It is a tempting decision to make when you have already prepped for taking up sailing. All things are sorted out and you just need to learn this thing. You want to get started soon and get into the waters on your own, maybe, not entirely, but with a couple of friends. So, the big question here is: which is the best and quickest way to learn?
If all ways were as quick as they seem. It is easier to get a license to sail with some online tests and prep classes online, but practicals are always important. And, there can be nothing more interesting than a sailing holiday. I’d definitely like one.
Learning to sail
The act itself is rewarding. Learning to sail can be intense, relaxing and tiring at the same time. It is definitely an active sport, if you may call so. You need a lot of energy. When on a holiday with your family, following the orders and learning to help is the best way to get hands-on training. You must be observant and not mere do stuff because you are asked to. Looking, analyzing and understanding helps more than reading and watching online tutorials.
Yes, today online tutorials are more practical and oriented towards users in ever friendly manner.
To be competent at sea
It is not a joke to go sailing on your own. If you want to enjoy a holiday on a weekend sailing to your favorite spot in the seas, you have to do a lot of work before that. A hefty job is at hand, and you need somebody to teach all the basics. On top of that, tips are gorgeous. They are life-saving that theory can sometimes skip.
So, sailing courses that offer a wide range of practical and scenario related drills, theory, and training with actual seas and boats should be preferred. If it were not easy to learn, they would not teach. So, trust yourself that learning all of it not that impossible. It is very much possible and with time you will become an expert skipper at sea.
There are jobs in this area. Many companies will ask for a “Day Skipper” qualification if you are wishing to be skipper of your own boat. This is surely needed before they hand over their boat to you for your sailing holiday. You will also need some yachting experience before you can head into the waters. It is not that easy but things always need active learning spirit if you wish to become an expert. And, experience makes them for concrete. It is not just safe for their property but also for you.
Learning the ropes might take you almost a week or more. Then, you can start to handle the yacht on your own. It requires practice as mentioned time and again. Many sailing packages will include all this right away. There are packages where you get training on board as well directly. So, take advantage of the combined learning, because that is more effective than sitting at home and watching online videos.