCGC Eagle eight young necks, including my own, craned up to get a better look at what our guide was pointing to. I imagine
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