Can Children Learn To Sail?

Can children learn to sail? Children learn how to sail quicker than adults. Absolutely! In our case, we started at age eight. My son was seven when he went through the program. We only need two and a half...

Absolutely! In our case, we started at age eight. My son was seven when he went through the program. We only need two and a half hours of concentration with kids; they take it up so quickly.

A lot of times we get adults taking the course and they come to us a little bewildered because they just read three books on sailing. That's the worse thing in the world for us to try to undo everything that they think they know how to do. Kids come with an open mind and we say look this is how this works, and they do it. Kids wear life jackets the entire time regardless of their swimming ability. We also make the kids capsize the boat intentionally. That just gives them a huge amount of confidence. So if that happens for real, they are not going to panic and they are going to know exactly what to do. We make sure your sailing partner is waiting and you both have your life jackets on and take the steps necessary to bring the boat back upright. We typically hold off on the capsize drills until Wednesday of a five day program. Then we spend the rest of Wednesday, Thursday and Friday telling the kids not to flip over anymore, because they love to do that.

We do the capsizing in a real controlled environment right off our dock. We actually even have a line tied to the boat and there is an instructor out there for them.


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