Capital University News, California State University, Sacramento
October 18, 2004
Water safety programs draw national interest
The CSUS Aquatic Center and University Media Services both
drew national attention this summer for their work in promoting water safety
and boating education.
UMS won a national Boating Education Advancement Award at the International
Boating and Water Safety Summit. The award recognized a body of work UMS has
done for the California Division of Boating and Waterways including the educational
water safety videos Champions of the Waterways and On the Line.
And the Aquatic Center’s boating safety program “CSUS Aquatic and
Boating Safety Center” was selected as a regional winner by the Western
State Boating Administrators Association. The center went on to compete for
the National Safe Boating Council’s Boating Education Advancement Award.
The regional award carried a $1,000 cash award.
The Aquatic Center went one step further in the spotlight in August when Olympic
silver medalist in rowing Mary Whipple mentioned the Center in an interview
during NBC’s Olympic telecast from Athens. Whipple, who grew up in Sacramento,
told the reporter that learned her sport on the Aquatic Center’s Capital
Safety on the water is a prime concern in a water sports-friendly place like
Sacramento. And it’s the primary reason the University, the California
Department of Boating and Waterways, and the California Department of Parks
and Recreation teamed up to create the Aquatic Center.
As a certified state regional boat safety center, the center offers dozens of
aquatic, boating and safety programs. Some courses are available to Sacramento
State students for credit, while others are group or private lessons and clinics
that are also open to the public.
And every year more than 3,500 children and teens take part in summer camps
as well as after-school and spring break programs including special “Guppies”
camps for seven-year-olds.
The Center also functions as a recreation destination with beach and grass areas,
picnic tables, barbeques and docks. Guests can rent keelboats, sailboats, surf
skis, windsurfers, canoes and kayaks for personal use. Special rates are available
for Sacramento State faculty, staff and students.