Location is of secondary importance, but some warm, sunny climate - Caribbean - would be nice, and ASA114 is a requirement.If you are requesting input, a location might be of great help, also a google search can yield some help as well. /forums/images/SailNet_Toucan/smilies/tango_face_wink.png
I agree with “should play no role” but, all to often, that’s not the way things actually happen.With all due respect.... this is a BS request. Gender should play no role in an educator... sailing, sewing or science. It should play no role for the student.
Having seen too much of it, this is a standard talking point of neo-reactonaries in the "sexism/racism/whatever doesn't exist anymore" camp. In their mind if there's a club/event/class for girls it's silly (or reverse sexism), because "gender shouldn't matter". Anyone who knows girls in male-dominated fields knows that this is of course nonsense. But the culture can be hard to notice if you're male and don't know what to look for (or don't want to..)I agree with “should play no role” but, all to often, that’s not the way things actually happen.
I don’t agree that this is a “BS request” for a woman to make. If a female student ismore comfortable with a female sailing instructor, that is her prerogative.
I don't know what sort of people sailing instructors are these days. When I took the Steve Colgate class the teacher was a perfect gentleman and this was not even an issue. I took the course with my wife back in 1985.SanderO, you're totally right, and also totally wrong (IMO).
While it's true that gender should play no role, it's also the case that many sailing instructors are not properly equipped with the right emotional, cultural, and pedagogical tools to instruct people who come from a significantly different cultural background than they do. (In other words, many sailing instructors are sexist, racist jerks.)
It is, given the state of sailing culture, extremely unlikely that a woman would become a sailing instructor without developing the tools to handle folks of backgrounds different than her own, and thus should be better equipped. It's an unfortunate request, but also sadly not BS.
I'd suggest that sailing schools that employ women and non-white folks might be better places to learn than ones that are homogenous.
No it shouldn't.With all due respect.... this is a BS request. Gender should play no role in an educator... sailing, sewing or science. It should play no role for the student.