Sadly, summer is coming to an end.  Before everyone goes their separate ways, we would like to take a moment to recognize the Courageous Sailing Youth Program Staff, the people who make Courageous the incredible community that it is, day after day, summer after summer, for over a thousand young sailors each year.

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The kids had a blast saving the harbor with Rebecca and collecting trash from the pier. The kids wore plastic gloves to protect them from germs and what not. I was surprised how passionate and excited the kids were to save the harbor from having plastic and unwanted materials thrown into the water. Rebecca was great at organizing games with them and educating them on marine and environmental topics. "Step 1 Step fun" were the heroes of the day!

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A few weeks ago we accompanied the new england aquarium interns on an adventure to lovells island where they spent their time tide pooling, swimming, and enjoying the local views. Sailing broomstick and phoenix, an erikson 29 and a seafarer, was a challenging experience for the two of us because we generally spend our time on smaller boats. The size of these vessels  was intimidating at first but the guidance of two veteran cruising instructors, leo and ethan, we got the hang of it and picked up valuable new skils. By the time we returned to pier 4, the feeling of being overwhelmed had subsided, and was replaced by a feeling of newfound confidence.
 
-allison and lucy
 
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Like I mentioned early in the week, Shark Supporters Week is about helping students and staff learn about sharks and begin to appreciate them as key players in the marine ecosystem. Find some great lessons to educate about sharks at the links below:

PBS      Discovery 

Remember to introduce science facts about sharks into the lessons so we can all view sharks as the beautiful, skilled predators that they are and not just ruthless man-eaters.  Sharks are always an interesting marine biology topic that excites kids and adults, so make sure to help others learn more than just what the media advertises about these special sea creatures.

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Every Wednesday this summer is Waste Free Wednesday at Courageous Sailing center.  This means that on Wednesday’s students and instructors compete together as a sailing level against the other sailing levels to see who can create the least amount of trash at lunchtime. 

  • One point is given for every reuseable item that students and instructors use or any items they bring and plan to reuse, such as Tupperware, plastic bags, silverware utensils, etc. 
  • One point is also given for anyone who saves any food they do not want to eat at lunch so that they can eat it at another time. 
  • Points are awarded for any recycled items as well. 
  • One point is taken away from each sailing level for each piece of trash that they have or any trash that is left behind after they are finished lunch.  *Taking away points is an important part of Waste FreeWednesday because it allows sailing groups of different sizes to compete against each other and doesn’t just favor larger groups. 
  • Whichever sailing level has the most points at the end of the day wins a waste-free prize: watermelon!

Encouraging students and staff to begin thinking about how much trash they create at just one meal is an important aspect of any environmental program.  Waste Free Wednesdays can be implemented anywhere and are a fun way to learn about reducing trash.  Find out more details about how to start your own waste free program here.

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