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post #4 of Old 08-15-2013
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One other thing, the school we chose had a "no yelling" policy. This was invaluable for calming my wife's worries and keeping our instruction less stressful. My background tends to make me more used to getting yelled at, my wife - not so much. And to be truthful, I very much appreciated the no yelling policy too. Our instructor was 110% upbeat, calm, and encouraging. I asked him how he stayed so level headed with students at the helm of his boat. His reply - "Part of my job is making sure I never put you in a situation that I don't feel confident that you are fully capable of handling. You might feel unsure in your ability when you try something the first time, but I make sure you have learned the skills needed before I introduce something new. I'll slow down if I ever feel you aren't fully getting it."

This stuck with us, and eased our anxiety and fears of messing up. In hindsight, finding the right instructor seems super important.

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It's later than you think.

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