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Monday, August 1, 2011

Chris Bender 619.482.6564
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Funded by California Department of Boating and Waterways,
Will Be Only Structure of Type on Silver Strand State Beach

Crown Cove Aquatic Center tower
Crown Cove Aquatic Center

CHULA VISTA, CA – Southwestern College today announced the construction of a new boating platform at its Crown Cove Aquatic Center (CCAC) in Coronado. The dock will be built adjacent to the Center, serving its instructional programs and providing a berth for CCAC’s Catalina 22 sailboats, and also serving Coronado’s recreational boaters.

“Just like our Centers in San Ysidro and National City, Southwestern College prides itself on having modern facilities in communities where people live. This new dock will give our residents and visitors another reason to choose Crown Cove as a place to learn, relax and play,” Interim Superintendent/President Denise Whittaker said. “We thank the Department of Boating and Waterways for funding this project and supporting our College District’s student and programs.”

Dock and project features will include:

  • 20 x 30 floating platform
  • 100 ft. gangway
  • ADA parking lot improvements

Construction will begin after September 5, 2011 and take approximately 60 days. The project will cost $286,335 with funding from the California Department of Boating and Waterways. Once completed, the CCAC’s gangway and platform will be the only one on the Silver Strand State Beach.

CCAC is one of Southwestern College’s four satellite facilities. It offers water safety training programs including lifeguard, CPR and first aid certification, and Marine Safety Service in addition to Southwestern College credit courses. The Center also offers its annual Aquatic Adventure Day Camp for young people and classes in surfing, sailing, canoeing, kayaking, outrigger and paddle boarding.

The Center is a partnership between the California State Department of Boating and Waterways, California State Parks and the College District. The CCAC was the first Boating Instructional Safety Center constructed by funds from Department of Boating and Waterways. The CCAC remains one of the few community colleges in this type of relationship with DBW; most other institutions with similar relationships are at the university level.

About Southwestern College
Accredited since 1964 and recently reaffirmed, Southwestern College is the only public institution of higher education in southern San Diego County, serving approximately 400,000 residents of communities including Bonita, Chula Vista, Imperial Beach, National City, Nestor, Otay Mesa, Palm City, San Ysidro, Sunnyside and Coronado. The College District offers more than 312 associate degree and certificate options. For more information, visit www.swccd.edu.

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