BAR HARBOR — Patricia Schimpf holds the title of Miss Maine for America Strong 2021. She’s now using her platform to support and protect women.
She’s working in male-dominated industries. For more than 10 years, she’s been a commercial lobsterwoman off Mount Desert Island.
Past experiences have presented challenges, according to Schimpf, and now she wants to make sure other women are prepared and educated for unsafe situations.
To do this she’s holding self-defense classes.
“It’s really important for girls to be prepared and just have that mindset of the what-ifs,” Schimpf said. “If you don’t already have the training, by the time something happens to you it’s too late. So just a little bit can make a big difference of whether you’re even targeted in the first place.”
The first set of classes will be held for women going to college at Destination Health in Bar Harbor. To sign up, call Destination Health at (207) 288-3121 or visit the website.
Schimpf said they are expanding the classes in the future.