For some, the most important aspect is acclimation to the motion of the water
, when it comes to sailing and boating
in general. If you take the advise to go out in rough water to test it out, you might find you or your wife end up not likely the experience.
I learned, when taking motorcycle lessons, that the body learns even when you are not performing the action. For example, in motorcycle lessons, you spend an amount of time driving around cones to learn slow speed manoeuvring. When I did it on the first Saturday, I truly sucked; but on the second Saturday, I was just fine. The instructor said this was normal as the body learned, even though it was away from the action.
The same with the ocean. I have done a great deal of sailing but all of it about 25 years ago. When I boat my boat about 2 years ago, the first thing I noticed was the feeling of vertigo when I walked on the pier for the first time. I remember thinking: "oh crap, if I'm feeling the motion already and I'm not on the boat; I'm in real trouble." I was in the Canadian Navy
and I learned that the body does adapt to the motion of the sea, sometimes the worse being when you come back onto land and the land won't stop bouncing around.
I find for me that after I have been on the water fifteen to twenty five times, my body has adapted; now I don't notice the pier action at all when I go to my boat. Two days ago I was out in weather
that was quite choppy and I was motoring (main in for repair); two years ago I would have been definitely feeling the action of the water as I stood below by the companion way (it was raining, let the newbies stand in the rain thinking it is great).
So take your lessons, but somehow get on the water a lot, the both of you. It doesn't have to be anything profound, even sitting on a boat tied up and barbecuing counts.
My wife gets sea sick easily so she was nervous when I got the boat. I have taken baby steps with her. We started out with barbeque's on the boat at the pier, not going any where. Then some trips on dead calm, flat seas over to Bowen Island. Then I stepped up the boating
trips to "small chop" conditions, etc. Remember the bodies learns even though you are away from water; just like in the motorcycle lessons I took.
So if you go out in some rough weather
, you will probably be much sicker than if you had thirty "trips" on the water under your belt. If you and your wife can volunteer to crew on some races (not all guys are testosterone driven, some just race
to be out there) to get use to sailing and being on the water, this would be ideal.
So early on you not only want to get your skills necessary, but your sea legs as well.