Over the past week I have been running a sailing course for young people through my local club. Focusing on giving skills and passing on what Australian's call 'The Knack'. The how to, the get the job done; and the, make do with the best we have.
Delaying the start date helped secure calm conditions and bright blue skies for the beginners to conduct exercises rather than read books. As Australia declines in reading and experimenting with what ideas they find, it is important to get the kids to learn through firsthand experience. By learning how to forecast the weather, rescue a man overboard under sail, self-rescue and recover an overturned boat, drive and use a rescue boat, and what they need to know in order to tow their boat back to shore. Of course last but not least, sail through the vast blue lakes and seas around Australia.
These tiny people make the learning boats look really big. However, the learners we have had participate will go on to be state and national champions, with the skills they have learned. Sailing is a sport with prestige and has a lot of respect in our community. By running this free event over the past few days, I am happy that I will see this sport grow in our region.