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ABLE To Sail participants get ready to sail at Union Reservoir in Longmont, CO, in June 2021.
Audrey Halbert leads ABLE to Sail campers during a sailing lesson at Union Reservoir in Longmont, CO, in June 2021.
ABLE (A Better Life Experience) To Sail teaches campers to sail but the primary goal of the program is to inspire and empower students to apply those lessons to life and learn that it is possible to recover from capsizing in their lives, and learn to safely navigate youth.
Campers walk carrying keels and rudders to to the south beach at Union Reservoir to prepare their sailboats for an outing in June 2021.
Diane McKinney instructs campers Sally Odorizzi (left) and Isabelle Throbald during an ABLE To Sail day in June 2021.
ABLE To Sail staff member Audrey Halbert, of Longmont, CO, leads a group by example during a camp in June 2021 at Union Reservoir in Longmont, CO.
Diane McKinney instructs campers during a lesson at Union Reservoir in Longmont, CO.
Diane McKinney uses a miniature sail boat to teach campers at ABLE To Sail at Union Reservoir in Longmont, CO.
Staffer Audrey Halbert cruises along during an ABLE To Sail camp at Union Reservoir in Longmont, CO in June 2021.
Camp attendee Isabelle Throbaldattaches a rudder to the sailboat during the ABLE To Sail camp at Union Reservoir in Longmont, CO.
Camper Rainer Abraxas places the keel for the sailboat in place before a lesson at Union Reservoir in Longmont, CO.
Teddy bears Cadabra and Chance are used to show campers at ABLE To Sail where they need to be while sailing at Union Reservoir in Longmont, CO.
The trailer McKinney uses to haul gear is adorned with names on the outside of young people who have committed suicide or overdosed. It’s a reminder of her own journey, her suicide attempts, and her newfound purpose. On the inside are inspirational quotes McKinney likes.
Campers hoist their sails before taking a sailing lesson on Union Reservoir in Longmont, CO, during ABLE To Sail's weekly camps.
Diane McKinney talks with staffer Alexis McKay, 19, and camper Audrey Haller before they set sail at Union Reservoir in Longmont, CO.
Diane McKinney presents a motivational speech during her ABLE To Sail camp at Union Reservoir in Longmont, CO, in June 2021.
Junior staff member and former camper Max Popma, 15, hugs one of the teddy bears used for instruction at ABLE To Sail.
Staffer Audrey Halbert, 19, of Longmont, CO, leads by example during a sailing lesson for ABLE To Sail at Union Reservoir in Longmont, CO.
A wind sensor is attached to the sailboats at ABLE To Sail to help the sailors in camp know the direction the wind is coming from.
Staffer Alexis McKay, 19, from Lafayette, CO, helps campers learn to sail during ABLE To Sail's weekly camps at Union Reservoir in Longmont, CO.
Junior staffers Max Popma, 15, from Longmont, and Leah McKay, 15, from Lafayette, CO, help campers like Sally Odorizzi learn how to right a sailboat before a sailing lesson on Union Reservoir in Longmont, CO.
Campers Rainer Abraxas (left) and Jack Arthur (right) are pulled back to shore by Diane McKinney after learning to right a sailboat if it capsizes during sailing.
Staffer Alexis McKay, 19, of Lafayette, CO, leads a group exercise as campers (from left to right) Lex Lomanov, Jack Arthur and Currey Murph participate during ABLE To Sail's weekly sailing camp at Union Reservoir in Longmont, CO.
Campers at ABLE To Sail are taught the quintessential sailing knots during their week-long camp at Union Reservoir in Longmont, CO.
Campers Currey Murph and Sally Odorizzi learn to sail at ABLE To Sails week-long camp at Union Reservoir in Longmont, CO.
Staffer Audrey Halbert, 19, from Longmont, CO, is all smiles while teaching sailing for Diane McKinney of ABLE To Sail at Union Reservoir in Longmont.
Staffer Alexis McKay, 19, from Lafayette, CO, got a meaningful tattoo in reference to the ABLE To Sail camp she has attended and teaches at on Union Reservoir in Longmont, CO. It says, "You are good enough, you always have been."
ABLE To Sail's founder and instructor Diane McKinney helps campers Alexis McKay and Audrey Haller during a lesson at Union Reservoir in Longmont, CO.
Junior camp staffer Leah McKay, 15, from Lafayette, CO, is in the center leading an activity for campers (from left to right) Alexis McKay, Lex Lomanov, Audrey Halbert, Jack Arthur and Max Popma at ABLE To Sail's weekly camp at Union Reservoir in Longmont, CO.
Campers and junior staffer Max Popma's grandfather Charlie Lindsay from West Chester, Pennsylvania, sail during ABLE To Sail's weekly camp at Union Reservoir in Longmont, CO.
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