Nukids, what part of the world is your home? There are many ways to learn enough about sailing to become more safe and confident, and some of them can be started on before you take possession of your boat
. For example, in New Mexico
we teach a one-day boating safety
basics class at the State Parks that's free. It's not sailing specific, but it does cover laws, equipment
basics, and how to avoid and respond to common emergencies. Did I mention that it's free?
And, just hanging around with sailors, volunteering to crew or help with events
, hanging out at regattas, reading books
, watching videos, and bugging people are all great, especially if you intersperse the theory with practice -- even a tiny dinghy
can cheaply teach you tons about sailing -- and mistakes
on a dinghy
are usually cheap
Could you describe what drew you to sailing and to buying
and what sort of sailing dreams you have or experiences for which you are looking? This will be a big help to any instructor or mentor; to customize your learning
he or she will want to know where you are and where you want to be.
Desert Sea - New Mexico and Southwestern Sailing