Find a chapter of the Coast Guard Auxiliary - believe it or not there is probably one in the desert too. They offer beginning sailing classes for free or a token fee.
Usually ends up with one or two lessons on the water. You can offer to crew for racers, they always need 'rail meat' but you will not learn sailing so much as competing, yelling and a sign language.
Sailing and beekeeping can be the same - both can bring you closer to nature and raise your awareness.
C36 Lake Texohoma, TX
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