News From the Water

Help HACA Find a Lifeguard

March 11, 2022

It’s hard to believe, but our programmatic season will be upon us before we know it.

We are delighted to once again be partnering with the Housing Authority of the City of Annapolis (HACA) to provide an unforgettable summer day camp experience for children who reside in housing authority properties through our Junior Wai Koa program, a stand up paddle board clinic for kids.

A girl stands with assistance on an inflatable paddleboard in a pool

In this fiscal year alone, HACA has faced massive budget deficits adding up to nearly $800,000. This financial strain has impacted all of their operations, from processing rental vouchers to cutting staff hours and even halting capital improvement projects, according to this piece in the Capital Gazette. Timing could not be worse, with the reconstruction of the Newtowne 20 development underway and its contractors missing payments of about $322,000, the Capital reported.

In light of all of this, we think it’s particularly commendable that HACA was able to secure the funding they need to hire the lifeguards necessary to keep their pools running for residents of their properties. We run our Junior Wai Koa program because we know how important it is to get kids together for character and strength building activities where they can learn and grow together, but they should be able to do that on the days we aren’t with them at the pool. Each of us, at least, knows someone who knows someone who might be looking for seasonal work this summer, and we’re really hoping that you’ll consider sharing this opportunity.

Kids smile and wave at the camera underwater

To sweeten the deal, we’re offering to cover all lifeguard training to anyone who is interested! Lifeguarding is an excellent job to have: you get paid to be outside the skills that you learn will not only last you a lifetime, they might also save a life.

Please email [email protected] if you are interested.