3 Reasons You Should Learn To Sail On A Small Boat

Posted by on Jun 29, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 3 Reasons You Should Learn To Sail On A Small Boat

Being able to maneuver a boat through the open sea is a goal that many people share. Without proper training, sailing can quickly become a deadly activity. While it might seem easier to learn how to operate a larger vessel, there are some significant benefits to be had by learning to sail on a small boat. Here are three reasons to consider small-boat sailing lessons if you want to be a better captain in the future. 1. Small boats are more reactive to wave patterns. When sailing in a small vessel, the pattern of the ocean’s waves can more easily affect how your boat performs. By opting to start out your sailing experience with lessons on a small boat, you will be able to learn the effect varying wave patterns have on a boat. Feeling your small boat react to breaking inlets or large waves will allow you to better identify what a larger boat can or can’t handle as you negotiate open-sea sailing situations in the future. 2. Small boats require greater awareness of environmental conditions. Captaining a larger sailing vessel has its advantages when it comes to being able to rely on technology to chart your course. Since a large vessel is able to withstand more variance in environmental conditions (wind, wave patterns, etc.), learning to sail on a bigger ship can cause you to develop a lack of environmental awareness. You must remain constantly vigilant of your surroundings when sailing on a small boat, since any change could cause the boat to capsize. Honing your awareness of wind speed and direction, and wave direction and type on a small vessel will help you keep your head out of the cockpit in a larger vessel and reduce your reliance on electronic sailing devices. 3. Small boats allow you to learn to navigate into port without engine power. Many sailboat captains rely on their engines to help bring them into port, since docking a vessel using wind power alone can be incredibly challenging. Smaller vessels often aren’t equipped with engines, so you are forced to learn how to navigate close enough to port to be pushed in by your tender without the help of an engine. Developing this valuable skill can prove essential when you make the transition to sailing a larger vessel. Engines can (and do) fail, and being able to apply the wind-driven docking skills you learned on a small vessel to your larger ship could save you money on towing fees in the future. If you are thinking of learning to sail, be sure that you take the time to consider the benefits of learning on a smaller vessel, such as with Trillium Marine...

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3 Reasons You Shouldn’t Bring Your Golf Clubs On A Golf Vacation

Posted by on Apr 30, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 3 Reasons You Shouldn’t Bring Your Golf Clubs On A Golf Vacation

If you are preparing to head to a golf resort for an upcoming vacation, the first thing that you might be thinking about packing is your set of golf clubs. However, in many cases, it is best to leave them at home and rent at the golf course instead. If you still aren’t convinced, consider these three reasons to do so. 1. Save on Airfare Depending on which airline you are flying with and how big your golf bag is, you could wind up paying considerable baggage fees for bringing your clubs with you. In many cases, the savings of leaving them home over bringing them on the airplane can actually more than pay for the club rental when you get to the resort. Plus, you don’t want to have to worry about them getting lost, and you might not want to drag them through the airport when you’re catching flights, either. 2. Don’t Drag Yourself Down at the Resort Even though your main reason for traveling to a golf resort for your vacation might be because you want to golf, chances are good that there will be plenty of other things at the golf resort that might catch your eye. If you are dragging your clubs with you, you may find yourself bringing them into restaurants, spas or other places when you would rather not do so, or you might have to run back and forth to your room to put them away when you want to do other things. When you’re able to simply return the clubs to the rental shop at the golf course when you’re ready to do other things, you won’t have to worry about them weighing you down. 3. Use the Right Clubs for the Course Depending on where you are traveling to, you might find that the course is very different from what you’re playing on at home. There are even desert golf courses, sandy courses and other types. By renting when you get there, you can scope out the course and rent the right golf clubs for the course that you will be playing on. You may even have the chance to try out new types of clubs that you haven’t tried before. As you can see, it’s often a better idea to leave your golf clubs at home when you are on a golf vacation. Then, you’ll be able to enjoy these three perks while you’re traveling. Contact a club like Meadowlands Golf Club At Sylvan Lake Edmonton for more...

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A Few Things To Ask Before Making An Appointment To Skydive

Posted by on Mar 11, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on A Few Things To Ask Before Making An Appointment To Skydive

