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Mindful : December 2013
38 mindful December 2013 Above, from left: Instructors Evan Cervelli, David Gibling, and David MacCulloch plot the course of future voyages at the Nova Scotia Sea School in Lunenburg, Nova Scotia. Below, from left: Jessie Sison and Krista Grunsky, two new students hoping to become sea school instructors. days or having very little privacy. But everyone is so respectful—after all, we’re all in the same boat any- ways.” She’s keen to do it all again a nd is even toying with the idea of studying to become an instructor. Carlo Myers, a 16-year-old on the same voyage, appreciated life in an open boat as well. He was surprised to find that despite the cra mped quarters, “ I never felt claustrophobic.” education The need to cooperate, to get along and create a microcosmic world together, is something kids lea rn pretty quickly. Nudell says, “ You ca n’t just make a mean comment and walk down the hall and say, ‘See ya, loser.’ Oh no—now you have to cook dinner with the other person. “In the same way, the state of your belongings becomes pretty important, too. If you don’t put your sleeping bag away properly and a big wave comes over the side, your sleeping bag is wet that night. And if you can’t get yourself out of bed in the morn- ing, you inconvenience everybody.” On the boat, nothing is taken for granted—even the basics require thought and planning. “ You wa nt to brush your teeth? You can’t just turn on the tap and grab your toothbrush. You have to fish it out from the bottom of this unbelievably irritating duffel bag,” says Nudell about a common on-boa rd bag that’s desig ned without zippers, pockets, or com- partments so things inside don’t get wet or drop out. All of the irritations and inconveniences are just part of learning how important it is to pay atten- tion to what’s going on around you: the sea, the weather, the equipment, the person next to you. The students quickly catch on that when you’re in an environment that makes you all vulnerable and dependent on one another, everybody needs to watch out for everyone else.