Your Marine Heads Professionals Suggest That Sailing Can Be a Positive Influence In Your Child’s Life
Raritan Engineering Company your marine headsÂ analysts would like to share with you these topics we thought would be of interest to you this month regarding how sailing can enrich the lives of our youth.
Your marine heads experts know that Sir Russell Coutts, chief executive officer of the America’s Cup, and the most successful sailor in America’s Cup history, has a personal passion for the AC Endeavour Programme. Here he tells why in The Royal Gazette:
Sailing has always been a very important part of my life and my inspiration for many years. Sailing has the power to inspire, to educate and motivate kids in a very powerful way and introducing youth to sailing in a place like Bermuda is a project that I personally thought was an incredible opportunity, one we could not miss.
The core of the AC Endeavour Programme is the STEAM curriculum, using sailing as a backdrop to help bring to life core learning’s in subjects such as science, technology, engineering, art and maths, providing education in a unique, engaging way.
Basically the AC Endeavour Programme teaches young people in a way that makes learning fun and exciting.
In many ways sailing is an ideal sport to explore each of these subjects and learn the basic principles of physics, geometry, and maths very naturally.Â
In addition, AC Endeavour has a strong environmental element. It teaches the impact of marine debris, the problems of plastics in the ocean and how plastics get into the food chain, and it does all that with these young students looking through the lens of environmental responsibility via very cool America’s Cup images and technology.
Teamwork is a core element of sailing and the AC Endeavour students learn about that and leadership, they see the value of good communication skills and perhaps most powerful of all, how they learn to integrate with each other and discover things for themselves.Â
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Since we started we’ve had more than 1,200 kids between the ages of nine and 12 go through one of the AC Endeavour Programmes here in Bermuda.Â
1. Self-Confidence. There is simply nothing like being able to pilot your own craft at the age of 9 years old. Riding a bike is one thing. Skillfully steering and docking a sailboat is quite another.Â
2. Spatial awareness. When kids learn how to navigate a boat through narrow spaces and tight turns â how to avoid collisions, coast to a dock with finesse, or squeeze into a packed starting line at a regatta â they develop a spatial awareness that will bring them prowess all activities that involve coordination. Like driving, for instance.
3. Sense of direction. When I was 10 years old, I would sail all week with my class, and then go out on weekends by myself. I would pack a lunch and take my Optimist out for a couple of hours to explore. I believe that it was on those trips that I began to develop a good sense of direction.Â
4. Weather knowledge. Do you know from which direction thunder storms normally come? Do you know what the water temperature normally is on Long Island Sound in May?Â
5. Shipshape habits. Sailing students learn how to properly rig and unrig a boat. Kids learn to put things away in the right place, and keep them tidy while on the water.Â
So if your kids haven’t tried sailing, have them give it a try.
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