The course is being offered to East Chicago School students, age 15 and over who are part of the St. Joseph’s Carmelite Home in East Chicago. The goal is to provide these students with a unique opportunity during the summer and also serves as an opportunity for the Indiana Sailing Association to practice curriculum delivery that is up to the standards set by the State of Indiana of the official Indiana Boating Safety Course.
The course provides approximately one hour of classroom time along with a little over an hour of hands-on sailing experiences with Indiana Sailing Association Coaches on Lake Michigan. The course takes place once per week for five weeks.
According to Christopher Kosovich, Acting Chief Operating Officer of the Indiana Sailing Association, “We are developing a wide variety of curriculum so we have the ability to work with youth at a variety of ages and abilities.”
Kosovich added, “This Boating Basics Regular Course is aimed at students age 15 and above. Our Boating Basics Brief Course that was taught earlier in the year was aimed more at the middle school age students, up to age 15. These basic boating safety courses will complement the more rigorous STEM-based academic enrichment programming that we ran as pilot programming in the fall of 2013. We believe having a variety of programming help us to align the best possible experiences for the students in the East Chicago Schools.