RBVIYC Instructor, Omari Scott introducing sailing terms to students before heading out on the water.
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Kids and the Sea (KATS) has teamed with the Royal BVI Yacht Club (RBVIYC) for a 10 week introduction to sailing and water safety under a learn to sail program for kids. The first of the weekly program was held last Saturday, September 22 at Nanny Cay Resort and Marina.
Chris Ghiorse, KATS Executive Director said he has been holding discussions for the past six months with Brian Duff, the Director of Sailing Development at the RBVIYC about how they could introduce more youth to sailing.
"We wanted to create a program that could reach out and find students interested in learning to sail, while at the same time, providing a very economical solution to enable students to participate. The result is the creation of this program we just started," Ghiorse explained.
According to Ghiorse, KATS is an organization that can locate children who normally would have little or no opportunity to try sports like sailing. He added that the infrastructure the RBVIYC can provide makes an introductory program sustainable.
Ghiorse said the plan is to offer the program at the start of each school trimester.
"Our hope is to enable students to maintain their interest beyond this first step in sailing. The RBVIYC can provide the necessary skills needed to progress to the highest levels, including competitive sailing," Ghiorse stated.
He pointed out that there are many reasons teaching children to sail is important for the community.
"The BVI is often marketed as 'the sailing capital of the world' and the job opportunities are endless when one knows how to sail. Sailing is an olympic sport and there are hidden talents that are yet to be discovered. Finally and the most important one to KATS is to provide children with a wider range of safe experiences in or on the sea at little to no cost," Ghiorse stated.
For more information regarding how to participate in all the KATS programs (swimming, basic, sailing and SCUBA), contact Chris at 346-5287 or email email@example.com. For the RBVIYC, please contact Brian at 499-0352 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.