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YEAR 3/4: FIRST MATES

YEAR 3/4: FIRST MATES

Basics
PrerequisitesStudents complete the first 2 years of program.
ScheduleMeet once per week, Monday-Friday, 4-7pm
TripsStudent Plan Overnight Trips (Fall Spring), Irvington (End of Spring Overnight)
Typical DayEach day is a different "track", focusing on a specific sailing-related topic. Students work with their track leader both on land and on water. During this time, students are pulled out in small groups to complete targeted college and career prep, or additional academic support as needed.
CreditCan earn PhysEd credit.
Program Outcomes
COLLEGE/CAREER PREPARATIONStudents prepare for life after high school. 11th and 12th grade students are supported through the college application process.
SOCIAL EMOTIONAL LEARNING + LEADERSHIPStudents build leadership skills including self-confidence, communication and teamwork.
STEM IdentityStudents foster greater interest in STEM subjects and environmental stewardship.
SAILING SKILLSStudents develop confidence and competence operating sailboats.
Program Dates
Last Week of Sept Start of program
Election DayStudents support 1st year Fall Trip to Caven Point
Second Saturday in MayReturn to the River Celebration and Wooden Boat Launch
June 15-16Spring Trip to Irvington
June 13Graduation Ceremony

In their third and fourth years, students complete the First Mates program. During this time, students have the opportunity to choose from several different tracks, focusing on the specific areas that they find most engaging. Sample Track Options:

marine

Skipper

Students build high-level sailing and operational skills, and work towards their Student Skipper and Basic Keelboat Instructor Certification. 

compass

Exploring

Explorers learn navigation, safety, and cruising skills to plan and execute overnight trips.

sail

Racing

Racers learn the skills and tactics to compete at a high level against peers and adults.

science

Building

Builders continue to hone woodworking and engineering skills by participating in projects.