GALVESTON

Sea Star Base Galveston is calling all interested students, age 14 and up, to join the youth sailing program that meets each Saturday, 2 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. The introduction to sailing fee is $25 per person. Community sailing members sail all day as a membership benefit.

Regardless of experience, the Community Sailing Program offers the opportunity to learn new skills during regular practices and to enjoy large keel boat outings. Licensed Captain Mike Janota, program director, encourages anyone who would like to learn how to sail, as well as those who would like to refine their skills, to become a crew member.

Sailors are asked to meet on the breezeway every Saturday ready to sail. Boats provided by Sea Star Base Galveston include FJs, Picos, Sonars and a number of large boats to choose from. The only skill required is the desire to learn to sail. Sailors are advised to bring sunscreen and a hat and to dress appropriately.

Annual crew (student) membership is $200 and benefits include sailing, swimming pool, volleyball court and kayaks. Water safety equipment is provided. For more information or to purchase a membership go to www.ssbgalveston.org or call 409-752-2560.

Sea Star Base Galveston is also offering birding and photography kayak excursions through early fall.

Experienced guides will identify bird species and discuss photography basics to ensure the best possible images are captured as keepsakes on this exciting kayak adventure.

The scenic bayou and surrounding wetlands environment are abundant with rare and native birds and kayakers are guaranteed that they will witness some of nature’s awesome residents.

Excursion photos will be posted on Sea Star Base Galveston social media sites. Kayaks and safety gear provided.

Excursions are June 24, July 29, 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., and continue through October. The fee is $35 per person, and minors must be accompanied by an adult. To register, go to www.ssbgalveston.org or call 409-572-2560.

Sea Star Base Galveston is continuing to offer Texas Boaters Education classes on Saturdays, June 10, July 1 and July 10, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., at 7509 Broadway. Classes include a trip aboard the BaySmart Express and students 13 years and older are eligible to attend the class.

The Texas Boaters Education class is required by Texas education law for all those born after Aug. 31, 1993, who wish to operate personal watercraft, including sailing vessels, of more than 14 feet, and any motor vessel with more than 15 horsepower, and is approved by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department.

The course includes a final exam after which certifications are awarded to passing students. Space is limited, registration is required, and cost is $20 per person.

In partnership with the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, the class will focus on nautical terminology, safety equipment, rules of the road, legal and moral responsibilities and other important marine topics.

The class instructor is Captain Margaret Candler, director of programs including BaySmart, maritime, outreach and scouting, at Sea Star Base Galveston.

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