YMCA OF BEAUFORT ANNOUNCES 2016 YOUTH BOATING & ADULT POWER BOATING PROGRAM DATES

The YMCA of Beaufort County, located at 1801 Richmond Avenue in Port Royal, announces the 2016 dates for their Youth Boating Program and their Adult Power Boating Class.

2016 marks the third season for the Y Youth Boating Program and is offered in partnership with the Spirit of America Foundation, America’s Premier Youth Boating Education Program. This is the only program of its kind in Beaufort County and the YMCA will offer financial aid to those who may not otherwise be able to participate. This one-week program teaches rising 7th-10th grade students the skills required to become safe, successful mariners using STEM-based (science, technology, engineering, math) practices, safe boating environment awareness, leadership development and physical fitness.

The non-traditional classroom setting of our local waters provides both encouragement and inspiration, helping to reverse the decline of outdoor recreation among our youth and fostering a lifetime love of the outdoors and appreciation of our Lowcountry wildlife, ecology and natural surroundings. The program not only emphasizes safety around the water and in using (5) different types of watercraft but students take the SC DNR Boating License class and exam.

During the camp, students also learn life skills like teamwork and good decision-making, acquiring a strong sense of accomplishment and confidence, not only in the boat and on the water, but within themselves as well. This hands-on camp will be led by YMCA Boating Director Paul Spencer with assistance from a team of certified staff and volunteers.

“Our third year is shaping up to be even better than the previous two. This year’s agenda will allow for more adventure trips into the marsh areas, as well as sailing and power boating courses giving the students the opportunity to demonstrate their new found skills”, notes Spencer. The first Youth Boating Class will be during spring break, April 11-16, 2016 with the rest of the dates falling within the summer.

Registration is currently open and an application must be completed by each student and submitted for review by Paul Spencer. Class size is limited and students will be accepted on a first come, first serve basis. Just as in previous years, the first part of the  youth program is taught at the YMCA in Port Royal (1801 Richmond Avenue) and the on-water, hands-on instruction is taught at the Port Royal Sound Maritime Center dock (310 Okatie Hwy, Okatie).

“Additionally, our newly developed Adult Power Boating Class – “Suddenly in Command” will teach the skills necessary to handle any situation in the event a skipper becomes incapacitated, he adds. “Boat operations, docking, navigation, GPS and radio use are just some of the topics to be taught.”

The adult power boating program consists of one 3-hour evening class covering South Carolina DNR education at the YMCA in Port Royal (1801 Richmond Avenue) and a second 4-hour class using hands-on instruction at the Port Royal Sound Maritime Center dock (310 Okatie Hwy, Okatie). The cost is $125 per person and class size is limited.

If you are interested in more information about either of these programs please contact Paul Spencer at the YMCA: 843-522-9622. Register online at ymcabeaufortcounty.com or at the YMCA (Port Royal).

YMCA YOUTH BOATING 2016 DATES

April 11-15; Register by March 25, 2016

June 6-11: Register by May 20, 2016

June 20-24: Register by June 3, 2016

July 11-15: Register by June 24, 2016

YMCA ADULT POWER BOATING 2016 DATES

April 20 & 23: April 20, a 3-hour class at the Y and April 23 your choice of EITHER a 4-hour class from 8 am – 12 pm OR 12 pm – 4 pm. Register by April 6, 2016

May 18 & 21: May 18, a 3-hour class at the Y and May 21 your choice of EITHER a 4-hour class from 8 am – 12 pm OR 12 pm – 4 pm. Register by May 4, 2016

June 15 & 18: June 18, a 3-hour class at the Y and June 18 your choice of EITHER a 4-hour class from 8 am – 12 pm OR 12 pm – 4 pm. Register by June 1, 2016

July 20 & 23: July 20, a 3-hour class at the Y and July 23 your choice of EITHER a 4-hour class from 8 am – 12 pm OR 12 pm – 4 pm. Register by July 6, 2016

Sept. 14 & 17: Sept. 17, a 3-hour class at the Y and Sept. 17 your choice of EITHER a 4-hour class from 8 am – 12 pm OR 12 pm – 4 pm. Register by Aug 31, 2016

About the YMCA of Beaufort County: About the YMCA of Beaufort County: The YMCA of Beaufort County is part of a 171 year old worldwide organization that enables the citizens of Beaufort County to develop values and behaviors that are consistent with our mission: To put Christian principles into practice through programs that build healthy spirit, mind and body for all. The Wardle Family YMCA of Beaufort County was charted in 1990 and opened its doors in June 1996.  The YMCA is a locally autonomous organization made up of voluntary membership that is open to individuals of all ages, race, religion, incomes and abilities.  Programs and services incorporate the values of caring, honesty, respect and responsibility and the YMCA encourages and challenges its staff, members, volunteers and program participants to accept and demonstrate these values. The YMCA of Beaufort County currently serves approximately 8,000 individuals through the programs and services provided. ymcabeaufortcounty.com