Reeling in sailors, early and in large numbers
AMSTERDAM – The Nautiek Sailing School here takes its vocation seriously. In September, 2013, it began offering classes for 600 elementary school children in Amsterdam in odd locations: their school gymnasiums. It also offers instruction in rowing, wind surfing, canoeing and motor boat handling.
It is a 2-year pilot project for kids of 6 years and older. “Water sports must be made accessible to everyone, especially youngsters,” says Nautiek’s Rob van Zanten who is also head of sailing schools at HISWA, the Dutch yachting sector lobby. “It is part of rethinking use of public water spaces.”
Nautiek been offering sailing days in quiet sections of the Port of Amsterdam since 2003. Van Zanten wants sailing to be a mandatory curriculum item in Dutch schools.
The Nautiek Sailing School is based at Amsterdam’s 200-berth Piet Hein Marina