Some people will tell you that jumping out of a perfectly good airplane is a bit crazy. However, it can also be one of the most exhilarating things you will ever experience. If you are looking for a true thrill that is still safe, skydiving is one of the least dangerous activities you could choose. It is safer than riding motorcycles, hang-gliding, and canoeing, to name a few. If you have decided to give it a try, here are a few things you should ask the company who will be taking you up before you set up an appointment or head to the nearest drop zone. Restrictions Different skydiving companies are going to have different rules and restrictions about who can jump. If you have never taken a class or jumped before, you are probably going to be doing a tandem jump. While people under 18 years of age may be allowed to tandem jump if a parent signs a waiver, it is not common practice. In addition, since you will be attached to an experienced jumper, there will probably be a weight limit. This limit may be determined according to the person you will be jumping with; if you are jumping with a big, strong person, the weight limit may be a bit more than if you are going to be with someone smaller and not so strong. Backing Out While it might seem like a great idea when you are talking with your friends, once you get up in that plane it could be a different story. Of course no one can actually force you out of the plane, but you need to know if you will still have to pay for it if you decide not to jump. Some companies will reimburse and some will not. You may find that you will receive a portion of your money back if you get in the plane and then change your mind, and some will only give you a refund if you never leave the ground. Gear You will be given a set of goggles and perhaps a helmet. Some places offer simple goggles that may not fit over your eyeglasses. If possible, buy a pair yourself that will hold your glasses in place comfortably; you want to be able to see everything as you are floating around up there. In addition, some places have a soft cloth or leather helmet. If you want something more sturdy, ask if you can bring your own, perhaps a motorcycle helmet would do. Don’t be afraid to ask the dive instructor what to expect; they can usually give a pretty accurate description of how things will feel. Of course, nothing can really prepare you for your first dive, but his or her insight may help you get over the jitters so you can truly enjoy the experience. Contact an instructor from a company like Skydive Burnaby or wherever you are planning to skydive so you can be better prepared for your...

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Tips For Adults Who Want To Learn To Swim

Posted by on Mar 1, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Tips For Adults Who Want To Learn To Swim

Although most people think of children when they think about learning to swim, the truth is that people of all ages find themselves wanting to learn basic swimming skills. If you never learned how to swim as a child, you may think about wanting to learn but hesitate because you’re older. Don’t let your age discourage you from seeking out the adventures that you want to have. Here are some tips to help you out as you learn how to swim. Be Prepared for the Water Especially if you never had any swimming exposure as a child, you may feel a little bit apprehensive about actually getting into the water. If you don’t like water in your eyes, be as prepared as possible. For example, investing in a pair of swim goggles will help you keep the water out of your eyes. This is particularly important if you want to be able to focus on learning swimming skills without concerns about comfort. Look for a pair that fits your face comfortably and stays firmly in place without hurting your face or slipping in the water. Spend As Much Time in the Pool as You Can Kids often have a lot more recreation time than adults do, so it requires a conscious effort on your part to plan as much time as possible to practice your swimming skills. Look for the open swim times at a local pool (such as Cedar Springs Health Racquet & Sportsclub) and consider recruiting a young relative to go with you for family swim times to give you more time to practice. It may even mean joining a gym with an indoor pool so you can spend a half-hour or so swimming on your lunch breaks.  Take Lessons While most swimming lessons are geared to kids, that doesn’t mean that you’re left learning on your own. If you can’t find swimming lessons for adults in your area, talk with the swim instructor of the kids’ classes and ask about starting one. Sometimes, the inquiry is enough to get things going. Swim lessons are a great way to get yourself some extra time in the pool and also help you with proper instruction on technique. Don’t be afraid to ask questions and take the advice to heart so that you can improve your skills. Just remember that you’ll have to put the effort in, otherwise it isn’t helpful. Use the Equipment Available to You Some adults find themselves uncomfortable with the idea of using things like kickboards, flippers and snorkels while learning. These things can help you refine your skills more than you might think. For example, if you’re new to putting your face in the water, a snorkel can allow you to focus on adjusting to the sensation and building your swimming skills before you have to start thinking about holding and timing your breath. For people with coordination issues, kickboards and flippers are great for practicing kicks and learning to synchronize your feet. Don’t dismiss the benefit of things like this while you learn. You can gradually eliminate them when your skills warrant it. Don’t let age or uncertainty keep you from learning to swim if that’s what you want. With the tips here, you can overcome a few of the biggest struggles that...

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Three Factors To Consider When Shopping For A Used Boat

Posted by on Nov 9, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Three Factors To Consider When Shopping For A Used Boat

Whether you’re an avid fisher, water sports enthusiast or a cottage owner who simply enjoys cruising around the lake as the sun sets, buying a boat is something that often sits atop your wishlist. If buying a shiny new boat doesn’t suit your budget, many boat dealers offer an impressive selection of new products that can be a steal. While reputable dealers put their used boats through an intensive inspection to ensure that each boat will meet the demands of its new owners, there are a number of factors to keep in mind when you’re shopping in the used market. Here are three things to keep in mind. Check For Chair Looseness When you test out the seats of each used boat you’re considering, your primary focus is comfort. It’s important, however, to give each seat a slight wiggle to see if its support post moves around the base. You want to see rigidity in this area; if the support post has some degree of play, you’re getting a sign that the floor of the boat may have suffered water damage in the past. While the carpet will hide any signs of damage, movement in the chair support posts is an indicator of rot in the wooden floor below the carpet, and a cause for concern. Watch Out For Corrosion As you inspect the boat, look at any metal hardware, such as the screws around the gauges on the dashboard, for signs of corrosion. A slight degree of corrosion can be a common sign of aging, but if you see a concerning amount of corrosion, it’s an indicator that the boat hasn’t necessarily been well cared for by its previous owner. Corroded hardware can lead to future problems; you’ll often be able to tell the degree of corrosion, beyond the visual element, by gently touching any corroded areas. If they’re loose, they’ll likely need to be replaced before long. Make Sure The Canvas Cover Works Used boats often have their canvas covers removed to allow access for customers, but don’t forget to check this integral item. While the cover might have some partial sun bleaching, you should be concerned if the domes or zippers are missing or broken. Don’t be afraid to put the cover in place to ensure it’s functional; though a minor detail compared to the rest of the boat, a cover that doesn’t fit can be expensive to replace.  For more information, contact companies like Captain’s Village...

