If you are a sailing program organizer at any type of club or organization, the National Sailing Programs Symposium (NSPS) is a valuable event you should attend.
Sailing program organizers and presenters are coming from across the country to share ideas on how to run a successful sailing program from January 28 through February 1, 2004, at the Oakland Marriott City Center in Oakland, California. The Symposium is organized by US SAILING, national governing body of the sport, and sponsored by Vanguard Sailboats.
Topics that will be addressed at the Symposium cover a wide range and include the following: - The nuts and bolts of a community sailing program - Fun and learning when the weather doesn't cooperate - Safety - Fundraising for your program - Hiring and managing your staff - Afternoon sessions, hands-on workshops and sailing at local sailing school, OCSC Sailing - Tours of a several local sailing schools, community programs, and yacht club programs.
Each day will have a morning and afternoon keynote followed by workshops dedicated to four different tracks: youth, community, keelboat, and general. Some of the daily keynotes feature Chip JOHNS, president of Vanguard Sailboats, speaking on promoting sailing at the grass roots level; Steve PRIME of Gowrie Barden & Brett with an overview on insurance; Tina SYER, Director of Partner Programs for Positive Coaching Alliance, who will speak on the subject of positive coaching for youth racers; Margaret PODLICH of BoatU.S. Foundation who will speak on Women in Boating; Duane SILVERSTEIN who will speak on protecting our sailing environment.
The finale will be a keynote presentation by the world-famous sailor Dawn RILEY 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. She is also the CEO of America True, which, among other programs, operates True Youth, a program designed to take at-risk kids for a day of sailing and team building. Riley will discuss how organizations can work together to find creative solutions for their programs.
For a complete calendar of events including a detailed agenda, please visit the website via the link below.