Sailing Courses: Practical and Theory

When learning how to sail, it is important to know what level of experience you are in and as to which fitting course you need to enroll at. This helps you avoid and encounter repetitive lectures which may eventually lead to disinterest and boredom.

If you are entirely new to sailing though, it is important to learn in an orderly curriculum. That is, theory first, practical sailing next.  This format or arrangement makes it easier for a newbie to get to know sailing and understand it better.  A sailing school or any establishment that offer sailing lessons commonly have both theory and practical sailing courses, and even suggests taking both.

To practice without theory is basically risking sailing on uncharted waters. Although the sea may seem calm and serene it can also be incredibly tyrant and cruel.  It is best to go through a comprehensive reference or study on sailing and get familiar with sailing information, tips, techniques, tactics and etc.  Basic sailing instructions like prepping up your vessels and sails, going about the yacht, pole positioning, catching the wind, remembering safety procedures and etc need to be introduced to the aspiring sailor to be able correctly do what needs to be done and minimize trial and error with just the basic sailing to dos.

After going through your theory sailing lessons, you need to apply what you’ve learned. Because of course, there is always more to theory.  Many sailing lessons that are learned through practice can never be acquired through your material references.   If you do not get into the waters and put into application what you have learned in sailing theory class, no book will be able to assist or guide you into becoming a good sailor or better yet a yachtmaster.

Just like every other lesson, the course or degree is always best and preferred to go through both styles of learning in order to get the most out of what you are trying to learn, achieve or become at the same time.

If you are concerned of how a sailing lesson is delivered, illustrated or how it is formatted for learning. There are many different types of long or short courses to suit your needs of wanting a user friendly way to learn sailing.  There is the VHF Course – covers safety systems, RYA Day Skipper / Day Skipper Theory – covers terminologies, seamanship and etc.  These are just a few of the courses offered by sailing schools to help you become a competent crew and a great sailor.

RYA sailing course is an internationally recognized scheme that is relatively easy to follow and learn from. In addition to presenting an easy course format, RYA lessons are available for all levels of sailing experience.

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