Pairing kids with and without disabilities at summer camp – not new. Launching co-able kids in boats on San Francisco Bay – requires speciall skills and planning. TISC and BAADS partnered to launch the first camp. Spots remain for the last session.
We mentioned the first-ever Co-Able Sailing Camp in a previous blog. The concept is simple: teach sailing to interested kids by pairing disabled and non-disabled youth who can learn together and support each other.
To launch this program the Bay Area Association of Disable Sailors provided the accessable dock space, safety boats and Hansa dinghies. Treasure Island Sailing Center provided two US Sailing Certified instructors and the curriculum for the one-week session.
The Hansa 303 dinghies are unique. Then enable two sailors to sit side-by-side with either being able to steer the boat or trim the sails. Safe, ideal boats for these co-able sessions.
The objective of the camp was to teach kids how to sail so they could safely navigate the area between Pier 40 and McCovey Cove safely in a sloop-rigged sailboat. One instructor was close-by in a safety boat at all times. Classes started at 9:00, broke for lunch at noon then sailed in the afternoon until 2:00 pm. Lunch was either sandwiches on the dock or (kids favorite BY FAR) pizza delivered to the 3rd street bridge across from China Park.
In some cases one instructor joined the kids to demonstrate the capabilities of the Hansa 303 dinghy. As these pictures taken from the safety boat show, the instructors had a great time teaching life lessons through sailing these Hansa dinghies next to the students.
As was always the case, a safety boat was nearby when the kids were on the water. Of the water class topics included tides, currents, nautical terminology and rules of the road.
Here are additional pictures taken during the week-long session, showing off smiles as well as formation sailing. At the time this blog was published there were a couple of spots remaining in the last 2014 session (for 12-18 year olds) which will run from August 4-8 . Additional details and a downloadable registration form are located HERE. Please contact Chris Childers at the TISC office (Phone: 415.421.2225; Email: Programs@tisailing.org) if you have questions. While there is no charge for the classes there is a required $25 deposit refundable at the end of the session.
Thanks and a tip of the hat to TISC instructors Connor Vliet and Mary Margaret Clawson for running the first session and providing the pictures in this blog. And to the kids who joined us for this first-ever Co-Able Summer Camp Session!
Regards, from On (McCovey) Cove and the ADA accessible BAADS dock at Pier 40,