As area students begin to head back to school on Delmarva, a growing number of older students in Ocean Pines, on average age 35 and up, are enrolling in unique courses in unique settings.
Salisbury University, in partnership with the Ocean Pines Association, continues to bring Ocean Pines residents and guests engaging lifelong learning experiences, including two new courses titled the “Basics of Sailing” and “Basic Sailing on Boat” at the Ocean Pines Yacht Club on Saturday, Sept. 29.
“The sailing courses are the first of its kind at the Ocean Pines Yacht Club and are a great opportunity to showcase our marina, which is certified as a Maryland Clean Marina,” said Denise Sawyer, marketing and public relations director of the Ocean Pines Association.
Folks are invited to learn to sail or improve their sailing skills with help from the Salisbury University Sailing Team, which competes in the Middle Atlantic Intercollegiate Sailing Association Southern Division on the East Coast.
The “Basics of Sailing” course will be held from 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. and will cost $15 per participant. “Basic Sailing on Boat” will be held from 1 p.m. – 3 p.m. and will cost $85 per person. Those interested in both courses can enroll in a full-day course for $100 per person, which does include lunch.
“Don't worry if you don't know a ‘mainsheet’ from a ‘mizzenmast’,” said Mary Angela Baker, director of the Center for Extended and Lifelong Learning at Salisbury University. “If you want to learn, we want to teach you.”
Baker and her team of instructors are dedicated to strengthening the lifelong learning program in Ocean Pines, “SU at the Beach,” after a successful launch last year.
The institution will also offer lectures and seminars at the Ocean Pines Community Center, beginning Sept. 13. For more information about the program or to register for the courses, visit http://www.salisbury.edu/administration/president/cell/subeach.aspx or call 410-543-6090.
“Education later in life can either rejuvenate your career or take it in a different direction,” said Sawyer. “Adult learners who hunger for personal development or an improved wealth of knowledge will certainly benefit from the exciting lineup of upcoming courses in Ocean Pines.”