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This class is all about fun on and around the water! Designated for students ages 10-14, the curriculum is designed to reinforce boating skills while exploring the natural world around Lake Michigan. In addition to water activities such as paddle boarding, swimming, and boating, the lessons will also incorporate science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) throughout the week. Topics include: measuring wind, buoyancy, sail area, water quality testing, marine debris, land and sea breezes, underwater exploration.
In this course, kids are introduced to sailing. The course is designed to help young children feel at ease on the water and be comfortable in boats. The emphasis is on the sights, sounds, and feel of sailing. The course is taught by a Senior Instructor and a number of Instructor Assistants on a 23' Sonar Keelboat. The excellent student-to-instructor ratio not only provides a safe environment but also allows the students to learn efficiently and effectively. Each day the class is divided into groups appropriate for the type of boat to be sailed that day. The boats are then rigged by the Demons with the help of the Instructor Assistants. The day's sailing activity takes place under the oversight of the Senior Instructor who supervises and directs from a safety boat.
Kids learn basic sailing terms, safety, and are taught to assist in rigging the boats. While sailing, the Instructor Assistant teaches them about the wind and water and encourages their comfort in sailboats. Daily team-building activities and games are played both on and off the water to further the children's knowledge, and to enable them to have fun while sailing. A snack is provided to keep the young sailors nourished and engaged. On the last day of each Dinghy Demons session, the sailors are given awards noting their participation and recognizing their achievements.