WRIGHTSVILLE BEACH, North Carolina – Last summer a group of local watermen formed the Carolina Junior Waterman Team to be based out of Wrightsville Beach. The purpose of the team is to develop well rounded young men and women and to give them the skills necessary to become experts in a multitude of ocean disciplines. The first year’s team consisted of a smaller number of participants and was be selected on an invitation only basis. Now that the program has been refined, year 2 will be open to more participants.
The team will met on a weekly basis throughout the summer to receive instruction on topics from experts in the fields of SUP, Surfing, Ocean Rescue, Open Water Swimming, Diving, Fishing and Boating. Dave Baker (the Head of Ocean Rescue for the Town of Wrightsville Beach) for example, led the team on all things regarding water rescue techniques. “The ocean is a dynamic environment and unfortunately, you may find yourself faraway from any medical facility to take care of your own injury or that of a fellow waterman. I was my focus to help them learn how to deal with and treat these unforeseen incidents and how to make rescues within the impact zone, should you see someone in need of your assistance. In years to come, I hope to build the confidence of the Carolina Jr. Waterman Team by providing the knowledge and testing their skills, so they will know what to do when an incident occurs.”
Organizers have already made contact with several well known Watermen in the Mid-Atlantic Region that are interested in working with this group to establish their own Junior Waterman Programs. The Carolina Junior Waterman Team will be coached by James Bain, Dave Baker, Barry Blackburn, Jason Colclough, Haywood Newkirk and April Zilg. The leadership in this group has a long history in the area in terms of Surfing, SUP, Diving, Fishing, Boating and Water Rescue.
For more information about the Carolina Jr. Waterman’s Team or questions about the curriculum or forming a team in your town, contact Haywood Newkirk (newkirkh(AT)bellsouth.net) or April Zilg (aezilg(AT)gmail.com)