Using a curriculum based on the standards of the American Sailing Association, The Maryland School of Sailing & Seamanship's staff show aspiring aquanauts how to maneuver vessels at sea. Their lessons often integrate textbooks and hands-on training, such as DVDs and the personal blogs of kelp. The seven ongoing courses typically span two to four days, covering subjects such as coastal cruising and celestial navigation and allowing students to earn certification from the American Sailing Association. In addition to conventional class structures, the school organizes lesson-cruise packages and full-day introductory programs. The staff teaches on American-made yachts appointed with refrigeration, an equipped galley, and climate control.
Hoping to instill a sense of wonder and appreciation for nature, EcoAdventures offers a variety of enriching programs to educate curious kids. With a number of themes to engage children in interests that range from sharks and bugs to hiking through nature and digging for fossils, programs are offered alongside weekly parent-children classes, drop-ins, and even birthday parties. With a staff of highly educated specialists ranging from marine biologists to biomedical engineers, the instructors work closely with kids to share their own knowledge, experience, and stories of being in the field with crocodiles and sharks.
Usually, runners swig water during a race. But at the Annapolis Beer Week 5K Beer Run, participants stop at beer stations to rehydrate with samples of various brews?drink packages are available for purchase on-site?before continuing their dash for the finish line. The event encourages racers to dress creatively, awarding distinctive costumes such as old bridesmaid's dresses, team uniforms, or running shorts made from two miniature kegs. Proceeds benefit the MSBusters Support Group of Edgewater, a community organization that provides financial and emotional support for those living with multiple sclerosis.