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The sport and sailing practice is the basis of "EducoVela" project that fits in an educational context , improved for 9 years of Blu Tribù activity Association.


'"EducoVela - Ragazzi down al timone", coordinated by the AIDP - Associazione Italiana Persone Down, figured a multi-year (long- term) educational and experiential course of sailing navigation. An activity of considerable interest and dialogue for AIPD young users.

From starting sailing to ocean cruising, these guys have practiced with the care of qualified instructors FIV and educators. The sailing practice is an activity that starts from simple situations to get to complex networks . As of relationships. Any other sport, it uses a progression from simple exercises toward greater commitments. The relationship between pupils and theirs peers and their instructors is developed starting from a necessarily limited number of components, to get to the ability to interact with large groups of people or crews. It's a necessary progressive evolution.

 


The  sailing practice is an activity report that starts from simple situations to get to complex networks. As any other sport, it uses a progression from simple exercises toward greater commitments. The relationship between pupils and theirs peers and their instructors is developed starting from a necessarily limited number of components, to get to the ability to interact with large groups of people or crews. It 's a necessary progressive evolution.

The first fundamental relationship is between the athlete and the wind and the sea, the second one is with the fellow crews and with the instructor, the third is the crew in positive comparison with other teams and with a natural largest space (during long voyages or on the race area).

The first report, the sensitivity with which one is confronted in relation to the wind and the sea, is developed through the use of  sport as a play and basic tools: small school-boats, single instruments separated by the whole boat (rudder, tree, sheets, oars, boom, bailer etc.). The ability to "remove" and "replace" the small dinghy provides the key to understanding the whole-boat and how it works.

During the Educovela course, we experienced the effectiveness of teaching on the school dinghy: these guys performed refined movements at the helm and at the sheets totally made ​​independently. A truly happy goal!

The small size of the school dinghy- 4 meters in length - ensures confidence and control for each movement of the boat. Any manouvre can be understood and assimilated because it can be mastered and at their capacity.

The Italian Sailing Federation establishes the use of small sailing boats for learning and for the future progress towards more complex sailing exercises. From the point of view of education and years of experience, the educational benefits of dinghies are undeniable: strong cooperation  within the group to perform each manoeuvre, a social life stimulated by the necessary sharing of roles on board, a large space for socializing on sport campus.

During courses 2009 -2010,  the use of bungalow at Bracciano Lake provided a space of everyday life for the development of life crew. Each pupil, before and after sailing activities, was responsible - in rotation – for every aspect of the campus life: shopping, cooking, cleaning and tidying their space.

For 9 years, Blu Tribù accompanied them to a progression from sailing dinghies to large keel boats navigation, using oceanic experienced captains and international patents for conducting, teaching sailing and charter.

These the routes traveled with the AIPD guys from 2005 to 2010: Rome to the Tuscan Archipelago, Elba, Sardegna and Corsica, the Ponziano and Flegreo archipelagos, Naples, the Aeolian Islands and Sicily.

Educovela Today

The experience gained during 9 years of refinement put evidence some key points of the educational sailing:
- It is necessary that the staff is highly skilled, composed of instructors of the Sailing Federation with a technical and psychological back-ground to provide  skills and adequate human attitudes
- The use of small school boats is necessary for the proper progression of learning sailing maneuvers, it drastically reduces the cost and makes them available to families, without asking for public or private funding;
- The ability of children with Down syndrome to equilibrium, to be at ease with the sea element and life group is such that it is possible and desirable the creation of sailing teams for an ongoing activity and participation to social races in the Italian Sailing Federation.

The association Blu Tribù concluded in 2010 its happy participation to "Educovela - Ragazzi down al timone". It offers activities of sailing school to children and families with instructors of the Italian Sailing Federation to provide a tool for mediation and educational activity of real autonomy for sailing pupils. The use of the sailing school at Talamone beach, Grosseto - Tuscany - provides the perfect framework for security and peace of mind to  offer sailing school weekends or sailing Campus weeks.