The National Safe Boating Council (NSBC), a national catalyst for recreational boating safety, inducted James Muldoon into the Boating Safety Hall of Fame, the organization’s most prestigious award recognizing those who provided vital leadership in making our waterways safer throughout their career.
Muldoon was a key contributor to the development of the U. S. Coast Guard’s Strategic Plan of the National Recreational Boating Safety Program. He advised the U. S. Coast Guard and its Boating Safety Division that on-water skills-based training was necessary to increase safety and reduce accidents and fatalities.
“Mr. Muldoon’s work has left an indelible mark on the recreational boating and marine industries,” said Stu Gilfillen, chair of the National Safe Boating Council. “His leadership and advocacy resulted in the development of the National On-Water Standards, which all boating organizations and boaters are benefiting from today.”
As the chair of the National Boating Safety Advisory Council (NBSAC) for 11 years, Muldoon’s leadership advanced NBSAC’s ability to contribute to U.S. Coast Guard initiatives that support boaters around the country. Under his direction, NBSAC established permanent liaisons with two other U.S. Coast Guard Councils (Commercial and Towing), increased cooperation, and expanded implementation of safety measures for all boaters.
He has also been recognized by almost every major organization in the boating safety community for his outstanding contributions. For decades, Mr. Muldoon has supported boating safety education and training opportunities at the national and grassroots levels. He was a key player in the development and funding approval of US Sailing’s national keelboat training and certification program. Over 35 years ago, he founded the Brendan Sail Training Program for Youth with Learning Differences to boost self-confidence and personal growth in children with learning differences.
“Mr. Muldoon exemplifies the passion for boating safety that the National Safe Boating Council looks for in a Boating Safety Hall of Fame inductee,” said Peg Phillips, executive director of the National Safe Boating Council. “He has dedicated his career to making our waterways safer and is worthy of joining the elite group of 47 hall of fame members.”
Muldoon has served as CEO and founder of METCOR/LSI since 1979, which provides specialized procurement-related and customized learning solutions and services to federal and corporate clients in the high technology/emerging market arenas. His early experience working for a U.S. Senator on Capitol Hill laid the foundation for his continued success in advancing boating safety issues.
The NSBC’s Boating Safety Hall of Fame was established in 1995 and recognizes individuals who have made, or continue to generate, substantial and lasting contributions toward the advancement of recreational boating safety. Learn more at https://www.safeboatingcouncil.org/about/boating-safety-hall-of-fame/.
Eye On Annapolis: "Brendan Sailing Opens Registration for 2021 Summer Camps for Youth with Learning Differences"
"Brendan Sailing has announced that registration is open for the 2021 Summer Camp Season. This year, Brendan features both one and two weekday camp programs at their Bembe Beach location in Annapolis. St Mary’s College of Maryland will host a ten-day residential camp and a week-long day camp in Southern Maryland. An early bird discount of up to $100 is extended for registration by April 1st. Scholarships are available, no youth is ever turned down for inability to pay."
Brendan Sailing has received a $10,000 Grant from The Brick Companies Foundation. This grant will support expanding opportunities to youth who would otherwise not have these life experiences.
Shelly Ford, Chief Responsibility Officer of the Brick Companies, states “As we navigate the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and what the world may look like on the other side, the need for life experiences has never been greater. The Brick Companies is both proud and honored to support the programs and initiatives of Brendan Sailing. Children who would otherwise never have these opportunities leave each program with increased self-confidence and greatly-improved social skills. Visit the photo gallery and look at those smiles!”
Charlie Arms, Executive Director of Brendan Sailing, expressed “We are so grateful to TBC Foundation for their on-going support of Brendan Sailing. This generous gift will enable us to continue creating successes for youth with Learning Differences in our program at DC Sail and in our summer camps”.
The Brendan Corporation, parent organization of Brendan Sailing, founded in 1985, is dedicated to building pathways for self-confidence and personal growth in children with Learning Differences through individually tailored experiential instruction in sailing. For more information, please visit www.brendansailing.org
The Brick Companies were founded in 1892. For over 125 years TBC has owned and managed commercial, residential, and recreational properties throughout the Mid-Atlantic region and is focused on creating memorable places for current and future generations through social responsibility and environmental leadership.
While this year we would have ideally hosted our sailing camps in person on the water in Annapolis, St. Mary's, and Washington DC, we had to postpone our camps due to the ongoing health crisis.
We were fortunate enough to convert our curriculum into virtual camp sessions which we dubbed, 'Brendan Out of-the-the Box' and thanks to the Kathy and Jerry Wood Foundation, we were able to host four of these sessions this past July to any student ages 11-18 free of charge.
Needless to say - we had a blast! We met online with returning campers and new students, who received materials in the mail to build their own boats, practice course navigation, study sail positions, and much more.
Below are video recaps of each session for any students or parents interested - feel free to reach out with any feedback or requests to attend future sessions. We hope to continue in making a difference through our mission!
Brendan out-of-the Box Session #1 - Recap
Brendan out-of-the Box Session #2 - Recap
Brendan out-of-the Box Session #3 - Recap
Brendan out-of-the Box Session #4 - Recap
The Brendan Sailing Program presents 'Brendan-Out-of-the-Box', a free, four-lesson Zoom series in July – Session materials included.
June 30, 2020 – Washington, D.C. – The Brendan Sailing Program for Youth with Learning Differences (Brendan Sailing) has moved online! Starting Friday, July 10, Brendan Sailing will be hosting 'Brendan-Out-of-the-Box'; a free, four-week interactive Zoom series focused on sailing skills. Hosted by Brendan Sailing staff, the digital interactive series is tailored for hands-on learning and aims to provide participants a fun and unique social environment focused on sailing. "At Brendan, we rely on hands-on learning using manipulatives to teach sailing concepts. How do we do that virtually? By sending a box of materials directly to the camper and making the teaching tools or manipulatives with them." Said Charlie Arms, Executive Director. Sessions and dates include:
Session 1: Friday, July 10, 2020 "Build-a-Boat" – Participants will be provided a small wooden boat to assemble while learning about its parts and functions!
Session 2: Friday, July 17, 2020 "What Floats?" – Participants will be provided a small bucket for water and clay to form a 'boat' to test buoyancy and learn why some boats float…and others don't! Instructor Evan will be joining live from a 40' sailboat on the Chesapeake Bay.
Session 3: Friday, July 24, 2020 "Where the Wind Blows" – Participants will build their own "wind pizza" to learn the points of sail. Campers will then use their boats from Session 1 to practice setting the sails to the wind.
Session 4: Friday, July 31, 2020"Aids to Navigation" – Participants will construct mini navigational aids and use them to mark a hazardous channel on a navigational chart to provide safe passage of their "boat."
All four sessions are free to join, and all materials needed will be provided and mailed prior to each registered lesson. Session applications are now available online and can be found on Brendan Sailing's website: www.brendansailing.org. Prior registration is required. Ages 11-18 are welcome to participate.
See the original Annapolis Patch Article Here
Sign Up Now for Brendan Out-of-the Box Sessions Here
Attention Brendan Supporters!
October is LD Awareness month. It is an exciting time, and this month brings a great opportunity to spread awareness about the Learning Differences community.
Tuesday September 18, 2019 - Brendan Sailing celebrates a successful opening to it's Fall 2019 After School Sailing Program. Launching from DC Sail, new students had a chance to cruise the Anacostia River and learn new skills. We look forward to the next 7 weeks in Washington DC!