Hello Boston Public School Headmasters and Advisors!
We are pleased to be able to offer the Spring 2016 Pilot Program to you and to your students. The following is general information on the program. Please feel free to contact us at any time to discuss these further or to explore different ideas to help your students achieve success! Your role, and that of your staff, is critical to making this program active.
If you came to this page and have not seen our introductory flier, please click here
To get an understanding of our boats and the nature of open water rowing, please click this link to watch a video of our 2016 Snow Row
Staffing: Students engaged in the rowing program have a more rewarding experience when a school staff member is part of it. Each school will be required to identify one or more staffers to help coordinate the program and liaison between students and our team. Coach, advisor, coordinator: we don’t care what you want to be called, we are just looking for an enthusiastic advocate, a pied piper to help encourage the kids to engage, be on time, and commit to the experience. This person can and will be different in each school, whether teacher, administrator, coach, or staffer, the important component is that this person is actively part of the kids experience both in the school and in this program. Staff participation in the boats is highly encouraged but not mandatory.
- Student participation, achievement level, development and increased responsibility will be tracked through a series of learned tasks and understanding of basic knowledge. We have termed this a “Qual Card.” An example of this card can be seen here.
- Parents will have a lot of questions. Here is a basic FAQ sheet that we distribute as an introduction for parents.
- We row in all sorts of weather while still keeping it safe and making it fun for the students. Gear is always asked about, as is proper clothing. Here is a handy checklist for the basics.
Pilot Program goals:
For the remainder of this school year we look to offer your students the chance to experience open-water rowing, to develop the skills necessary to be an effective team, and the opportunity to test these skills against other teams in the Fort Point Channel Open in June. We anticipate this interest will foster a full participation in our year-long program during the 2016-2017 school year. For an introductory video on what that would include, click here
Contact to Apply:
Michael DeKoster, Maritime Coordinator: 617-233-7016 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Ed McCabe, Director of Maritime Programs: 617-827-6807 or email@example.com