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If you’re going to get serious about sailing, sooner or later you’ll need to get certification from an accredited sailing school. The Yachting organization in Auckland also provide the necessary training and ISAF accreditation certification, so whenever you visited to Auckland in New Zealand for getting this certification, you need to hire a car to reach the office directly from Airport. Be sure to check out at carrentalaucklanddeals.co.nz

The first step is to be able to sail a boat of about 20 feet in length in light to moderate winds and sea conditions in familiar waters without supervision. A preparatory Standard with no auxiliary power or navigation skills required. This is the most basic sailing training you can get, and it can cost about $675 to take. It will also take four days to finish. Once you have received certification from this class, you can enroll in the next level class.

The second level and final class you need to take to be get certified to charter a sailboat on your own includes the ability to cruise safely in local and regional waters as both skipper and crew on an auxiliary powered sailboat of about 20 to 30 feet in length, in moderate winds and sea conditions. Once you pay the additional $675 and take the four-day class, you will receive this second level certification and become qualified to charter on your own boat. Remember, you must take the first level class to qualify.

What Do the ‘Older’ Folk Do?

My daughter recently asked me what ‘seniors’ look for when they travel. What do we like to do? Where do we like to go? I’ve never thought of travel in relation to my age, or my gender. To me, traveling has always meant part of the fulfillment of life itself!

As the child of a career military father, I traveled every two to three years. It was always an adventure! But, the drawbacks – leaving friends behind and re-assimilating in different schools — were always difficult. When my father finally retired , I was in high school and happy to stay and put down roots, never realizing that travel was in my blood! Little did I realize then that I was going to suffer a ten year travel drought!

You’ve heard of ‘stir crazy.’ Have you heard about ‘rock crazy?’ Trust me; it can happen when you’re island bound! Over the next ten or more years I was no more than a bystander watching as Honolulu Airport moved from Rogers’ Field on Lagoon Drive, to the site of my former kindergarten in Damon Track. I watched and waited as jet engine aircraft replaced prop propelled aircraft. I met friends and family at the “new” Honolulu International Airport, and saw them off for their returns home. But, I, personally, no longer had the means, albeit I had the desire, to travel. I had a family with three beautiful children, and while the family grew, the income did not. We simply could not afford the luxury of travel off the island.

4 US Military Services- Which One Do You Like?

The US Armed Forces consist of several services. These are the US Army, US Navy, US Air Force, US Marine Corps and US Coast Guard. All except the Coast Guard belong to the Department of Defense. The Coast Guard belongs to the Department of Homeland Security.

While all of these forces are uniformed, have weapons, ranks and other such details that are similar, the specific missions and focus of each service is quite different.

The US Army is charged as the primary land combat force. The US Army is around a million soldiers, divided into the Active Army, Army Reserve and Army National Guard. While all of these have federal missions, the National Guard also has state missions and responsibilities. Army National Guard units are largely combat units, though with supporting units as well. Army Reserve units are almost always combat support or combat service support.

The US Marine Corps appears very similar to the Army, but has a bit over 200,000 marines. The USMC is charged with projecting combined arms task forces around the world, providing a rapid response force which is small, but high quality and equipped to handle many contingencies. The Marines have integrated task forces with ground and fixed wing aviation assigned, providing extremely responsive air support. There are active and reserve marines.