“Learning to sail together can save your marriage”.
We don't think so, but it can be a lot of fun doing something as exciting as sailing together- an art, science, sport and lifestyle that many couples enjoy for a lifetime.
There is absolutely nothing only "male" about sailing. Women can and should be as skilled in steering, docking, navigating and MOB drills as men.
One scenario we see often both here on the coast and the Great Lakes, is the man has more sailing experience and knowledge than the woman. He typically navigates, steers and does the docking while she handles the lines. Both may know their jobs but if the man goes overboard or gets hurt or sick, the woman can't bring the boat back to the dock and often ends up stressed or the target of unpleasant yelling.
Smart men take sailing lessons with their wives (or significant others) because the ASA certification process ensures that they will share a common sailing vocabulary and learn all the necessary skills to be competent and confident sailors. Both understand their mutual sailing abilities, attitudes toward safety and what constitutes a full day of cruising. Better communication will increase the pleasure factor for both parties and is the first step in building the kind of partnership that endures for a lifetime.
From our experience, once the couple's sailing lessons are completed, the men readily admit they have learned a lot more about sailing knowledge, seamanship, boat handling skills "and" their new First Mate!
Women feel the confidence that comes with sailing competence, achieved by mastering the important skills presented in their courses.
Couples come to the Vancouver Sailing Club to become better prepared to sail and cruise together with proven skills and earned confidence.