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AMES students learn the ropes

23 February 20150 comments
AMES youth students ready to sail.

AMES youth students ready to sail.

​Two AMES Youth classes from Box Hill recently enjoyed a day learning to sail on Albert Park Lake.

The classes went to the lake on December 11 with teachers Nicole and Joe to learn about water safety and how to safely sail.

They caught an express train to Southern Cross Station and then took a crowded tram to MSAC, near Albert Park Lake.

“We saw some hungry swans and ducks at the lake, and played with them. After that we took many photos and had a quick lunch there,” class members wrote in an exercise.

“After half an hour we happily walked to the Boatshed Sailing Centre nearby. This centre is owned by Yachting Victoria,” the class wrote.

“The instructor Camilla gave us some information that we need to know, about water safety and sailing.

“She explained how important it is to check the weather and wind conditions before going sailing.

“Next she mentioned the effects of drinking alcohol while sailing and after that she spoke about how we must wear life jackets, and use sunscreen, hats and sunglasses to protect us from the sun.

“Then we were split into two groups. While one group went sailing, the other played safety games and after we swapped.

“In one game we had to wear “Goggle Glasses” that made it difficult to see, like when somebody was drunk. It was very difficult to walk in a straight line and dangerous to be near the water.

“In the end we felt very happy even though our clothes were wet. It was an exciting and interesting experience because it was our first time sailing and we really enjoyed it,” the class said.

For more information on this story, contact Joe Jach on 9890 7800.