Summer is a good time for kids to pick up sailing skills. However, many sailing clubs promote more than sailing and have unique summer programs designed for beginners. Sailing is a sport that some kids take to readily while others are more hesitant. There is a mix of science, fun, skills and safety requirements that can help in developing children’s different abilities and have fun in the outdoors.
The start is with simple challenges as kids are made to build boats from recycled materials; the importance of displacement is also taught to them. They learn how the size of a boat and how big it is related to its floatation properties. At Mystic Seaport they are taught about different hulls and their shapes, what they are used for. The physics of a boat and its shape importance are discussed with them. After that the components and structure aspects are discussed; the children would then work on different boat pieces till they form a boat that will accommodate one of them.
The kids will have fun while they are not sailing and learn about boat building as well as interact and build with others.