I know that I have been writing about this topic on Instagram earlier, and that I have mentioned it here on the blog as well, but I figured I would make it into its own blog post since sail training can provide several positive effects and experiences that you might have the use for later in life. I have learned quite a lot from my voyages, and I am already starting to look forward to my next voyage, in which will be in July. Being at sea is challenging, but it also is a LOT OF FUN!
Here are some of the many benefits of sailing and sail training:
1. Physical Fitness
The constant task of pulling and hoisting a sail to keep the boat in the right track strengthens and builds muscles of the upper and lower extremities, trunk and abdomen. Agility, flexibility and endurance of the body needed to meet the demands of sailing activities are developed and enhanced.
2. Physiological Effect
The saltiness of air is comprised of charged ions which promote oxygen absorption in the body, thereby producing a more balanced serotonin levels. The more balanced the serotonin levels in the body are, the greater the sense of happiness.
The sound of the wind and waves, splashing water, the movement of the boat, and the feel of breeze on your face stimulate the brain wave patterns in ways that promote a relaxing and calming effect to a person. The body and mind are alleviated from stresses and anxiety as one becomes relaxed and focuses on the fun and exciting tasks.
4. Boosts Communication Skills
While sailing on a ship, it is vital for the team and captain to work together and with perfect coordination. In order to achieve this, they need to build on their communication as well as non-verbal skills (in which you will get to experience every day during the voyage)
5. Improved Organizational Skills
When you are on a ship, tall or small, it demands everything to be kept in the right order. Eventually, you adapt this skill and implement in your daily routine. You will be more inclined towards performing activities in the right manner.
It’s a sailor’s life for me!⛵️