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Old 05-19-2006
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6 Year Olds and Sailing Lesson

Hi

I have a question regarding allowing non-swimming 6 year olds to take sailing lessons. My children's grandparents (mother's side) are avid sailors and have decidied to sign my children up for sailing lessons this summer. I am not a sailor and don't know much about the sport.

I am concerned that allowing children who have basically zero swimming or treading water ability (they will literally sink like rocks without a life jacket) anywhere around a sailboat by themselves seems like a really bad idea. From looking at the website where they are taking lessons http://www.rvyc.bc.ca/index.php?cont...ng_Program.php there doesn't seem to be any swimming requirements. I find this really surprising.

However their mother and the sailing grandparents don't seem to agree with my concerns at all. Am I being irrational and are sailing lessons for non-swimmers children acceptable?

Thank you very much for your advice.
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