US SAILING's 2006 National Sailing Programs Symposium, presented by Vanguard Sailboats, is shaping up to be an outstanding event for any sailing programme organizer, with many educational seminars and workshops on the event's agenda. The purpose of the annual Symposium is to network with other organizers and to share ideas on what it takes to run a successful sailing program. The five day event will be held 18-22 January 2006 at the Long Beach Marriott in Long Beach, California.
Early registration for the National Sailing Programmes Symposium is open through Thursday 8 December. The early registration fee is $125.00, which includes lunches, coffee breaks, cocktail parties, access to all workshops and seminars, as well as a comprehensive event binder. The registration fee after that date, including at the door, is $150.00. Online registration is available at www.ussailing.org/training/nsps/2006/index.htm.
Topics that will be addressed at the National Sailing Programs Symposium cover a wide range and include the following:
- Building a staff and keeping it strong
- Programme Insurance
- Creative teaching techniques and products
- Fundraising and Grant Writing Tips
- Getting the word out - creative and effective marketing tools
- Sailing into Science- Learning is fun on water with a proven science curriculum
- Maximizing volunteers while minimizing risk
- What's new in US SAILING instructor training
- Tours of a several local sailing schools, community programmes, and yacht club programmes
Each day will have a morning and afternoon keynote speaker followed by workshops dedicated to four different tracks: youth, community, keelboat, and general. Featured speakers include: Dawn RILEY, CEO of America True, who was the first woman to manage an America's Cup team and to race on two America's Cup teams and two Whitbread Round the World teams; Tom LEWECK, who is known by many sailors as the creator and editor of the sailing Scuttlebutt newsletter; Tim HERZOG, who teaches an undergraduate class in sport and exercise psychology; and Michael LENEMAN, founder of Marine Tech and Multi Marine.