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Several staff members, including CEO JR Dzubak, from the Boys & Girls Clubs of West San Gabriel Valley, completed training in Marina del Rey to become American Sailing Association (ASA) Certified Sailing Instructors as the club looks to bolster its STEM Sailing Program for the youth of the San Gabriel Valley and East Los Angeles.
“Certifying our staff is one step in building a strong foundation to continue to provide our youth with exciting and diverse experiences they would not normally have access to,” said Mr. Dzubak as he reflected on his sailing experience in the Marina. “It must have been the most exciting part of my summer.”
The Boys & Girls Club Sailing Program is supported in large part by Dave Lumian and the Fairwind Yacht Club. The Fairwind Yacht Club was established in 1966 as a non-profit volunteer sailing cooperative aimed at bringing together boating enthusiasts of all skill levels to have year-round access to sailboats without the high cost of ownership.
The Sailing Program teaches communication, teamwork, and problem-solving while applying principles of STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) to study how sails use the forces of wind, how boats stays afloat, and how to navigate waterways while gaining an appreciation for marine life and environmental conservation.