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Hi all, have a question you folk might be able to answer.

I'm 27 and about to finish my college education in business, funny thing is all I want is to learn more about the wider world. I have my pilot's license and was interested in sailing next.

What the best way for someone with zero experience to get free sailing training and possibly make a few subsistence bucks on the side?

Any thoughts would be greatly appreciated.
 

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Bubb2, thanks for your replies. I guess I should clarify a bit for best advice. I did pay for my education, working and going to school around that. I have several job opportunities but somehow being an analyst for a brokerage firm isnt exactly appealing to a guy like me. The work I currently do is mostly in the non profit sector, though the inefficiencies of such and the rock-headedness of people with causes but no plan has soured me on straight non profits.

With that said what i meant by subsistence was; is there a way to do some grunt work, such as bottom painting, or dockhand, that could pay for very basic cheap living costs on a coast while I hang about and try to volunteer on a crew to learn the ropes and maybe try and get some certs?

Thank you all for the replies, I'm an obvious newbie.

Severan
 

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Severan no need to justify yourself on wether you paid for your education or not, you asked for advice and most people have helped you out:D i agree that you should help out at a club for free lessons and advice.
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the only way i see you getting paid with zero experience is crewing. You dont need experience to crew on some boats. I met a girl from northern Canada who was vacationing in mexico, and when she was in La Paz, someone asked her to crew on their boat. she said yes and has been living on it ever since. The best way to learn is to find someone who really knows their stuff and start off with wind theory. points of sail. understand what you are dealing with before you get out in it.
i learned to sail when someone stuck me in a laser and said "go". i spend a lot of time in the water, needless to say. not the best way to learn, but a fast way to learn!
good luck. sailing is amazing and i encourage anyone and everyone to get into it.
 
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