Training classes need to be an Explorer and lifeguards prior to the beginning of the summer program
Anti Bully Class: learn skills to spot, detect, intervene, stop, correct the negative active and develop a respectful attitude. Then notify a lifeguard or program director of the situation. GO considers this as a key skill needed to be a leader.
Course Master; Bully Busters USA. https://www.facebook.com/BullyBusterUSA
First Aid and CPR; Certified American Heart and Lung lay mans course. This skill set allow the Explorer to safe guard participants at GO events. They will be trained to activate EMS, preform CPR and handle first aid situations.
Course Master: GCPR
Swim Instructor Course: instructors learn how to teach beginning, Intermediate and advance swim class. They learn teaching Technics, motivation skills and use of teaching tools to build strong swimmers.
Course Master: COF
Professional Attitude Builder course: The course teaches how act, dress and communicate in a professional manner while acting as a representative of Great Opportunities.
*All participants involved must know and understand, GO’s Code Of Conduct
**Additional classes can be added if Directors deems information is key to opening doors of opportunity.
The Summer Program
4 WEEKS, 3 DAY A WEEK
Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday
24 HOURS OF SWIM INSTRUCTION ( we consider this a life skill)
Class are taught in condo community pools from 8 am to 10 am. Age levels start at 4 years old to 18 years old.
4 one half hour classes taught daily per pool. Each half hour has 3 class levels beginning, intermediate and advance. 1 one hour class of stroke and endurance daily for the more advance swimmers. Prior to entering the water children must complete a short quiz on math and/or reading comprehension.
96 HOURS 12 DAY BEACH, TIDAL ZONE AND OCEAN FIELD TRIPS.
After swim classes are done the children meet and check in with program director. We use public transportation to travel to different aquatic location each day.
We believe teaching the children to use public buses and trains will prepare then travel on their own in the future.
Each field trip we have a guest speaker that talk with the children. Some example of past lectures are beach and ocean safety, water shed management, crime and gang prevention and tide pool exploration.
On our fishing trip, California State biologist helped the children identify fish. The whale watching trip, docents explains about lives of the local sea mammals.
After the lectures the children are allow to recreate on the local beaches. We provide the children with the beach equipment needed to learn to ride the wave, like surfboards and boogie boards, SUPs and kayaks. We teach the kids how to properly and safely use all the beach equipment.
For many of the children this a first time experience. Our goal is to instill confidence while teaching new ideas thing in a passive learning situation. Without Great Opportunities many of these children would never had these opportunities learn and grow.
The Children are supervised by our Lifeguards and Explorers which are hired from within the program. This is a positive peer to peer relationship for every one. After a fun day at the ocean, we return home late in the afternoon safe and sound.
September 21, 2014 from 8 am to 12:30 pm. Coastal Clean Up
Great Opportunities joins with the effort of the City of San Juan Capistrano to clean the the local creeks. The San Juan Capistrano Rotary provides a tasty BBQ for the kids at the end of the event. There are other organization that have display booths the information about a clean water shed.
“The ocean begins at our front door” Our goal is to show the children how we can effect our water shed. Like our EARTH DAY event, we try to help the children to connect the dots. From the front door to gutter then into the creek down to tidal zone and beach dumping into the ocean and in the seafood we catch and eat on our fishing trip. So that is why we don’t pollute!
Hello Friends and Family,
As you may already know, I have been involved with an organization called Great Opportunities. We are present or former State Lifeguards and friends that help out in any way by donating our time, equipment, or money to the cause of teaching kids the importance of learning to swim and how to apply aquatic skills to the beach environment.
This program is incredible, as its main goal is to assist kids, who would not have an opportunity otherwise to learn how to swim and become involved with the aquatic environment. These are at risk kids, from San Clemente, Dana Point and San Juan Capistrano, that are prone to becoming involved with gangs and Great Opportunities gives them an outlet to avoid this from happening. Each summer we teach the children to swim, introduce them to the beach environment, teach them to boogie board and surf, take them on field trips, and plan whatever else that we can provide for these kids.
A recent unfortunate event occurred that has made things difficult for us. Our van that contained some donated items including Boogie Boards, stand up paddle boards and various other items was broken into and all of the valuable items were stolen. Every year we struggle to raise the funds to support this wonderful program and this has set us back ever further.
I am asking that you help out this awesome program in any way that you can. We always need financial support and would love to try to find some corporate sponsors, but there are many other ways to assist too. Check out some of our other needs and let me know if you can help. Anything would be greatly appreciated! New or gently used would work. We even have volunteer opportunities. Also, if you have any contacts that you think might be able to assist in other ways, let me know and I will reach out to them.
-New bike helmets
-Soft Stand up paddle boards
-Masks and snorkels for diving
-Sunscreen and hats
Thanks for your time and support!