For Dingy training.
We have about 15-25 dingies out on the water during training. We do not have 15-25 instructors to put onboard these boats. So they use RIBS and go from one boat to the other for coaching
These RIBS are also a safety
factor for the students who might need quick help or even rescue
Easy to understand no?
For cruising training we use bigger 29-35 footers. We have an instructor onboard the boat with 4 students.
Even if I'm with students on a keel
boat I do not sail the boat. Students pay to learn how to sail so they take charge of the boat the minute they step on it.
I Always ask who has never steered a boat and I Always choose the least experienced crew to pull out of dock and head
I stand close by just in case I need to take control but if all is going well I never sail the boat.
Sometimes a student will ask me to demonstrate Something but I always try and explain and have them do it themselves.
Keep in mind that students pay a lot of money
for training and Learning
. Not to be given a ride by an instructor.
I Don't really understand the parralle with the dentist with bad teeth. Nor do I care.
hard and have worked hard to demonstrate my competence to my certification
standards. In my case CYA and IYT. They have tested me with theoric exams and practical tests on the water. Every year I have to go out and sail to demonstrate my capabilities, I have to undergo medical
exams and pay some fees
just to retain my certifications. All this to teach because I love sailing. I get paid almost next to Nothing for teaching. I do it for passion not for money
You might be an awsome sailor with the best knowledge out there. BUT are you a good teacher?
I have seen super competent sailors be the worst teachers ever.
Has for paying or not for Learning...thats a personal choice.
It might or might not work for you. But to say that you did not need it then nobody should need it is very nearsighted in my opinion.
Some people need to have structure and reassurance to learn..
If you do not need it , just Don't come to my school
Training is not mandatory.
We train around 400-600 kids
and Young adults on dinghies each year and about 500 adults per season on cruising keelboats.
Thats is not counting all the pratice sessions some students sign up for after certificatio.
Some want to practice docking
, others want to practice jybes, tacks, etc.
We even have an all girl regatta
. Last year over 185 women raced on 38 boats . No men allowed. Many of these women were students of our school
During that regatta
I am on a big rib on standy for assitance in case of accidents.