How to Start Sailing

How to Start Sailing

Sailing has always been thought of as a sport for the rich, and if you don’t have a brand new yacht or sailboat then it isn’t for you.  That really isn’t the case, it is just like any other sport or activity and all you really need is an interest in learning how to sail.  If you are wondering exactly how to start sailing, sailing lessons are the first thing you need to do.  Here are some of the things that you can expect during the first couple of lessons.

  1. The first thing you’re going to learn are the basic skills of sailing including basic safety, how to handle the boat along with what equipment you are going to need to have onboard before you head out.  Here is a look at some basics.
  2. You are going to learn some pretty extensive water safety training. This is more than what you would learn to go surfing, you need to learn what to do if the boat capsizes.  You will need to learn first aid along with how you survive falling into cold waters.  The instructor will include how to tread water, getting out from under a capsized boat and how to put on your life jacket while in the water.
  3. Don’t expect to learn on a yacht rather you will start out using a dinghy. A dinghy is a smaller and lighter boat that tips over easily but it’s a fairly simple process to drain the water and put them right in the water.  You can navigate a dinghy in a decent sized swimming pool and it is a great way to learn how to balance on a boat.
  4. Expect the weather to not cooperate with your plans. Sailing in open water is different than standing on shore, it is always at least a couple of degrees cooler so wear some layers even in the heat of summer.  You are also going to need the right shoes, ones that won’t slip or leave a mark on the deck.
  5. Sea sickness is a real thing and it can happen to you. If you are already prone to car sickness or if you have been on a boat before and gotten sea sick then expect it to happen again.  There are tons of medications available that can help ward of motion sickness and make sure you are well rested and have plenty of water.
  6. Sailing is really that difficult but it takes years of experience to become a master sailor. You can fully expect to be bad at it your first time out but don’t let that stop you from enjoying your time in the open water and catching some incredible scenery.

 

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