MBAC NEWS

“Water” you doing for spring break?

It’s looking like it is going to be another active year at The Watersports Camp, one of San Diego’s most popular youth camps! With some development camps already filling up, we strongly encourage you to sign up as soon as possible and ensure your spot this season. Read More

MBAC is Hiring

Each year the Mission Bay Aquatic Center hires watersport instructors, camp counselors, office assistants, and maintenance assistants for the busy upcoming summer season. These summer jobs are a great opportunity for SDSU and UCSD students, as well as students of other colleges, to spend the summer working in a professional and fun work environment.  We are seeking hardworking, qualified individuals to join our family and continue to provide a fun and safe educational environment for all.

Employees at MBAC are kept busy throughout the summer and most positions have opportunities to continue as year-round student employment. Working at MBAC is ideal for students who have good availability during the summer, and want a flexible schedule during the fall and spring semesters. Priority consideration for employment is given to current SDSU and UCSD students.

Once hired at Mission Bay Aquatic Center, you will become part of a hard-working, fun-loving team of co-workers who enjoy teaching others about their passion of watersports. Besides working on beautiful Mission Bay, benefits of working at MBAC include: complimentary classes and rentals, Aztec Recreation Center membership, and discounted wakeboarding.  If you are interested in becoming an MBAC staff member this summer please review the open positions and qualifications at www.mbaquaticcenter.com/jobs . You can then fill out an application and supplemental questionnaire and turn it in to the Aquatic Center or Associated Students Business Office.

Current Openings:

Wakeboarding Instructors Youth Camp Counselors Sailing Instructors Windsurfing Instructors Kayaking Instructors Stand Up Paddling Instructors Rowing Instructors Maintenance Assistant Office Assistants

MBAC Instructor, Johnny Fay, featured in short film

Johnny Fay is one of those surf instructors known around MBAC for his amazing longboarding skills and spiritual outlook on life. In January, as he was coming out of the water at La Jolla reef, he was approached by Gabriel Novis, a Brazilian film maker and surfer with many films under his belt. He told Johnny that he really liked his style and wanted to make a movie featuring his surfing.  Gabriel said Johnny captured his attention and that his style was different than everyone else in the waves that day. Over the next three days, Gabriel captured enough footage to put together a 6 minute surf film called Concept (A short film about feelings) displaying Johnny’s talent and lifestyle as a San Diego surfer.

Johnny was blown away by the quality of the film and was grateful for how well it was put together. He enjoys the fact that the film can relate to anyone, and not only surfers. It accomplished the goal of letting the viewer connect with Johnny’s perspective, and is not just a film full of surf footage.

Outside of being featured in Gabriel’s video, Johnny has accomplished much in the surfing world. He is currently a top-ranked Southwest division college longboarder, has a number of contest wins under his belt, and will hopefully continue to add to his surfing accolades. Within the Southwest division, Johnny is the only competitor that competes solely on a classic longboard. His opponents ride high performance boards, which are not ideal for Johnny’s preferred style of nose riding.

Johnny’s favorite part about surfing is riding the nose, a style of riding famously referred to as toes-on-the-nose or hanging ten. He describes the feeling when his toes are curled over the nose of the board and the wave hitting the back of his knees as feeling lifted, and everything connects. He enjoys the feeling of a stable weightlessness, a feeling that only happens when he’s nose riding.

We wish Johnny the best of luck with his future contests and are thrilled to see him featured in this outstanding short film. We are grateful to have his talent here at the aquatic center and hope that everyone gets to experience his talent and outlook on life and surfing.

Only one boat left in used Nautique wakeboard boat sale

The information in this article is outdated.  Please see www.mbaquaticcenter.com/nautique-sale/ for current information about used boat availability. 

We are down to the last boat in our used Nautique boat sale so if you are interested in owning one of the best wakeboarding boats available at the lowest price imaginable the time to act is NOW!

It didn’t take long for our first 4 boats to sell and it will only be a matter of time before this last 2008 SV-211 is spoken for.  The boat (pictured above), otherwise known as Black at MBAC for it’s accent stripe, is priced at $19,500-, an unprecedented low price for a boat of this caliber.

If you are ready to load up your boards and discover a bunch of friends you never realized you had (but suddenly show up when it’s time to go riding) you can email MBAC Director, Kevin Straw at kevin.straw@sdsu.edu.

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.