The Verband Deutscher Sportbootschulen e.V. (VDS) aims to ensure the quality of training in water sports or sports boat schools and to create a good basis for teaching beginners to enjoy and feel safe in their water sports. This is also the aim of boot Düsseldorf. The cooperation will make beginner content available to those interested in various water sports. Beginners can also try out new sports at boot.
Sailing offers many valuable experiences and learning opportunities for children that go beyond sailing itself. Here are some reasons why sailing can be so valuable for children.
Fostering a sense of responsibility and decision-making: Sailing requires children to take responsibility for themselves and their surroundings. They learn to make decisions and take responsibility for their actions. This can help them build their self-confidence and improve their decision-making skills.
Improving physical skills: Sailing is a sporting hobby that requires physical fitness. Children who sail can improve their endurance, strength and coordination.
Developing teamwork skills: Sailing allows children to work in teams to steer and navigate the boat. They learn the importance of working well with others and how to divide tasks among themselves.
Expanding knowledge about nature and science: when sailing, children learn a lot about wind, water and weather. They can also learn about physics and math as they navigate the boat.
Improving problem-solving skills: Sailing can present unexpected challenges such as gusts of wind or currents. Children learn how to quickly respond to and manage such situations.
Promoting determination and perseverance: Sailing can be challenging, especially for beginners. Children learn that perseverance and determination are important to achieve their goals.
Relaxation and nature experience: Sailing can also be a way for children to relieve stress and relax. They can enjoy nature and take a break from everyday life.
Questions and answers about the children's sailing sport
At what age should children learn to sail in dinghies?
Children aged 6 - 11 years learn sailing best in the Optimist dinghy.
Why should children learn to sail in the Optimist dinghy?
The Opti is the perfect beginner boat, but has even been recognized as an international boat class since 1972. In the Opti, children learn very quickly and easily how to steer a sailboat safely and adjust the sail correctly to the wind.
How many people sail the Opti?
The Opti is normally sailed by one child, but in some courses it can also be sailed by two children.
How long does a course at the VDS take and how much does it cost?
For an Opti course at a VDS school you should plan about one week and the cost for the course is about 350,00 EUR for one week.
What equipment is needed for the course?
Children should bring comfortable clothes for any weather (sports shoes, sunscreen and a cap for short clothing, rainwear) for a course. A life jacket or life jacket will be given to the children at the school.
Do the children get a certificate after the course?
After completing the Opti course, the children take a child-friendly exam in theory and in practice and then receive the sailing junior basic certificate. Afterwards, the children can further develop their knowledge and skills in additional Opti courses and obtain the VDS sailing junior performance certificate.
What do the children learn in the courses for the junior sailing certificate?
In the courses for the junior sailing certificate, the children learn the perfect sail and centerboard trim for the Opti, faster maneuvers (roll tack, roll jibe) and regatta courses and regatta rules.
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