The Sooke Sailing Association has been in Sooke for five years now. Their objective is to get people on the water sailing, and they work with sailors six years old and higher. From their website:
“Our main project is working on our sustainable kids sailing program in Sooke. With two one week Summer Day Camps in 2015 and 2014 three in 2013 and one in 2012 we are looking forward to a great 2016 where we will offer camps some time in July and August. Maybe even one day introductory classes in the schools. We have teamed up with Rush Adventures in Sooke at Coopers Cove and are really looking forward to what comes out of it.
“Teaching children from the ages of 6 to 14 to safely sail and have fun on the water at Sooke. As the children get older they are confident to move on to racing, teaching sailing or advanced sailing classes.”
When did you first know that you wanted to be self employed?
We were out sailing on the Sooke Basin and were the only ones week after week. We felt we had do do something to get others enjoying what we were having so much fun doing.
What support systems did you have in place when you started?
At first a few friends and family. The a mobile sailing program by BC Sailing. Then Morin and Joslin Optomitrists, The Sooke Rotary, Mariners Village, Rush Adventures donations from Sooke people that shared in our vision of getting youth sailing in Sooke. Our Volunteers are the one key thing.
What advice would you offer other potential entrepreneurs?
The first thing is to dream big and start small.
What keeps you motivated?
When we see the number of sailboats out there now. The smiling faces of the 6 year olds as they finally get it, the fun the older kids are having on Sundays in the Sooke Harbour all year and the Adults that are finally srarting on thier dream come true it makes every second worth it.
Our biggest challenge is coming up with enough money for insurance while trying to keep it affordable for all.
It would be great if we didn’t have to fund raise all the time. Not sure why the CRD and Sooke Council hasn’t wanted to invest in this yet as the benefits for everyone including tourists is priceless. But we feel they will. We also need a clubhouse to meet and store equipment… but that will come also.
Looking back, knowing what you now know, what would you have done differently?
I would have worked closer with Sooke Volunteer group while we had time to get that going.
At what point should an entrepreneur take the “leap of faith” and start up their business?
Now is a good time to start.
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