Why Should Your Child Spend Time Sailing?
Sailing provides a wealth of experiences, positive friendships over a wide age range, and a close and cooperative relationship with nature. Sailing builds maturity and self-confidence. When a child learns to move an OPTI (small sailboat) in the direction they intend, they know they have accomplished it on their own. They are alone on the boat, making decisions that directly affect the success or failure of their efforts. They engage in these efforts in a safe, supportive, and beautiful environment. They make lifelong friends and learn to love an activity that will provide them with challenges for as long as they live.
Sailing can become much more that a sport, it often becomes a challenging and wholesome lifestyle. It is the nature of sailing that the greatest success occurs when the sailor is working most harmoniously with nature, not attempting to dominate it. There is a good lesson to be learned by that experience.
Finally, it is a sport that allows girls and boys a level playing field, with equal chances of success; thereby creating an environment of mutual respect and healthy competition. There might be nothing in the world that packs as many life lessons as sailing does. It teaches teamwork, engineering, history, patience, oceanography, ecology… all in one fell swoop.
"Safety, Fun, and Learning"
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