The growth of young people through outdoor sports. Kayaking and canoeing, two schools of life

In the life of any boy / girl it is important to approach the world of sport from an early age. There are countless reasons that can be used as a support to the thesis previously expressed.

09/05/2022 | 10:31

The growth of young people through outdoor sports: kayaking and canoeing two schools of life

In the life of any boy / girl it is important to approach the world of sport from an early age. There are countless reasons that can be used as a support to the thesis previously expressed.

For example, by practicing sports in adolescence, you can develop a solid muscle and bone structure, you can learn to share and collaborate with other individuals, just think of group sports, you can still build social relationships, you can learn from experience In short, there are valid reasons for coaches to take up a sport.

Knowledge is one of the fundamental factors for loving an outdoor discipline. Those who know stop being afraid, they let themselves go towards the discovery of the different and the unknown. If curiosity is the first step towards knowledge, education is the compass that guides the youngest through the seas of life.

Guiding and accompanying children during navigation has a profound meaning in kayaking: a real school of life, which transmits fundamental values for the person, such as responsibility, self-awareness, sense of direction.

Here are a number of reasons why we can consider kayaking and canoeing as real schools of life:

Gain self-confidence

There is nothing like driving your own boat for a boy. Cycling is one thing, skillfully maneuvering your kayak is quite another: nothing like kayaking helps in gaining self-confidence.

Awareness of space

When kids learn to maneuver a kayak in confined waters, to maneuver to avoid collisions, to juggle along a cliff, they develop an awareness of spaces which in the future will help them be more proficient in activities that require coordination (such as driving a car, eg).

The sense of direction

When they face the first short trips in kayaks, equipped and with a packed lunch, the youngest ones discover the taste of exploration for a few hours, detached from the mainland.

These early experiences help develop a good sense of direction. Knowing where you started from, identifying points of reference, and keeping in mind how to return, becomes a normal stream of consciousness. Awareness is key to having a sense of direction.

Know the external environment and the context

Do you know where depressions usually come from? How cold is the sea water in April? If your child is a sailor, he will know. Getting to know the environment in which you are navigating is a fundamental first step for a safer and more responsible future.

Mindset based on order

Students on a kayak course learn how to arm and disarm a kayak, what equipment is needed and where they must be stowed so that they are immediately accessible at sea. This is a skill that, as a parent, you will really appreciate!

Tenacity and dedication

Have you ever paddled in the winter? Sometimes the temperature is similar to what you might encounter on the ski slopes, but you can't sneak into a hut to get yourself a hot chocolate or a burger. The little kayakers are tenacious, do not complain, and usually, when the course is finished, they worry before putting the kayak in place rather than warming up or changing.

Sense of responsibility

Facing a maneuver makes the boy responsible because every action he takes corresponds to a reaction of the kayak. A responsibility that can hardly take place in other areas before getting a driving license.

Vision and attitude

Taking care of the details in setting up the kayak, from clothing to equipment and provisions, in relation to the type of coast and conditions, is a skill that must be exercised. This "balance" can help in school and in the future in the world of work and in life. Young kayakers push themselves beyond their natural threshold of fear. Most guys are afraid of tipping over before they've tried the wet exit. Others are afraid of strong winds or the sea: but in the end they overcome their fears. It is the instructors' task to accompany them on this "path", but in the end it will be the boy who will defeat his initial fears.

Punctuality and patience

Leaving when conditions allow it or not leaving to wait for conditions to improve are just two examples that concern this aspect. The boys are required punctuality and a good dose of patience. Often you can go out for just two hours in all: showing up on time or knowing how to wait for the right sea conditions is part of the sport of kayaking and the kids accept it.

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