Sailing & Outdoor Education

Sailing is a diverse and stimulating sport that provides endless opportunities for students to broaden their minds and extend their horizons.  The basics can be acquired in a day or two, but some skills can take years to master, and even the best sailors will tell you that they learn something new every time they go afloat.

Whether racing round a course, planning a cruise to a remote beach, or just heading out to hone their skills, students are provided with endless opportunities to stretch themselves, learning to operate in a dynamic and ever-changing environment – the sea – where every moment presents a new challenge.

The nature of the sport ensures that students must acquire both the practical skills of boat handling and a deepened understanding of the forces at work in their new environment in order to be successful.  Thus they gain hands-on experience of science in action, helping to bring classroom lessons to life.

So much of sailing is also about teamwork.  Students must work together in order to keep the boat balanced, on course and sailing efficiently.  Good communication is essential, as is the ability to anticipate and prepare for what is ahead.  At some stage each student must also take the helm and direct the group, allowing every member of the team to experience the unique challenges of leadership.

Whether you’re looking to organise a one-off event, or seeking to incorporate a new sport into the curriculum, at Topper Sail Phuket we have what you need.  As the only RYA Dinghy Sailing School in Thailand (we believe in Asia) we place a high value on quality tuition, high safety standards, and enjoyment, ensuring that your students get the most out of their experience and will want to come back again and again.

Key Skills Developed

  • Teamwork
  • Leadership
  • Communication
  • Decision-making
  • Perseverance

Sailing and the School Curriculum

By its very nature, sailing helps to foster an awareness both of the natural world and of the physical forces involved in getting your boat from A to B.  Learning to sail can bridge the gap between theoretical knowledge and practical understanding, making it an ideal means of reinforcing classroom study.

Topics specifically relevant to sailing include:

   Geography and natural science: how local and global weather works; the causes and effects of tides; coastal erosion; marine species’ habitats, behaviour and characteristics; human effects on the natural world and the importance of conservation

–      Physics: buoyancy and boat stability; aerodynamics – how a sail works; speed/distance/time calculations

–      Mathematics: vectors – ‘true’ vs ‘apparent’ wind; trigonometry – ‘velocity made good’; tidal height calculations and the rule of twelfths