HOW I PAID NOTHING TO LEARN HOW TO SAIL AND WINDSURF

Two days ago was my last day working at Cinnamon Bay Watersports (technically called “Wind N Surfing Adventures“). It was perfect timing to close the shop, as Hurricane Isaac was drawing nearer (although it never materialized too badly down here).

I use the term “working” VERY loosely. Over the course of the past year, I managed to work out an informal barter deal with the guys at the shop. Originally I was actually going to work there, but then I realized that I couldn’t devote the time needed. So the new plan was that I would come by roughly once a week to help out with whatever was needed; and in exchange I would get to play with the gear (and as it turns out, get lessons as well).

HOW I PAID NOTHING TO LEARN HOW TO SAIL AND WINDSURF

Although I only spent about one day a week there, spending time at the Watersports Shop was one of the highlights of my time in St. John. Every time I went there I was somewhat nervous about what the day would bring, but every single time I left the beach I was in a great mood after having an awesome day.

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Learning to Sail

HOW I PAID NOTHING TO LEARN HOW TO SAIL AND WINDSURF

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Learning to Windsurf

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HERE’S THE LESSON:

If you have the time and dedication, you don’t have to spend a fortune to do/learn amazing things. It would have cost me thousands of dollars in sailing and windsurfing lessons, plus rental fees, but by bartering my time and working hard I essentially got this for free (and met some awesome people along the way).

So what is on your bucket list that you can’t seem to find the time or money to do? Is there a creative way that you can make it happen? Don’t let more time pass if there is a way that you can DO IT NOW!

HOW I PAID NOTHING TO LEARN HOW TO SAIL AND WINDSURF

To close, I’d like to give a huge thanks to Kendall Cornejo, Ollie Shanklin, and the entire Cinnamon Bay Watersports Crew (Dax, Mickey, and Thais come to mind). Particular shout outs to Ollie for hooking me up with the gig in the first place and Kendall for absolutely everything else…including teaching me these sports. I am even more excited now to hone my sailing and windsurfing skills and of course learn more new sports as I continue my travels.

Have you ever bartered your time or skills and gotten something AMAZING in return? Please share your experiences in the comments below.