Learning How To Sail Online

Learn how to sail online in this sailing course taught by a local Hobie Angler’s instructor.

It’s no mystery that we’re in the era of Me Too. People are stepping forward and telling their stories, with the ultimate goal of changing the way our society operates. If we continue to operate as a society where sexual predators are given the green light, our society’s impact on the female race will be dire. As a woman who has taken an interest in sailing, I’ve noticed the ever-increasing need to be physically equipped to maintain a healthy lifestyle, including physical exercise and strong nutrition. Unfortunately, I’ve seen women delay their sailing education until their reproductive age (often early 30s) because they didn’t want to appear unattractive while performing stunts or performing tricks for big money boats. I don’t understand why women don’t have the same level of ambition as their male counterparts, especially in our industry, as many of the largest female champion race crews are only entering their early 20s.

For every Samantha Peyton, there are a whole lot of boaters who struggle with mental and physical fitness, creating unnecessary stresses and forcing their partners to live a double life. Women do not enjoy the competitive aspect of sailing and thus are second-class citizens. They don’t always get the same opportunities to view the competition that men do, as well as being accepted into the sport due to their sex. One of the ways for women to help establish a presence is to learn new skills. The weather for the five-day MV Petite Round-the-World Sailing Championship in Gustavia, St. Martin starts this weekend, and many women will be at the dock learning how to sail.

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This course is a non-full-time job, and it is highly competitive to begin with. Each time a sailor gets a course permit, the $320 funding required increases. The new permit will likely increase due to new ships joining the fleet. For each event, the amount of additional funding required is lowered by $50 per event. If you have attained a permit, and want to take this online course, remember that some courses will take longer than others, and while some may take less time, time savings will not automatically translate into savings in your boat. With so many online courses and many subjects, it can be overwhelming. Visit www.sailingnonprofits.org to download your course materials and to see which courses are aligned with your needs. The website also offers private and corporate online learning. Your number one concern should be the level of comfort that you’ll have in each class. Begin by selecting two of the easiest course courses, which are the introductory courses. You’ll gain accreditation through Canadian Board Certification, which is important when competing for future funding or races against the larger fleets.

In order to complete each course, you must complete your subject and satisfactory online tests. After completing all the required courses, you will earn your degree from the Sail It Yourself (S.I.U.) Foundation in Water Safety and Maritime Safety as well as the Sailing Foundation for Excellence. Of course, you’ll need to qualify for legal crewing and specific license requirements such as Member Authority with the Canadian Club (MSA). You will also get private coaching by experienced professional female coaches. For more information, visit www.sailingnonprofits.org.

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