Thanks for the replies.
Getting experience is all I want. I dont know how else everyone else has done it. The original reason for my post was how long does it take to be employed. I wasn't claiming to own the scene in 3 months because I would have such and such course done, but I understand your responses. It is the same in other things, like surfing. If for example someone new proudly claims to have surfed some semi-secret wave that I have myself given so much in for years and years, I tend to somehow wanna let them know their place loud and clear. Just looking for hints because I am a starter and curious. Who isn't at one point. I am interested in the advice and reality checks. When I entered my first massage class, I didnt know sh»*t. Some time later I was doing well with it and enjoyed it a lot.
I am aware of many realities of this subject. I have been awfully seasick, and I have had amazing trips in big seas, just not on sailboats yet. I love the ocean. Who knows, maybe I'll hate sailing? That would surprise and sadden me, but I dont think so..I actually have had some sailing done at summer camp in lasers when younger and remember the rush and fullfillment. And it has been 16 years that I have waited to do this. Instead I travelled by plane, always thinking about it, feeling guilty. Now is the time!
I planned to go to the California
Sailing academy in November for 4 levels of sailing instruction, including a lot of water
time. There certainly is navigation learning
throughout. I am in touch with the people there and it seems like a good place. From there I will see what other important introductory courses I need to take. Not just to put the chances on my side, but to actually learn. I give myself the whole winter (November - April) to find my way on boats of all kinds, wherever that will be, the local club or some remote
location for what I will see as opportunity to expose myself to sailing. I expect to have to share costs. I expect to sleep less and work hard long hours, no pay. Of course.
Powerboats are also of interest. So, exposing myself to all kinds of embarcations, conditions, locations and people are what im available for now.