It starts with a seaworthy boat AND knowledge
It's really quite simple, training and experience.
It takes time, you need to get out on the water in different conditions on a seaworthy vessel, with someone who knows what they are doing.
Don't be fooled in to learning everything as you go. Preparation is key. If you are prepared your body remembers what to do and over-rides your brain. It muffles that Voice of Doom that gnaws at your nerves. So instead of succumbing to fear you can take action!
"My heart jack-knifed in my chest as the boat bucked beneath me. I was alone in the frigid Southern Ocean and my boat had just shattered as the mast came crashing down. I was facing the horrible realisation that I might not live past the next five minutes as another wall of white water slammed into the boat, taking my breath away. Shaking with fear I needed to act. I needed to survive. "
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