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Firearms Courses That Satisfy Girl Guide And Scouts Canada Badges: What To Expect

Posted by on Oct 29, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Firearms Courses That Satisfy Girl Guide And Scouts Canada Badges: What To Expect

Whether you join Girl Guides of Canada or Scouts Canada as a boy or girl, eventually you will want to complete all of your requirements for your outdoor recreation badges. This includes learning how to shoot guns properly and safely. You can complete these courses either with your troop or alone with your parent or guardian supervising. Here is what you can expect after you enroll in a firearms course that satisfies your badge requirements. Firearms Safety First and foremost, you will be taught firearms safety. This may mean several minutes on the target range with no shooting involved, or it may mean several hours in a classroom learning about the different parts of a gun, how to clean it safely, how to aim a gun, how to fire a gun, and what types of protective equipment you need to wear while on the range. It all depends on the type of course you take and through which organization you take the course. Shooting with BB Guns  More often than not, when you contact an organization in regards to a Canadian firearms course or firearms shooting course for your scouting badges, you will be trained on BB guns. These are the only guns that can shoot both rubber shot and metal shot, which makes them ideal for teaching scouts how to shoot and avoid injuries. As you prove to the instructor that you practice firearms safety and practice it well, you will move from rubber shot to metal shot in your BB gun for target practice. BB guns are frequently used in beginner firearms courses for scouts. Hand guns and rifles are used in intermediate and advanced courses for scouts who already have taken and passed firearms safety and the beginner course. Training and Shooting with Protective Equipment Most beginner firearms courses may provide protective eyewear and noise-canceling headphones to protect your eyes and ears from shot or bullets that bounce back and the noise-deafening sounds on a shooting range. Other courses may lend you the eyewear and headphones until you have purchased your own. If you intend to take intermediate and advanced firearms courses to fulfill your badge requirements in graduated levels of scouting, you should definitely buy your own safety goggles and headphones because the intermediate and advanced course instructors will typically expect you to provide your own. You will not be allowed on the shooting range without proper protective equipment, regardless of your level of experience with...

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Useful And Fun Reasons To Charter A Helicopter

Posted by on Oct 7, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Useful And Fun Reasons To Charter A Helicopter

Chartered helicopter rides are a favorite for many tourists in areas like the Grand Canyon and are a way for creative boyfriends to propose to their loved ones. Companies that sell these services to the public are willing to fly anywhere, as long as it is safe and the air space is not restricted. This makes it possible to hire them for a number of reasons. Here are a few ideas.   Scout out Hunting Spots No matter what is being hunted, wildlife is always the most abundant in remote, hard to access areas. Scouting out the perfect spot is time consuming and exhausting. It is especially frustrating when it takes a weekend to explore a few miles, only to discover the area is not as promising as it seemed. Helicopter rides make it easy to see miles of territory in minutes. With a GPS system, the perfect location can be locked in and the best route mapped out when back on the ground. Take Aerial Photos of Property Some professional photographers make a fortune photographing homes from the air. People can do this for themselves in two ways. One is to purchase a drone, the other is in a helicopter. Even though photos taken from drones can be attractive, it is easier to try new angles and effects when handling the camera personally. Plus, a helicopter ride is a lot more fun. Entertain Out of Town Guests Every friend or family member from out of town wants their host to show them around. What better way is there to make it so they can tell everybody back home that they actually saw everything? Point out specific features, historic places or scenic areas while up in the air and then take them to visit those places up close when back on the ground. Arrive in Style Limo rides and a horse and carriage have been used to drop off people at proms and weddings for years. Why not show up in something no one will be expecting? Obviously, this is not always going to work for churches and schools in busy urban areas, but when it is possible, it will be spectacular. Contact a charter company before finalizing too many plans to be certain they are able to help. Find out about prices, weight or passenger limits, and any other information that is pertinent to the event. Be certain to book their services well in advance and have a backup plan in case bad weather keeps everyone grounded.  For a professional charter service, contact a company such as Qwest Helicopters...

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