Bay, Westlake Sea Scouts reach semifinals

Sea Scouts Adam Schordock, Khalid Hamil, Zak Hamil and Nick Maude with a graphic they created about preventing boat fires. Photo by Dawn Hamil

Our Sea Scout crew, named "Boats" and comprised of Adam Schordock (Westlake High School), Khalid Hamil (Bay Middle School), and Derek Reid, Nick Maude and our leader Zak Hamil (all from Bay High School) reached the semifinals of the Paradigm Challenge, a $250,000 international competition sponsored by the American Red Cross.

The scouts submitted a trifold brochure, titled “Don’t let this be Your Boat.” The competition sought innovative ideas from youth to prevent home fires and deaths. Since the scouts are at home on the water, they designed an infographic highlighting the main causes of boat fires. The graphic also gave suggestions for preventative maintenance that should be taken.

The Sea Scouts invited the U.S. Coast Guard vessel inspection officers to review the trifold and incorporated their suggestions to improve the content. After a final overview by Commodore Clay Miller and the other officers and trustees of Bay Boat Club, the trifold was submitted and has reached the semifinals of the competition. The Sea Scouts will be seeking a grant to publish the trifold and distribute it to marinas.

Sea Scouting is a co-ed program for eighth-graders through high school who love boating. Contact Richard Gash, Skipper, 440-871-6106 for further details.

Richard Gash

Adult leader with Sea Scout Ship 41, contact

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