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Sailing @ The British College of Brazil (BCB).

Mr. Ben Holman
Mr. Ben Holman (13 posts) Head of Secondary View Profile

This week I had the pleasure of watching our Secondary pupils sailing at The Santo Amaro Yacht Club (YCSA) during their P.E lessons. Whilst watching from the dry shoreline I saw our pupils thoroughly enjoying the experience under the watchful eye of trained YCSA instructors.



There are numerous benefits of sailing and I have ranked the top ten*:


  1. Mental wellbeing is hugely important when it comes to exercise. Most people associate exercise with having physical benefits but by being out on the water it can put you in a good mental space owing to the calmness of the water but also the wind.


  1. Improves communication skills which are required in a team to effectively control a boat with the crew acting as a team. Effective communication both verbal and non - verbal is required as everyone plays a crucial role in order to keep the boat from capsizing.


  1. Organizational skills are required to keep a boat ship shape with rope and pulleys everywhere it makes for a dynamic experience and the crew must be organised in where they sit and how they balance out the boat. If one of the crew makes a move then the rest of the team have to compensate. 


…….and the rest


  1. Spatial awareness

  2. Increase agility

  3. Muscle strength

  4. Muscle endurance

  5. Cardiovascular fitness

  6. Lowers stress levels

  7. Improves concentration