Learn to Sail at the Muscle Shoals Sailing Club

EDITOR’S NOTE: Welcome to our new series, Offbeat Hobbies! We want to feature kids and organizations that participate in activities beyond the ball and ballet shoes. Every month you’ll find out more about each activity and how your kid can get involved locally if their interest is sparked!  

As a child with tremendous wanderlust tendencies, sailing away on a boat to parts unknown held my imagination. I remember seeing pictures of sailboats as a child propelling itself using two of the basic elements of wind and water to escape another, earth. Have I romanticized sailing enough yet? Well you can try it and see for yourself with an upcoming sailing seminar.

Sailing is great way for children to gain independence and learn how to make quick decisions. It’s a sport where the wind and water are constantly changing and you never know what Mother Nature can hand to you, so each time is a different challenge. It’s a great outdoor hobby parents can do with their kid.

But Don’t I Need a Boat?

Sailing is also much more accessible sport than people think with sailing clubs like the Muscle Shoals Sailing Club which is full of experienced sailors who want nothing more than to pass on their knowledge to the next generation. No boat? No problem. The club has boats for its members to use as well as members always looking for someone to go sailing with them on their boat.

Learn to Sail Seminar

In this annual class you will learn parts of the boat as well as sailing terminology. You and your child will learn the science behind how a boat sail works and some basic rules of the waterway, plus what to do in some nautical emergencies. Best yet, you will get some time on a boat with an experienced skipper and put the skills that you learn in the class to the test.


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Learning some boat safety during the sailing class.

This seminar is designed for anyone interested in experience the joy of sailing and learning basic sailing skills. All you have to do is print out this application to register in advance.

2017 Dates: June 3rd & 4th | June 10th & 11th
Time: 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM Each Day
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– Attend either weekend or both weekends for more fun and to gain more knowledge.

Cost:
$60 per student for both weekends
$50 per student for one weekend
$20 discount for each additional family member

What to Bring to the Seminar

Lifejacket, water, hat, sunglasses, sunscreen, and lunch. Also please wear non-marking shoes as you will be sailing on club member boats. Bring a towel and a change of clothes, because you know… water. The club has very nice facilities right on Lake Wilson with large clean bathrooms and showers available.


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Sailing Seminar Requirements

Must be at least 8 years old to attend. Children under the age of 12 must be accompanied by an adult. Space is limited, so please register early. Call for more information: Willson Jenkins 256-710-0135 or email: rwjenkins@comcast.net.

Sunset at the Sailing Club is pretty amazing.

One final note as I close the first of several spots RCM is doing in the coming months about out-of-the-ordinary hobbies and past times. Children need our guidance and encouragement. A lot of kids if given the choice will choose to stay home or not venture too far out of their comfort zone. If you, the parent, come across an activity that you think would interest your child and you honestly know that it is completely within their ability, then you should enroll them. Removing choice from the equation can sometimes be the best thing for you and your child. Of course, don’t force them to do something they are afraid of, but a little prod from a parent can make the most indifferent kid discover a new skill or strength they never knew they had.

Most importantly remember to have fun!


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Muscle Shoals Sailing Club Details

Members can participate in camping, canoeing, kayaking, and of course… SAILING at the club facilities. All non-motor boat activities welcome.
Where: 1275 County Rd 411, Killen, AL 35645 (map)
Phone: 256-710-0135, Willson Jenkins
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