Sailing Like an Expert
Sailing is a simple skill to learn that can be taught during an afternoon in the lake or ocean, provided that the required instruments are available and the right trainer to take you through it. Most people who have no clue how to sail are capable of doing so after up to 10 days of training. These beginners can shove off on their own after a few days of training. It is possible to teach yourself, but it is better if you sign up for a course. Boating clubs offer these courses, and it is easier to get certification if you train through a relevant institution.
It is also advisable to train on a smaller boat since the skills are transferable to bigger ones. Basic courses last for three hours each session can cost between $150 and $200. Private instructors will charge $20 to $50 per hour, with the students requiring 15 to 35 hours of training to perfection. During the training, you will be taught the main parts of a boat, how they coordinate, what you will do to sail to safety. On larger boats, there are more moving parts which need to be focused on, during your training you will know the differences and functions of these crucial parts. Examples include keel, centerboard, tiller and the wheel.
You will be informed of the differences between larger and smaller boats, for instance, how easy it is to bring on a crew on a larger boat, when you are the captain. This way, there is no luxury of making mistakes in private. Bigger boats are usually heavier, surprisingly moving faster due to a higher momentum. Besides these, the weather is another factor to keep in mind during a sail. It is easier for someone who was on a sail before to learn sailing faster than someone who has never done it before. This is because you will be able to feel the wind on the boat, while anticipating its effect on the boat.
If you have never sailed before, it might take up to two weeks to understand this physics. Therefore, getting a good instinct for the dynamics between the wind, the sail and the boat is what matters the most. Other places are easy to sail while others are hard to sail depending on weather patterns and currents. This might affect your learning because most boating clubs are found in bays, where the waters are still, where there are no tides or ocean currents. In busy waters, find the best times to avoid traffic and terrible ocean currents.
Some factors also need to be kept in mind, like times of container ships, right of way rules, and how to maneuver away from other boats. Try learning from expert sailors who have mastered art and who are well conversant with local geography before setting off on their own. The most stressful part of a sailing day is getting in and getting out. If he happens to have a keel boat without a motor, he will have to sail it onto a slip in a marina, a skill that requires hours of coaching and dedication.
Consequently, if a person has not been around vessels much, a person will have to spend more time learning from scratch. People have different learning styles, there are those who learn by reading, others by watching others. If you learn by reading, take time to read books on crewing even before beginning your coaching, if a person learns socially, find space and time to spend on another sailor’s boat.
When a learner learns by doing, he needs to buy a boat like tomorrow and start figuring it out as you go. If he likes being taught by another person, he should find himself an instructor. There are three main reasons why someone would learn how to sail; to own a boat, to manage a boat offshore or to learn about voyaging. If you have no sailing experience, go to a busy sailing time and take a few months crewing as part of the crew. During this time you will know some few things about yourself, things like if you get sea sick, if you really like being offshore on a boat and most importantly, what you will need throughout your sails.