500 Sails to offer free lessons in Feb.

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Posted on Jan 30 2020
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The non-profit organization 500 Sails and its adult swim class, Dolphin Swim Club, will be offering water sports lessons for the community, whether you have experience or not, throughout February to promote a healthy and active lifestyle.

“I’m most excited for the Sirena project,” said Emma Perez, co-founder of 500 Sails and Dolphin Swim Club. “This is something that our girls, especially our women, can do to benefit their health since they’re already busy taking care of others.”

According to Perez, the Sirena project targets women and girls who are over 12 years old; the classes will be every Saturday in February from 10am to 11am.

Lalåyak, which translates to learning to sail, is a beginner’s guide to sailing a Chamorro canoe. That class will be offered every Saturday in February, from 9am to noon for the morning sessions and 1pm to 4pm for the afternoon sessions.

The lalåyak program is an accelerated class that is made up of six lessons: three lessons will be on land and the other three lessons will be in the ocean. Ten practice sails, which will be led by captains-in-trainings, will also be available. This class will be taught by Cecilio Raiukiulipiy and Pete Perez, along with other lalåyak graduates.

According to Perez, you have to pass a swimming test on the first day to participate in the lalåyak program. The test, which is not timed, will include swimming to the closest tank near the Guma Sakman, which is one of 500 Sails’ main office in Susupe, then swim back using any stroke without stopping. The test will also require the students to tread water, a technique you use with your legs to keep your head above water, for an hour.

Other programs available is the Gamsung project that is for the youth, K-12, on Fridays, from 2pm to 4pm on Feb. 7 and Feb. 28 and the Dolphin Club Saipan Monday wakeup swims, which is for adults, including beginners, that will be available every Monday and will start at 6am. All classes are free.

For more information, email: info@500sails.org, call Emma Perez at (670)285-4268, follow their Facebook page, www.facebook.com/500sails, or visit their website at www.500sails.org.

Justine Nauta Nauta
Justine Nauta is Saipan Tribune's community and health reporter and has covered a wide range of news beats, including the Northern Marianas College and Commonwealth Health Care Corp. She's currently pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Rehabilitation and Human Services at NMC.
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