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SAILING: LIFE TIME BENEFITS FOR CHILDREN

08/06/2015,

I’m not afraid of storms, for I’m learning how to sail my ship” – Louisa May Alcott.

This summer our oldest son tried sailing. He is just 7 and did a 2 week optimist course and it has been one of his favorite summer experiences ever.

Just by looking at these pictures I know that he had such a great fun… but in addition sailing has also many lifetime benefits for children:

  • responsibility and respect for the environment.
  • weather knowledge: water temperature, direction of the thunderstorms, winds…
  • water safety: how to avoid collisions.
  • character education: sailing requires perseverance and following rules.
  • learn teamwork
  • self-esteem and confidence by piloting their own craft.
  • sense of direction: which direction they come from, picking out landmarks, knowing how to get back to the port…
  • spatial awareness: how to navigate through narrow spaces, how to cost a dock with finesse…
  • physical coordination
  • important habits: children learn how to keep their boat tidy, how to properly rig and unrig a boat,  how to put things away in the right place… (I wish they would also keep their playroom tidy!)

If your kids haven’t tried sailing, have them give it a try! They will love it!

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