Students share their experiences of sailing programme
Water Wise is an introductory sailing programme for M1 students.
The students go through a series of land sessions. During these sessions, students are taught the different parts of the boat and sails, wind direction, steering and how to move from side to side. During the first week of June, of each year, the students go to Darrell's Island to apply the principles they have learned. T. N. Tatem was the pilot school for the programme in June of 1999; although, it was called Spice Valley then. Here some T. N. Tatem students reflect on their experiences.
I thought Water Wise was a lot of fun and a great experience. At first, I thought sailing was going to be very easy. The first time I sailed was really scary because the water was dark, the sky was really gray and it was windy! When you sail well and you focus Mrs. Robinson, our Physical Education teacher, doesn't let you go unrecognized. She will tell you when you are doing well. The only thing I didn't like was that my skin had dried out from being in the water all day and then I had to go through town to catch the bus to go home
Zaire DeShields-Outerbridge, M2:
.Water Wise for me was a fun experience. It took a while for me but after the first two days it became easy. Besides that, it was extremely fun,
Andre Ivo, M2:
When it came to the end we sailed around the island and although it took a while in the end we all loved it! On the last day we had to share all that we had learned for the week which was a lot.
Water Wise for me was so much fun and very exciting. We went sailing and I am sure I had capsized at least five times. On the first day that we got there we had to do drills that taught us to deal with events such as capsizing and swimming. Not many students paid attention at first and so when we got out on the water we learnt the hard way what it really means to listen and focus. Each morning before we went out sailing we had to write in our journals about the things that happened the day before. At the end of the week we had to share what we had learned over the week.
Xah-Niyah Hunt, M2: