Join us at the LJFA Kick-Off Party and check presentation on May 28

San Diego Magazine and Torrey Pines Kiwanis will host a fundraiser to support athletic programs for persons with disabilities at the iconic Bird’s Surf Shed on May 28, 2015. We hope that you can join us for a fun night full of entertainment, delicious bites from Miho Gastrotruck, and a hosted beer and wine bar. 100% of the proceeds from the Kick-off Party will benefit sports and recreation programs for San Diegans with disabilities.

5/29/15

Join us at the LJFA Kick-Off Party and check presentation on May 28



San Diego Magazine and Torrey Pines Kiwanis will host a fundraiser to support athletic programs for persons with disabilities at the iconic Bird’s Surf Shed on May 28, 2015. We hope that you can join us for a fun night full of entertainment, delicious bites from Miho Gastrotruck, and a hosted beer and wine bar. 100% of the proceeds from the Kick-off Party will benefit sports and recreation programs for San Diegans with disabilities.

In addition to all the fun at the event, Torrey Pines Kiwanis will be presenting the aquatic center with a donation of $25,000 to support our accessible watersports programs. Donations like these allow us to continue to provide watersports opportunities to local San Diegans with disabilities. The Kick-off Party celebrates the launch of the 19th annual La Jolla Festival of the Arts which will be held at UCSD in June.

The Kick-off Party will be held at the iconic Bird’s Surf Shed, which is filled with a collection of over 800 awe-inspiring vintage surfboards. In addition to entertainment, food, and drinks, a live auction will feature items from Honorary Ambassadors, Aaron Chang Photography, Tim Bessell Surfboards, a swag bag from San Diego Magazine, and much more.

Tickets for the Kick-off Party and La Jolla Festival of the Arts are available online at ljfa.org/tickets. We hope that you will be able to join us for a fun evening while helping to support watersport opportunities for San Diegans with disabilities.

Event Details
May 28, 2015
Bird’s Surf Shed
1091 W Morena Blvd.
San Diego, CA 92110
6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Tickets: $45 in advance, $55 at the door
Tickets available at: ljfa.org/tickets



5/23/15

Summer camp is almost here!



The first week of The Watersports Camp season is just a few weeks away! We have been hard at work preparing and are excited to offer campers a high quality camp experience that they will cherish for decades! The coming weeks will be filled with continued training to ensure we live up to our reputation of delivering the highest standards of safe and quality camp experiences.

Each year we look forward to new friendships, amazing learning opportunities, and sharing our passion for the marine environment that can lead to a life long appreciation of watersports. With 13 weeks of fun ahead it’s just a matter of time before campers will be catching waves, jumping wakes, sailing in the summer sun, and creating memories that will last a lifetime!

If you haven’t already registered, head over to www.watersportscamp.com TODAY to ensure you don’t miss out on all the action-packed fun this summer!

Wakeboarding Development Camp



With the arrival of our new Nautique 210’s this year we are more excited than ever for campers to LAUNCH into our Super Air Nautique Wakeboard Development Camp. This camp is designed specifically for campers who want to push their riding to new limits, learn new skills, and spend the week in our exclusive, all-day wakeboarding camp. Campers who register for the Wakeboarding Development Camp will be coached by one of our experienced wakeboarding instructors to learn new drills and tricks that will move them through the fundamentals and open new doors in their riding abilities.

Each day, Wakeboard Development Campers arrive at 7:45 am, grab their gear and jump in a 2015 Super Air Natique 210 before heading out from MBAC. Campers will spend the day on the boat with with our talented and experienced instructors, participating in a top-shelf wakeboarding experience not available anywhere else in San Diego. This camp is designed for wakeboarders and wakeskaters with previous experience who can successfully edge in and out of the wake and want to be coached to a new level of riding.

The Wakeboard Development Camp only has a capacity of just 5 riders per week and will fill up soon!  Don't miss out and register today at www.watersportscamp.com!

5/6/15

Summer positions still available



If you enjoy being outdoors and have a passion for watersports that you would like to share with others, then we might have the perfect job for you this summer! MBAC still has several positions open for the upcoming summer season.

Whether looking for a seasonal summer job or year-round part-time position, we are currently recruiting for many opportunities. Every summer over 2,000 kids ages 6-17 participate in our watersports camp where they participate in sailing, windsurfing, wakeboarding, waterskiing, surfing, stand up paddling, kayaking, and marine science. We also keep busy over summer teaching adult recreation and ENS classes, as well as renting equipment to tourists and locals alike.

Many positions are still open for instructors in sailingpaddleboardingsurfingkayakingrowing, or windsurfing. If you have a more general knowledge and experience of watersports and experience with kids, then a Camp Counselor position might be the perfect fit for you. For those with experience in customer service and maintenance, our Dockmaster position would be the perfect opportunity for you. If you are an avid tweeter, constantly double tapping on Instagram, and your friends are always liking your Facebook posts, check out our brand new Marketing-Social Media Assistant position.

Bilingual candidates are highly encouraged to apply!

 For a complete list of available positions with full job descriptions, visit our website at  www.mbaquaticcenter.com/jobs.


Bring Mom to MBAC for a complimentary rental



This Mother’s Day bring your mom out for a fun and adventurous paddling excursion. We are offering a free kayak or paddleboard rental to all moms with the coupon below and the purchase of a rental. Whether the mom in your life is a friend, spouse, or the person that raised you, bring her down for a fun paddle on Mission Bay. If you want to make it a super special weekend adventure, we recommend stopping by Olive CafĂ© for an early morning breakfast, midday brunch, or afternoon lunch pre or post paddle. Give that special mom in your life a fun opportunity to explore Mission Bay while spending some quality time with you.

Simply display the coupon below on your phone or print it out and bring it in to get a Buy One, Get One Free discount Saturday, May 9 or Sunday, May 10. Our current rental hours are 8:00am-5:30pm and our rentals are good for up to 2.5 hours.



MBAC Celebrates Boating Safety Day



In partnership with the California State Parks Division of Boating and Waterways we will be kicking off National Safe Boating Week on Sunday, May 17th . Our celebration of Safe Boating Day includes free kayak and paddleboard rentals, a free lifejacket giveaway, and used equipment sale. Be sure to pick up some safe boating materials while you're here.

Mission Bay Aquatic Center is the regional boating safety center for the California State Parks Division of Boating and Waterways. We are excited to share our passion for boating safely while having fun with fellow San Diegans.

Boating Safety Day fun will begin at 8am on May 17th where you will be able to pick up a free lifejacket, rent a kayak or paddleboard for free, or browse our used equipment sale. All rentals for the day must be returned by 5:30pm. Bring the entire family down to share in our excitement of boating safely while having a great time.

LIFEJACKET TRADE-IN DAY MAY 16
Meet the Wear It California! Crew at MBAC at 9 a.m. and bring your old unserviceable or outgrown life jacket to trade in for a new, free lifejacket. Supplies are limited, so come early!

RECREATIONAL BOATING SAFETY FACTS

All figures are from the U.S. Coast Guard’s 2013 Recreational Boating Safety Statistics, the latest official record of reported recreational boating accidents.
  • Drowning was reported as the cause of death in three-fourths of all fatalities. 
  • Approximately 84 percent of those who drowned were not wearing life jackets.
  • In 2013, the Coast Guard counted 4,062 accidents that involved 560 deaths, 2,620 injuries and approximately $39 million dollars of damage to property as a result of recreational boating accidents.
  • The fatality rate was 4.7 deaths per 100,000 registered recreational vessels. This is a 13% decrease from 2012 fatality rate of 5.4 deaths per 100,000 registered recreational vessels. 
  • About 13 percent of deaths occurred on boats where the operator had received boating safety instruction.
  • Operator inattention, improper lookout, operator inexperience, excessive speed and machinery failure rank as the top 5 primary contributing factors in accidents.
  • Alcohol use ranks as a contributing factor in 16% of the deaths. 
  • Twenty-two children under age thirteen lost their lives while boating in 2013. Eight children, or approximately 36% of the children who died in 2013 died from drowning. (Five children or 62.5 percent of those who drowned were not wearing a life jacket as required by state and federal law.)
  • The most common types of vessels involved in reported accidents were open motorboats (46%), personal watercraft (18%) and cabin motorboats (17%).