6 reasons why learning to sail should be on your bucket list

November 3, 2015

Have you always fantasized about taking to the high seas, but determined that it was too luxurious of an activity? If so, it may be time for a change in direction. Here are six reasons to try sailing:

6 reasons why learning to sail should be on your bucket list

1. You can see the world

Sailing is popular all over the world.

  • Whether you sail in a lake in your own hometown or venture across the ocean to parts unknown, sailing offers new and exciting views of the world around you. Think of sailing lessons as an investment in future travels.

2. It's a sport and a way of life

Sailing is an active sport. You're not kicking back with a beverage while the motor does the work.

  • Rather, sailing is a physically demanding, hands on adventure that requires skill, agility, core strength, balance, and knowledge of the world around you.
  • That's not to say sailing isn't relaxing. There's nothing quite like the calm of a day spent on serene seas. And isn't every experience more pleasurable after a bit of strenuous labour?

3. Fresh air does the body good

The benefits of spending time outdoors are profound.

  • Unfortunately, very few Canadians get enough vitamin D in their everyday lives, which can lead to a multitude of health problems, from weight gain to a decline in immune function.
  • Sailing offers plenty of chances to soak in the sun's vital rays. Just be sure to wear sunblock, as water reflects the sun's rays and increases your exposure to UV radiation.

4. It's fulfilling

Sailing is an art form which takes time to learn. The more challenging something is, the more potential it has to fulfil when ultimately mastered.

  • Sailors feel a sense of accomplishment after a day on the water. There are also plenty of opportunities for learning and growth along the way on a broad range of subjects, such as physics, geography, and the environment.

5. Entertainment matters

Any sailboat owner will tell you there's no better place to host a summer soiree than aboard a boat.

  • After taking lessons and becoming comfortable with the ins and outs of sailing, many people go on to buy boats of their own. Whether your excursions are solo or with friends and family, this form of entertainment is much more satisfying than sitting around on the sofa watching television.

6. It's a lifelong hobby

People can and do sail at nearly any age -- from childhood through the golden years.

  • The love of sailing spans generations and can help bring family and friends together. Lifelong sailors can pass on knowledge of the craft to their own kids and grand kids.

Whether you're 8 or 80, sailing can be enjoyed either as a leisurely pastime or a competitive sport. While the idea of sailing may feel like uncharted territory, lessons can help you navigate these new and exciting waters.

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