Sailing Or Flying, What Is Easier To Learn?

I have taken flying and sailing lessons, so I understand a bit of which one is easier to learn. Both flying and sailing are skills you need to obtain.

Sailing and flying both require time and commitment to learning, but sailing is usually a more leisurely sport to master than flying. Learning to fly will rightfully require a lot of safety, technical, and other aspects; if the pilot gets it wrong or goes into the wrong air space, other lives could be in danger.

Sailing you are out there on the water, and you usually are not even close to other boats or people. We recommend that everyone take a sailing course to learn the basics, but you are not required to be licensed to sail in many places.

Sailing Vs. Flying, What Is Easier To Learn?

If you are going to learn to sail or fly, the truth is that both of these will require money and commitment. Both sailing and flying take time and need that you want to learn them before you can even master either of them.

Time Commitment To Learn Sailing Vs. Flying

Both sailing and flying will take some time commitment. But the time commitment to learn to sail will usually be less than flying.

In the United States, you can fly solo after mastering 20 hours of training with an instructor. To get your private pilot license is at least 40 hours, or most people say a minimum of two months. To fly, you must commit to at least two months of learning.

You can take an intensive weekend course to get your light air rating or a two-week course to learn to sail. That, of course, is just the basics, and you will need to have experience and then continue to intermediate and advanced.

But if you do not want to take a course, there is nothing that says you must have instruction to sail a pleasure boat. Many people sail who have never taken a single class or been inside a classroom.

Skills Required To Learn Sailing Vs. Flying

The process of flying is relatively easy to learn, but all the other things such as the systems, air space, navigation, and communications are pretty complex. Aviation has a lot of technical knowledge that you must learn and master.

Once you are out on the water, the actual sailing process is not that difficult. The hardest part is turning the boat around, getting it out of the dock and back into the dock. All of those things take practice and skill.

Safety Concerns for Sailing And Flying

Even the very best of the pilot has gotten into issues while flying. Some of them lost their lives in the process as they crashed. The fact that it just takes one crash in a small plane to take your life away makes flying more of a safety concern than sailing.

Sailing also requires safety issues. But sailing is usually not life-threatening if you do not try to out in the high winds or a giant thunderstorm, or you capsize the boat in freezing water or cannot swim.

Most states and even countries require if you say that you have a life vest at all times. If you fall off the boat, you should not drown as you have on a life vest to keep your head above water even if you can not swim.

License To Sail Vs. Fly

To be able to fly an airplane, you will be flying in and around commercial airlines. In some cases, you may even be sharing airspace and runways.

To fly, you need to have a license similar to having a legal license to drive a car or motorcycle.

Sailing a pleasure boat in most states does not require that you have a license. Even children can technically have a small sailboat and go out on the lake or even the ocean with a boat (though we believe no parents should allow their children out on a boat without proper instruction or tools).

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Stress Of Sailing Vs. Flying

There can be something relaxing about both sailing and flying. When you are flying, you are up there above the world and see life as it’s going on below you.

But with flying, if something goes wrong, you must be able to make rapid, split-second decisions, or your life and the lives of your passengers may be in danger. One of the biggest challenges with flying is that you need to be able to handle that kind of stress.

When you are flying, you can never really coast along. If your engine dies on takeoff, you have about a quarter of a second to figure out what you are doing to do not to crash the plane.

The challenge with flying is that you must always be mentally prepared to handle an emergency and have just a few seconds to decide. With flight, you must be so well trained that the correct decision is the right one, and you are automatically making that correct decision as to your life, and the life of your passengers depends on it.

If you get in trouble with sailing, you can bring down all your sails and radio for help. If you are not too far from the shore, you can swim into shore.

Unlike flying with sailing, you have time to think. If you are unsure, you can sit out in the boat for a while and figure it out.

The fact that usually, for sailing, you have time to figure things out makes sailing a lot less stressful than flying. You can sit back in the boat and glide along if you choose. There is something very relaxing about that.

Cost To Learn Sailing Vs. Flying

There is also a difference in the cost to sail vs. fly. If you want to fly, you need to have access to a plane. Buying, maintaining, and renting a plane takes money. Even getting fuel into the plane these days can be costly.

You must have a license to fly, so it is not a skill you can learn independently. You must be willing to pay the cost for the private pilot license, which can range from $ 4,000 to $15,000, with the average being about $10,000.

Learning To Fly Is An Expensive Commitment

With sailing, you can buy a small boat, even a dingy sailboat, and go out to sail. You can rent a boat or join a sailing club with boats you can take out.

You can learn to sail the boat yourself by taking it out on the water, or we recommend that everyone take some sailing courses to know and understand all the basics. I recently signed up for the Milwaukee Community Sailing Center course, and I needed to pay the annual fee plus $240 to take the course.

Just by the prices alone, you can see that sailing is easier to learn than flying, as learning to fly will take a considerable commitment in time and money. Sailing will also make some money, time, and commitment but not as much learning to fly.

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Hi, I live in Hanoi, Vietnam but spend time traveling the region. I love to share with you things I see and learn through my travels.

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