California Maritime Academy helped kick off 2014 with a big splash for the Sea Scout Ship Albatross with a safe boating day. It was a day of providing positive opportunities for youth with hands-on boating activities.
Charlie Sue Arms, the CMA sailing director, does an amazing job of keeping the Sea Promise by hosting safe boating days for youth, thanks do the California State Parks Division of Boating and Waterways. Charlie invited over 15 Sea Scouts from the Albatross over for a day of kayaking, small boat handling and sailing under the instruction of CMA staff and students.
This can be translated into one word: FUN.
California Maritime Academy is also the home to many Sea Scouts studying maritime careers. About a half of dozen collegiate Sea Scouts came down to check out the visiting Sea Scouts in action. Many of these students are Quartermasters and others continuing their advancement to the highest rank in Sea Scouts.
The visiting Sea Scouts had a rocking good time. They learned how to correctly wear a life jacket, kayak and best practices for being responsible mariners. The Sea Scouts also enjoyed taking out motor surf boats and the “stick” boats for lessons in maneuvering a single screw vessel.
I encourage all Sea Scouts to make 2014 the year of the “big splash.” Boating is an excellent way to teach teamwork and provide adventure to youth. Make 2014 the year you get on the water as often as possible. This can be done many ways, including:
Plan small boat handling day activities;
Have a kayak, stand-up paddle board, canoe, dory, or any small boat, in the water during a regular Saturday activity. Make sure all Sea Scouts have an opportunity to get on the water while working on your primary vessel;
Plan a weekend at a Boy Scout Camp with small boats;
Evening Sailing with Yacht Clubs;
…and any other safe activity for getting Sea Scouts underway.