Sport England conducted research into why people like to do outdoor activities, including sailing. They came up with a list of eight sport personality types.
Which kind of a sailor are you?
Profile: Sense of being part of and exploring the natural world. Physical activity is driven by emotional purposes and revolves around exploring and learning. May be secondary to other hobbies such as bird watching or photography.
Profile: Put their body on the line and controls the battle against nature. Pushes self and focused on personal achievement/reaching a goal. They probably don’t enjoy the majority of the experience, enjoyment comes from gaining a sense of control and learning about themselves. Learnings from the experience are applied to life.
Fitness in Nature
Profile: Chooses to keep fit outdoors for the fresh air and freedom. Prefers to be exercising outdoors and generally doesn’t like the gym or indoor sports. Sense of physical and mental wellbeing and challenging self is important. Competing is not important.
The Tribe Member
Profile: Committed to their sport or activity and take it very seriously. Training and skill improvement is important to them, as is competing and winning. Likely to be part of a specific club.
Profile: Lives life to the full. Enjoys the sense of adventure and pushing themselves physically. Personal achievement as well as ‘having a good time with their mates’ is important to them. The countryside is a giant playground for Adventurers.
Profile: Primary purpose of visit to outdoors is for learning/personal development, physical activity is used as a means by which to learn/personally develop. These people may discover a love of a sport along the way.
Profile: Predominantly young people who are motivated to take part in alternative freestyle sports for the lifestyle and culture that’s associated with it. Activities are perceived as ‘cool’ and play a role in defining who they are and their lifestyle. Music and fashion are fundamental elements of this lifestyle choice.
The Thrill Seeker
Profile: Enjoys taking part in extreme sports and other activities involving physical risk. The experience is all about the adrenaline rush. They enjoy being out of control but are willing for someone/ thing else to manage the risk.
The Watcher (by Vivienne)
At one with nature. Not particularly physical unless pushed into it; but massive reserves for danger and difficulty. Thrives on excitement and new adventures, but mostly enjoys quiet and solitude. Inventive and resourceful, able to put hand to anything, quick to learn and well motivated.
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