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Based at the Crosby Lakeside Adventure Centre, Crosby Scout and Guide Marina Club have both sailing dinghy and kayak sections. The Club is a registered charity and offers all Sefton children from the age of 10 years (not just Scouts and Guides) both dinghy sailing and kayaking experiences.
CSGMC offers a full year's membership at an unbelievably low subscription to encourage children to join regardless of financial means, and the Club provides all the equipment needed to participate. Training is carried out in dinghies to RYA (Royal Yachting Association) and in canoes and kayaks to BCU (British Canoe Union) standards for no extra charge. This is a fantastic opportunity for all local children to learn a new skill in a friendly and supportive environment.
The club is run by volunteers and has been operating successfully since 1974, over 35 years. Our activities are supported by a team of qualified, volunteer instructors who are RYA and/or BCU qualified. We encourage parents and others to become involved in club activities and to provide practical support. All volunteers are CRB registered. Many of our instructors are, or were parents of members and have been supported to become qualified at the Clubâ€™s expense.
The Club is highly inclusive and nonâ€discriminatory. It encourages young people from all walks of life and helps them work together. The club aims to develop social and interactional abilities as well as practical skills. Sailing involves building selfâ€reliance, team work, selfâ€confidence, coâ€ordination and organisational skills, taking responsibility and decisionâ€making.
Young members are well represented on the management Committee and are encouraged to express their views and ideas. We also encourage members, as they mature, to become volunteer instructors and support them to gain further qualifications.
The Club obtains its basic funding from membership fees but this barely covers operating costs such as insurance, rent and repairs. It relies upon any grants that may be available for volunteer training and equipment. Dinghies and kayaks are a major expense with dinghies, for example, costing between £5000 to £8000 each. Boats and other equipment, such as buoyancy aids and protective clothing, need constant repair or replacement due to the nature of our work; however, it is imperative that we maintain all our equipment in good order in the interests of safety and we do that only through grants and contributions.
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