MBAC Instructor “sails” from student to instructor

For whatever reason compels you to take a class at MBAC and learn a new sport, many people find that the skills that they learn open new doors and send them down a path they never imagined.  MBAC Sailing Instructor Laura Coleman is a prime example of a student whose curiosity about sailing led to learning as much as she could and eventually earning a spot as an instructor.

Laura first became interested in sailing after spending some time on a sailboat with a friend.  While her first official task as a sailor was watching out for seaweed, she developed enough interest to sign up for one of MBAC’s semester-long sailing classes.  She spent a full semester learning beginning sailing, sailing Sabots and Holder 14’s, and knew that she was hooked on the sport.

After completing Beginning Sailing, a semester of  Hobie Catamaran sailing came next.  And when she completed Hobie, she applied the skills she’d learned  to renting boats and taking friends out sailing whenever she could.   It wasn’t long before she realized that teaching sailing was a great way to combine her passion for teaching with her new found love of sailing.

The following summer Laura applied for a summer job at MBAC.  Having a more limited resume in sailing she initially didn’t stand out in the list of sailing instructor candidates and was passed up in the hiring process. Not to give up so easy, Laura applied as a camp counselor and earned a spot as a Marine Science Counselor.  MBAC Assistant Director, Kevin Waldick, says that Laura was an easy hire due to her positive attitude and enthusiasm, and her clear passion for teaching.

“Laura really stood out during the interview process,” states Waldick.  “Her enthusiasm was contagious and she was clearly going to be a great part of camp.”

Laura spent the summer teaching marine science and became a favorite camp counselor to many campers.  She also found time to expand her sailing education, and sat in on sailing classes to learn about becoming an instructor.

Since that time, Laura has completed much of her training and has earned a spot as a sailing instructor.  She enjoys sharing her experience with others and boasts that her favorite part of teaching is the great atmosphere at MBAC.

If you take a weekend sailing recreation class, or one of the many semester-long class offerings this spring, Laura may very well be sharing that experience with you.

Special one weekend sailing classes offered June 2-3

In today’s busy world it can be very difficult to find the time to do the things you want to do. It’s not unusual for us to hear a person say that they would love to learn to sail but just can’t seem to find two consecutive weekends to get started. Search no more. This month we are offering a few classes that are normally offered over the course of four-sessions in a two-session (one weekend) format. Read More

MBAC recognized as National MS Society Program Community Partner of the Year

 

The Southern California Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society (NMSS) has awarded MBAC the Program Community Partner of the Year award. For 10 years MBAC has partnered with the MS Society to hold an event for persons with MS to enjoy a day of sailing on the bay. Each year for the past decade MBAC and the MS Society have teamed up to hold an event whose purpose is to offer persons with MS and their families an opportunity to participate in sailing, an activity that many with MS may not otherwise have had access to. The event was the brain child of a former MBAC employee Bruce Rifkin, who was diagnosed with MS while he was working at MBAC, and Karen Hooper at the NMSS. The two had a vision of for an event that they dubbed The National MS Society All-American Day at the Bay. Since then the event has grown in size over the past decade and now hosts over 250 persons with disabilities and their families from across Southern California. This year is the 11th annual and will be held in May. The National MS Society as an organization is a collective of passionate individuals who want to do something about MS now—from improving the lives of persons with MS, to working toward a world free of multiple sclerosis. For more information about the National MS Society, or to make a contribution that can help support programs like Day on the Bay, visit www.mspacific.org.

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Special one weekend sailing classes are a great opportunity for busy schedules

In today’s busy world it can be very difficult to find the time to do the things you want to do. It’s not unusual for us to hear a person say that they would love to learn to sail but just can’t seem to find two consecutive weekends to get started. Search no more. This month we are offering a few classes that are normally offered over the course of four-sessions in a two-session (one weekend) format. Read More