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Re: Are sailing schools worth it?
A simple statement of fact.
Lots of people muddle by just fine without. Doesn't change the simple fact.
Old salts do not necessarily make good instructors.
Some of the best instructors are not necessarily the most experienced sailors.
Good instructors enjoy the subject they are instructing and enjoy passing the knowledge on. In addition to this they are patient while some student does not understand the topic right away. Willing to explain it again in a way the student can understand. To do this the instructor needs a thorough understanding of what they are teaching. And a clear understanding of what needs to be taught to explain the whole process. Which requires a carefully planned thorough lesson based on a well though out curriculum.
A good instructor will encourage you to ask questions, answer your questions clearly, fully, without making you feel foolish. And above all honestly. Especially if they don’t know the answer.
This applies to a lot more than just sailing.
The course is often only as good as the instructor.