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Growing Confidence

In Thank You, Youth by Ashton Smith

Thank you very much for your generous support of Courageous Sailing. This is my first year working with Courageous and I am absolutely amazed at all of the good that Courageous does, none of which would have been possible without your support. Learning sailing is one thing, but the skills students learn at Courageous are so much more. They are …

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An Experience to Remember

In Thank You, Youth by Ashton Smith

This summer at Courageous has been wonderful! I’ve gotten to connect with so many kids and hear so many stories. In particular, I’ve seen a huge turnaround in the confidence and independence in many of the kids I’ve instructed. They feel so much more comfortable on the water and working together. They’ve even started expressing themselves more towards each other …

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Perseverance at its Finest

In Youth by Ashton Smith

Sailing needs wind but sometimes at Jamaica Pond, wind can disappear. So on days that we hop into sailboats and float around the pond, we instructors become creative in ways to entertain our kids on limited space. Water fights, music, sailing songs, tag, and I spy can only last for so long. So when we’ve burned out all ideas of …

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All About Learning

In Youth by Ashton Smith

My favorite day at Courageous was when I took Step 2 to the aquarium. Step 2 is absolutely amazing and they are so interested in learning new things. I remember their faces as we walked into the Aquarium, they were full of happiness and eager to learn. Two other instructors and I took the kids to go see their favorite …

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Working Together

In Youth by Ashton Smith

This summer with Save the Harbor Save the Bay we pulled up lobster traps every week. There was one lobster trap at the very end of the dock that had not been pulled up all summer and we decided that we wanted to try it. It proved to be very difficult as multiple instructors tried pulling it up numerous times. …

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Developing More Than Sailors

In Youth by Ashton Smith

My time here at Courageous has been such an incredible experience. Not only for the amazing staff who help the program run so well but also for the students which we have had the privilege to teach. The kids have made work seem like a past-time as it has been so enjoyable and rewarding just to watch them grow in …

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A World of Imagination

In Youth by Ashton Smith

This summer, one particular afternoon with three girls, all around 8 and 9 years old, reminded me exactly how it felt to be a kid. At Jamaica Pond, we have a sometimes friendly, sometimes evil Pond Monster. I told my kids about him and had a little more fun than normal telling them stories about my encounters with the Pond …

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Making a Splash

In Youth by Ashton Smith

Adrianna was late to join our group, the Courageous Crazies, but immediately she made friends with another girl in my group. They’ve been inseparable which has been invaluable to her learning in academics and sailing, but especially in the water swimming. Her friend has been motivation to get into the pool, even if not to swim. Prior to coming to …

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Sharing the Love

In Youth by Ashton Smith

During session 1, I worked for a few days with the kids in step 1 along with my fellow IITS, Alex and Jeremy. This was the first time that I was working directly with the kids in the boat, and I have to admit that I was a bit nervous. These kids were my responsibility and had to make sure …

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Forming Bonds

In Youth by Ashton Smith

On this day, SSS was going on a trip to Fan Pier and all the Rhodes were taken, instead, I had to go with step 2 to the aquarium. The ride over on the ferry was quick and seamless as was the entrance into the aquarium. As we split off into groups, I ended up with a group of 3. …