My mileage varied...
Back when I had a real job (IT), which was very intense, I used sailing to clear my head
. Hung out at a sailing school
owned by a friend when I had the time (80+ hour work
weeks were my norm). He kept after me to become an instructor, but I wasnt interested in turning my escape into work
Then I had the opportunity to teach some professional technical classes
and really enjoyed it. So, reconsidered and became a sailing instructor. That decision has offered me many great sailing opportunities, on many different boats, in many different venues.
Ive gotten paid to go sailing on all 3 USA coasts (E, W, and S), various E Carib venues, Belize
For me, the relatively small investment of time and money
to become an instructor (and later an Instructor Evaluator) has paid great dividends, both financially and, more importantly, in sailing experiences.
Case in point, I ran an IQC (Instructor Qualification Clinic) in Belize
last year. For some of the small boat
work, we used a traditional Belizean fishing
vessel. Sailing one of these had been on my to do list for years. The rest of the clinic we completed while cruising around Belize on a Leopard
38. Sure beats a week in an office somewhere. Great fun and I made a little pocket change too.