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Good Jibes #121: Chris Childers on Teaching Kids to Sail

This week’s host, John Arndt, is joined by Chris Childers to chat about teaching the next generation to sail. Chris is the executive director of operations at the Treasure Island Sailing Center (TISC), which creates opportunities for people to learn and grow through sailing.

Chris Childers in boat
What are Chris’s thoughts on holding the sailing community together?
© 2023 Chris Childers

Hear how he first learned to sail and then to teach sailing, about his first rescue, how we can better sell the sport to the next generation, of the connection he’s built with other sailing instructors, and how to get into a career as an instructor.

Here’s a small sample of what you will hear:

  • Did Chris’s mom come from a sailing family?
  • How was Chris’s racing experience?
  • When did sailing become more than a hobby?
  • What does Chris love about sailing in the Bay Area?
  • How do we make sailing appeal to the next generation?
  • What type of sailing does Chris do when he’s not teaching?
  • How do we bring more people into the sailing community?
  • Short Tacks: Does TISC have any plans for Summer Sailstice?

Learn more at and on Instagram @TiSailing

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