College to host small watercraft skills and safety class on July 19-20

Saint Joseph's College will offer a two-day small watercraft skills and safety class on Tuesday and Wednesday, July 19-20, at the Harold Alfond Center on the Standish campus. The Red Cross-certified course includes basic skills and safety in sailing, canoeing, and kayaking. Participants must pass a pre-course swim test of 25 yards.

Basic sailing instruction will develop an understanding of the principles of sailing, rules of the road, self-rescue skills, and how to assist others (Sunfish Class). Fundamental canoeing instruction will introduce basic paddling, self-rescue, and essential canoeing skills on flat water. Kayaking instruction covers fundamentals of kayaking, including equipment, boating safety, strokes, and rescues. Small Craft Safety provides individuals already skilled in one or more types of small craft, such as canoes, kayaks, sailboats and rowboats, with a core lesson in basic water rescue skills and the knowledge needed for self-rescue and assisting others. The cost is $110, and the class runs from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., for two days, July 19 and 20.

Call 893-6615 or e-mail rdaigle@sjcme.edu to register or for more information. If a class is needed on a different day, Saint Joseph's can create a class at another time if there are four interested people. Red Cross instructors also offer canoeing, kayaking and sailing courses in outreach at summer camps or to youth groups. To learn about other Red Cross classes on campus, go to www.sjcme.edu/alfond/redcross.

July 5, 2011
Contact: Charmaine Daniels at (207) 893-7723 or e-mail cdaniels@sjcme.edu