Sailing Tips for Newbies

Boating of any kind can be a thrilling and rewarding adventure. As many seasoned sailors know, those new to sailing generally need as much calm, and as much room to maneuver, as possible, making it important to choose the conditions most appropriate to get your first excursion underway. Select a Smaller Boat to Start. Bigger boats may provide more amenities than smaller vessels, says many sailors, but they also provide more lines, sails and equipment for the beginning sailor to cope with, turning what could be a good learning experience into a highly confusing one. If you’re nearing your first boating adventure, and are unsure as exactly how to get started, heed a little advice from a proven and seasoned sailing professional.

Avoid the crowd, choose the calm. Calm, uncrowded waters are generally your best option when it comes to the beginning of your sailing career. When learning how to sail, start out with a smaller dinghy. Capsize the Vessel It may seem counter intuitive, says an expert sailor, but every beginning sailor should practice what to do with a capsized vessel right at the start. The opportunity to feel the cool sea breeze as you and your friends skirt atop the water can quickly become a memorable experience, one that may hook your interest and turn you into a passionate sailing enthusiast for the rest of your life.

Experienced boater and passionate sailor Daniel Behan understands just how exciting, and even profound, a person’s first sailing experience can be, particularly as someone who has enjoyed the activity since he was just a little boy. Sailing, though exciting, is also an inherently dangerous activity, and every newbie should know what to do during an emergency situation.


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Four Ways to Regain Control of a Classroom

Controlling a classroom is a skill gained by experience. Usually when you lose control of a classroom, the situation spirals quickly. It’s best to act fast and decisively so that your students know who is in charge. Once you lose complete control of a classroom, it is difficult to regain the respect and attention of your students. Therefore, controlling a classroom is possibly the must important skill any teacher should learn. Here are four tips on how to regain control of your classroom.


  • Stop the lesson and observe the class so as to understand best exactly what is going on. Stopping the lesson is not a sign of weakness and will allow you to make better decisions based on your teaching intuitions. It will also prevent students from controlling the conversation.


  • Changing the classroom seating arrangements is helpful because it will change the social dynamics of the classroom. Move the troublemakers away from each other and have students sit next to other students who do not normally socialize together. Moving students help you regain control because the social dynamics will be different. Additionally changing the seating arrangements could create a friendlier atmosphere in the classroom amongst the students.


  • Use body language to convey control. The best way to do this is by making eye contact with the instigator. Making eye contact with a single student will tell them that they are disrupting the classroom and preventing you from teaching. Most likely, the will become quiet, and the rest of the classroom will follow suit.


  • If all else fails, talk to the class. Let them know that they are causing a problem and share your frustration with them. Do so in a decisive manner that conveys control though, not one where you are asking for their sympathy. They may not respect you afterward otherwise.


Daniel Behan has worked in the public education system for over 25 years. He spent time as a middle school teacher in Rochester, New York and served as a Principal at one time. He was a Quarter-Finalist for Teacher of the Year Award in the State of New York.

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The Oak Hill Country Club

The Oak Hill Country Club is an exclusive organization that values loyalty. It is an honor for many people to simply have been accepted as a member, but to then also been such a loyal member of the club for many years is truly valued. A longtime member of Rochester’s Oak Hill Country Club, gets priority privilege to play a round whenever they gets the chance, enjoying the beautiful Oak Hill course and facility with friends, their wife or even their children, everyone is welcome.

The Oak Hill Country Club, as their members know, features over 6600 yards of challenging, yet very rewarding, golfing opportunity. With a par of 71, Oak Hill has earned a course rating of 71.9, and has attained a slope rating of 127 on Bent Grass. Ross and Thomas Fazio, opened in 1926, and is currently managed by General Manager Eric Rule. Many members are proud to share in Oak Hill’s storied tradition as one of the premiere courses in the entire Rochester area. The course, which was designed by Robert Trent Jones, Jr., Donald J.

Well-known and recognized educator Daniel Behan enjoys the chance to hit the links every now and then, which provides him the chance to not only catch up with old friends, but to also work on and carefully evaluate his game, and to engage in a sport he has enjoyed since his time as a high school student in the middle of Ohio. Though he is admittedly not one of the best golfers to enjoy membership at Oak Hill, he is certainly no slouch, and is known to be able to hold his own with most anyone that challenges him to a game.

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Daniel Behan – Playing Racquetball

Daniel Behan says he is lucky to get as much free time as he does each summer. But as a history teacher in the Rochester Public Schools, summers off come with the territory.

It isn’t all leisure time for him, however. During the summer months, Daniel Behan teaches American and World history two nights a week at a local community college, and he also volunteers his time with Turn the Page, a childhood literacy program.

But in the daylight hours he devotes as much time as he can to four things: sailing, playing golf, playing racquetball, and spending time with his family. Racquetball has quickly become a favorite activity for Daniel Behan. “It’s a great workout, but one of the things I like most is that I can always count on it. Even if it’s raining cats and dogs outside, I can play.”

As Daniel Behan knows, it takes about twenty minutes to play one game of racquetball. It’s an intense and fast-paced game, and during those twenty minutes he runs about thirty-six hundred feet, according to the United States Olympic training center. After playing for just one hour he’s burned up to eight hundred calories and run more than two miles. He says that it’s a really great way to stay trim and fit.

His doctor tells him that racquetball is doing wonders for his cardiovascular health, too. With all of that running, his heart rate is increased for a prolonged period at seventy-five to eighty percent of its maximum. That’s great for his aerobic capacity, and all of that stopping and starting improves his anaerobic capacity. But for Daniel Behan, the main thing is that it’s a lot of fun.

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Daniel Behan – The Cradle of Civilization

Daniel Behan teaches American and World history classes at Elijah Parish Lovejoy Middle School in Rochester, New York, and says that he always tries to make his classes fun.

He teaches three American History classes and three World History classes each semester. “The American History class is pretty straightforward, for the most part,” he says. “I teach the birth and development of that landmass we know today at the United States, with a special emphasis on its geography, economy, government, military, and foreign affairs.”

Daniel Behan says that one of the differences in his American History course, however, is the time he devotes to pre-European North America. “Too many American history courses just start with the first Europeans coming to the New World. And I think that does a disservice to our students; it really shortchanges them.”

And so he spends a month of each semester on a section he calls “The First Americans.” It is based on modern anthropological and archaeological evidence of a land bridge that was used by Asians about twelve thousand years ago to migrate to what we know today as North America. “Of course, there’s always the kid at the back of the room who says, ‘But where did they come from before that?’ And I tell them that they probably came from Africa about a hundred thousand years ago. And that Africa is the cradle of civilization.”

Daniel Behan says that a lot of the kids want to spend more time on that than what he has planned for the rest of the year. “For a lot of kids, it’s the first time they’ve heard that.. And they already know about the Pilgrims and other origin stories. I’ve got to stay on schedule, of course, but it isn’t uncommon to spend an extra week or so on the first Asians, and even Africa – which, as it happens, I cover in more detail in my World History course.”

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