Essential Tools Every Sailing Coach Must Have

In this blog post, we will explore the essential tools that every sailing coach must have in their arsenal.

Essential Tools Every Sailing Coach Must Have

As a mentor to aspiring sailors, it is essential to have the right set of tools to effectively guide and train your team. From enhancing communication to ensuring safety, these tools play a crucial role in the success of both the coach and the sailors.

VHF Radio

A VHF (Very High Frequency) radio is a staple tool for any sailing coach. It enables effective communication between the coach and the sailors, ensuring clear and instant transmission of instructions, feedback, and safety information.

But it is mostly a security element. Sailing coaches must have an VHF with us in every moment.

Hand Bearing Compass

We will make the most of it whenever we are training tactics or we are on a regatta and want to check:

a.  In wich angles are set the marks.
b.  The intensity and direction of the shifts.
c.  If there is a pattern on the shifts, and wind tends to go more to right or left of the racing course.

Having a hand bearing compass ensures that the coach can give accurate instructions and information, and teach their team how to navigate effectively on the water.

Video Camera & Drone

A video camera is an excellent tool for reviewing and analyzing sailing techniques. By recording practice sessions and races, coaches can provide visual feedback to their sailors, helping them identify areas for improvement and refine their skills. Video analysis allows for a more comprehensive evaluation of maneuvers, sail trim, and crew coordination, enhancing the learning experience for the team.

You might be thinking who on Earth uses a video camera nowadays? We know, everybody records with their cellphone, and we also do it.

However, having a camera that it can stick to the boat (for example a GoPro) it is very useful! It gives us a lot of information, and it lets sailors to see how they move and behave on the boat.

The drone is excelent for the moments we are teaching starts and tactics.

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Weather Monitoring Tools

Anemometers, barometers, and weather forecasting apps provide valuable real-time information about wind speed, atmospheric pressure, and weather patterns. This allows coaches to plan training sessions effectively, select appropriate sails, and ensure the safety of the team by avoiding unfavorable weather conditions.

Safety Equipment

Safety should always be a top priority for a sailing coach. Carrying a well-stocked first aid kit and life jackets are crucial. Coaches must be trained in basic first aid and CPR techniques to handle emergencies effectively.


A good whistle is necessary for giving indications to the team without shouting. It is a very easy way to save energy.

A sailing coach's role extends beyond teaching the basics of sailing. They are mentors, leaders, and safety advocates for their team. Equipping themselves with the right tools enhances their ability to guide and train sailors effectively.

From communication devices to safety equipment and performance tracking tools, the tools mentioned above are essential for any sailing coach aspiring to make a positive impact on their team's performance and overall sailing experience.

With these tools in hand, a sailing coach can navigate their way to success and nurture the next generation of skilled sailors.

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