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post #166 of Old 09-04-2013
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Re: Is Sailing Sexist?

I've taught plenty of husband/wife teams. It is important to understand the dynamic of the team when providing this instruction. Is the wife there to learn to be proficient in her own right or is she there because she wants primarily to be an assistant to her husband? Or is she there simply to placate her husband and would never have taken the class without his insistenence. By learning together as a team (especially on their own boat), they have the chance to develop cooperative strategies while under the supervision of the instructor. If the instructor understands the dynamic of the couple and their objectives (both individual and as a team), then the instructor can tailor the instructional approach accordingly

These roles can be reversed. Once, I had a couple and he was there at the behest of his wife instead of the other way around.

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