I had a great summer at Courageous Sailing and have had a number of memorable experiences with kids on the water. One that stands out most to me happened with a student in Step 2. This student was always his own person and has a very colorful disposition but, because of this, had trouble showing that he was learning. Often, he was concerned with something other than sailing and I was a little hesitant to take him and his mother out sailing
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The Swim Sail Science! program at Courageous this summer was very different than the summer youth programs that we have always had. Half of the students' summers were spent in math and reading classes, where they learned about different water systems and our limited supply of fresh water in the world. When the kids came for sailing every day, we would hear brief tidbits about the things they were learning in their academic classes. The whole summer, I was very focused on the kids' progressions
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During the summer of 2012, JB enrolled in the SLP program for the first time.  It also happened to be my first year of instructing, and it was safe to say that she was one of my most unique students.  If her constant curiosity for sailing or insistence on touching the water didn’t make her memorable enough, her love for the Ghostbusters theme song sealed the deal. She sang it all the time, and even four years later, I still cannot
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One of the first days of Swim Sail Science! (SSS), I had a kid named Simon in my boat. He was wicked quiet and didn't seem too excited about sailing. That particular day, we were going out to the airport. The wind was pretty heavy and soon Simon wasn't feeling it anymore and became sea sick. He shut down, closed his eyes, and put his head between his arms until I was able to have him brought in on a powerboat. As the summer
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At Courageous, not every child wants to learn how to sail, but every child is given an opportunity to grow. One particular 9 year old, Maddox, is not as interested in learning how to sail. But he loves to be on boats, particularly standing on the bow of a Rhodes 19 and feeling the sea spray across his face. He loves the counselors and his peers. He loves to put his entire head into the water on the leeward side of a heeled vessel. Day
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