Youth sailing at IYC is focussed on participation. While many sailors enjoy the challenge of competitive racing, many come down to the club just to share the social scene with friends and get away from technology, TV and shopping malls.

Youth sailing is a challenging and rewarding experience that will increase self-awareness, build self-confidence, develop a sense of responsibility, an appreciation for the environment, and respect for nature.

The coaches in our learn to sail programs takes youth through various courses, each build on the other, until they are confident and skilled to navigate their dinghy around a course safely.
Sailing courses build many different characteristics in young sailors and some of the more profound are:
  • Teamwork: Sailors have to learn to help each other on and off the water. On the water safety is paramount and one of the important founding rules of sailing.
  • Self confidence and esteem: Sailing coaches work closely with learn to sail students to overcome one obstacle at a time. There are aspects of sailing that are daunting, such as capsizing, and overcoming these challenges builds confidence to know they can overcome obstacles with planning and preparation.
  • Awareness: Knowing what your limitations are, how to overcome them, and awareness of the world around you is key to safe and enjoyable sailing. Wind is invisible, but yet you can see evidence with the trees, ripples on the water, and feel it on your skin.
  • Work ethic: Sailing requires physical and mental work ethic. The more you put in the more enjoyable sailing becomes and quickly sailors gain confidence. The greater the work ethic, the quicker mastery of sailing develops and rewards reaped.
  • Learning to learn quickly: Sailing coaches will also make learners aware of the subtleties of how a boat responds to wind, water (tidal flows), and effects of body movement. A young sailor will learn that nature is unforgiving and learning to become sensitive to the surrounding environment is important part of learning to self-learn.
Give us a call, our contact details are on the Contact Us page. Fergie Sailing Academy runs a fantastic learn to sail course and has a schools program for coaching during the week after school, or on weekends.
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