School’s Over. Kids are Smiling. Clipper Cove is doing its thing: developing self confidence, building life skills, creating friendships and introducing Mother Nature to kids from all over the Bay Area. TISC instructors are the catalyst for these magic moments.
June is such a great time on Clipper Cove. And this year there’s so much happening one blog can’t even come close to covering all the action. So we’ll tack away from adaptive and visually impaired sailing, adult keel boat lessons, the SF Social Sailing League and more, to focus on kids smiles. Check out the many ways our instructors interact, support, lead, protect, and encourage. All ingredients for developing self-confidence, self-esteem and SMILES! Most of these photos were taken weeks 2 and 4 – the end of a two week sailing session. Kids are tired, morning winds are often light. Then the afternoon westerly kicks in.
Oooppsss – not much wind. Great – let’s just continue to hang out. Or should I say Raft Up (some day these kids may be the ones who are Hooked on Clipper Cove).
In addition to our youth sailing program we also sponsor outreach programs to get kids out on (and in) the water. Up on Top kids were at TICS also enjoying all that Clipper Cove has to offer.
We tell visitors that you will always see something new when you sail on SF Bay. We can’t predict what it will be, but you WILL see it. Same way with photographing these kids – I never know how they will help us tell our story – teaching life lessons like respect, goal setting, communications & teamwork, self-reliance and leadership through sailing – however they’ve never let me down so far.
Respect is an element of all programs starting with orientation and continuing through 5-step progression program to level V. Goal setting also starts early because kids relate to short-term challenges like “learning to sail backwards” or “recovering from a capsize”.
And teamwork is always an easy story to “shoot” because kids just naturally help other kids out on the water. Age, gender, family background just doesn’t seem to matter to happy, often waterlogged, kids.
Many urban sailing centers are located in busy harbors or on open, unprotected waters. Clipper Cove is a unique gem in all of SF Bay (some would say in the world) for learning life lessons through sailing because of its protected location with great winds and little current. At TISC we give kids their own boat, teach them the skills needed to sail it, and let them go.
Photographing leadership is not so easy. I joked with the instructors about this photo as the more experience sailor “bailed out” then demonstrated goal setting, communications, teamwork and leadership to get cranked up for more sailing. All captured in one visual image.
No way to share the hundreds of Clipper Cove June smiles. Here are a few more. If you are a parent or one of our program associates and would like to see more pictures, please contact the TISC office and they can provide access to password-protected photo folders from two June photo-shoots.
Our 5-level progression program leverages the development of sailing skills along with life skills. You can see the self-confidence shining brightly on Clipper Cove as the breeze picks up and lesson plans move from chalk talks to flat sailing.
Here are a few more Up On Top smiles, and an interesting stat why summer programs are so important. Did you know that by high school, 67% of the cumulative achievement gap between middle-class and disadvantaged children can be explained by summer learning loss? Another reason Clipper Cove is such an important San Francisco Gem – the connection between learning to drive an RS Venture and brushing up on math and reading skills during the summer break. And beach time is FUN time!
Regards from On The Cove, Dave G
In the wake:
The photos in this blog plus many more are available on line – check with the TISC office for links to password-protected photo folders.
And one final THANK YOU to our rock-star instructor team. Keep smiling, and creating smiles. Your classroom changes every few minutes. Mother Nature is awesome, even when she puffs too hard or not enough. And remember – the kids are always learning and benefiting, even when they’re having too much fun to listen or having a “bad tack” day. You Rock !