TISC Instructors Train, Team Up and Reach Out

Summer sessions starts today. Our instructors reported last week for training on safety procedures, fleet familiarization and our multi-step curriculum. Team building is a key ingredient. They spent Thursday afternoon at Pier 40 to prepare for summer co-able classes.

MOB framed by western spanMOB  pick upFollowing safety briefings and a shore-side orientation Monday morning, instructors were off to Clipper Cove and San Francisco Bay. The old Bay Bridge Eastern Span demolition provided a backdrop to man overboard drills.

TISC instructors teach much more than sailing.  They teach life lessons that include goal setting, communications, team work and leadership.

Our team has many skills from off-shore to around-the-buoys racing, keel boats to small dinghies –  and experience garnered from teaching in all parts of the country.  Along with USSailing certification.

Teambuilding was a key part of last week’s training.  At times the training, practice and ice-breaking went beyond just TISC instructors.  On Thursday members of the TI Job Corps took a break from their work on finishing the deck outside the new SS Learn activity center to work with our instructors to raise a tent, move picnic tables and drop in a carpet for summer school shore lessons and lunch breaks.  They joined our instructors for an informal BBQ lunch.

TISC Tent TeamworkThursday afternoon our instructors headed to a Pier 40 orientation sessions in anticipation of the three BAADS / Treasure Island Sailing Center Co-Able Sailing Summer Sessions scheduled for this summer. TISC is partnering with Bay Area Association of Disable Sailors to host these sessions for disabled youth.

TISC 2014 Instructors at Pier 40

TISC 2014 Summer Instructors: Chris, Bohdan, Connor, Jon, Kevin, Sonya, Lauren, Ivan, Annie, Mary Margaret, Clair and Gabby

We’ll provide instructors, curriculum and manage the logistics for this unique no-charge outreach program combining students with and without disabilities empowering them to assist each other to become independent sailors.  BAADS will provide the Hansa 303 dinghies, motorboats and access to Pier 40 accessible dinghy dock.

Responsibility, respect and self esteem are key words at TISC.  Our instructors understand safety is always Job One, and their primary responsibility.  They will set the standard of respect for boats and facilities and for each other – and will expect the same from their students.  Students leave our programs with higher levels of self esteem whether they are here for a week or a month; many return as Junior Instructors.

Sailing is the platform we use to teach life lessons. Mother Nature is always present, sometimes whispering and sometimes shouting.  Never predictable; another reason TISC students are fortunate to have a team of instructors dedicated to providing a safe, positive and memorable experience for 1,000-plus kids.

Regards, from On The Cove, D-

In the wake:

Providing wheel chair access from a fixed pier to water that moves up and down over a range of eight feet takes serious engineering.  As you can see from the picture below the dinghy dock at Pier 40 (located between Pier 40 and AT&T Park) has that capability.  We look forward to the day when TISC relocates as development on Treasure Island continues.  For now we don’t have that flexibility and are psyched to work with BAADS to start up this summer’s unique co-able sailing program.Pier 40Pier 40 ramp ATT Park



Historic Sunsail Afternoon with Mission Beacon Center Kids

Friday was literally a once in a lifetime opportunity.  Sharing five Sunsail First 40’s with 25 Mission Beacon Center kids: awesomeWatching the space shuttle Endeavour fly over Angel Island and Golden Gate Bridge from Fort Mason hill: historic.


Treasure Island Sailing Center works in partnership with the San Francisco Department of Children, Youth and their Families to provide on-the-water options for learning life’s lessons on Clipper Cove.  Sunsail’s San Francisco operations in Sausalito provided both programs with a sunny, breezy two-hour sail on San Francisco bay in brand new First 40’s, made possible by five professional sailors who donated their afternoon.

Mission Beacon Center, part of the San Francisco Beacon Initiative and one of many SFDCYF programs, uses the Everrett Middle School as a center of activity for surrounding neighborhoods. TISC supports thier programs with sailing lessons and after school activities.


My job Friday afternoon, along with four volunteers from the Cal Sailing Team, was to work as an on-the-water host and crew aboard the Sunsail First 40’s (OK, not really a job; more like a super opportunity to sail cool new boats, teach kids about sailing and water safety, and hang out on SF Bay !).  Of course the bonus was the one-day delay in Endeavour’s visit to the Bay Area announced on Wednesday; I simply took the 7:45 bullet train from San Jose and hung out at Fort Mason for the fly-over, then pedaled over to Pier 40 for our 2pm sail.

These 25 kids and 5 chaperones would not have had this opportunity without the gracious support from Sunsail’s Sausalito General Manager Travis Lund who along with fellow sailors Charlie Bogue, George Fay, Jim Hancock and Ted Thornton donated their Friday afternoon and the Cal Sailing volunteers Katelynn Wiley, Martin Gibson,  Michael Lebow, and Saul Rosen.

From On The Cove (on this voyage from Pier 40), Dave G

In the wake: Here’s a few more pictures from our awesome, historic day on the bay.

Endeavour Over North Tower









Our captain Ted Thornton arrives








Safety briefing before loading







Side by side heading toward Angel Island






AC 45 Prada up close








7+ knots VMG heading toward Angel Island





Everyone got to drive a Sunsail First 40