500 Sails’ Gamsun Project and Co-Op thriving

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(Press Release) — Friday, January 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 PSS half-day Fridays that coincide with higher tides. There are two more classes this semester, on February 7 and 28, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Guma Sakman in Susupe. So far there are forty 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 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information.

Gamsun Project youngest class participants, foreground, are seen with lifeguards while PSS Co-Op participants sail Anåguan, background.  Photo by Andrea Carr

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 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., visit its website at http://www.500sails.org, follow 500 Sails at https://www.facebook.com/500SailsDolphinClubSaipan, or call Emma Perez at 285-4268.


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