STATEN ISLAND, NY – It was a fun and fabulous day for young people who took part in a “Float Your Boat Day”, a sailing-themed social event organized by the Richmond County Yacht Club, which was integrated into the camp Junior Sailing Academy summer day camp. .
The event was offered to young people interested in learning to navigate.
The day started with three teams of students aged 8 to 18 creating, designing and handcrafting their own boat devices and rafts with the aim of racing them against each other in the water.
There were morning and afternoon sessions, with both groups visiting first responder boats at noon in Great Kills Harbor.
“These kids were able to see the equipment and meet the personnel from our emergency response agencies in New York,” said Dwight Millman, chairman of the junior sailing committee, who added that attendees learned what the emergency service responders do daily and also got to see them in action.
The FDNY fireboat crew demonstrated the use of the water cannon used to fight fires and the NYPD police boat crew actively responded by helping to retrieve an injured seabird along the dock, a said Millman.
“The purpose of this activity was not only to showcase what these dedicated crews do, but to foster the idea that career opportunities in the water exist right here, close to home,” Millman said.
“It was a great success and was appreciated by everyone involved, our students, our sailing instructor staff, our volunteer sailing committee staff and the fire and police first responders,” he said. he adds.