Little Mariners

Description
This class teaches children 4 and 5 about the pond and keeping the pond and beaches healthy and clean, about pond creatures such as crabs and minnows, about boats and sailing with boat- and sailing-related crafts, games and activities. Little Mariners also introduces children to spending time in and on the water. Children will develop swimming skills and become comfortable in a boat through rides with an instructor in a row boat and a Beetle Cat. Children will also learn some basic sailing terms such as port, starboard, bow and stern. Each day an experienced adult will read a book to the children as they enjoy a light snack.

The Little Mariners program is headed by an experienced, certified swimming coach (American University) and assisted by a college senior majoring in childhood education.

Days, Times and Duration
Tuesdays and Thursdays 9:00 a.m.-12:00 noon. 2, 4 or 8 weeks.

Age Group
Children must be 4 years old at the start of class. Verification of birth date may be required. Parent will also be required to sign a Liability Waiver when they enroll a child online or in person.

Previous Experience or Knowledge
No previous experience necessary.

Equipment
Each child must have USCG approved personal flotation device (PFD) life jacket.

Goals
To ensure that a child’s first class at the Yacht Club provides an enjoyable learning experience that will lead to increased curiosity about the pond, boats and sailing, and to excite them about becoming a Junior Crew for 6 and 7 year olds.