500 Sails’ Gamsun Project and Co-Op thriving

Posted on Jan 22 2020

Gamsun Project’s youngest class participants learn the basics of swimming, as PSS Co-Op participants sail the Anåguan canoe in the background. (ANDREA CARR)

Friday, Jan. 17, marked the first day of this semester’s 500 Sails Gamsun Project and the last day of this semester’s 500 Sails’ Co-op class.

Gamsun Project provides free swim classes for all school age youth. Classes take place on those Public School System half-day Fridays that coincide with higher tides. There are two more classes this semester, on Feb. 7 and 28, from 2pm to 4pm at the Guma Sakman in Susupe. So far there are 40 participants, from complete beginners to highly skilled swimmers. Time includes structured class and free time. Certified high school lifeguards and teacher assistants are joined by 500 Sails’ volunteers to oversee the program. Spaces are still available. Email info@500sails.org for more information.

500 Sails has participated as an employer for the PSS Co-Op Program for three semesters. Youth get the opportunity to learn hands-on how to assist in building a traditional Chamorro canoe using modern materials. In addition, they are introduced to sailing these canoes themselves. Interested youth should contact their schools

For more information: email info@500sails.org, visit website at http://www.500sails.org, follow 500 Sails at https://www.facebook.com/500SailsDolphinClubSaipan, or call Emma Perez at 670-285-4268. (PR)

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