Academic Year 2021/2022

Learning outcomes

At the end of the workshop the student: - is able to move independently in applying the specific techniques learned autonomously or within projects organized by the institutions; - knows how to deal with other subjects on the methods of use and documentation of the techniques learned; - knows how to place the specific knowledge learned in different types of service; - can assess the limits and merits of the technical equipment learned; - knows how to transfer the technologies learned in different contexts by making changes and personal additions.

Course contents

The outdoor training is an innovative method that takes place outside of the traditional educational contexts ( classrooms ) and proposes that participation in outdoor activities , very engaging on the floor being. The end of the FO is the acquisition and development of special skills and social skills such as cooperation , teamwork , confidence in themselves and in others , leadership , accountability , communication effectiveness etc .. The FO proposes having engaged in extreme and emotionally charged ( everything happens anyway in security ) based on the assumption that learning processes are facilitated if associated with strong emotions .

- Why sailing? The sailboat "forced" cooperation. Confined spaces, the different tasks and roles to be taken to drive the boat, the natural insulation made from water, education in respect of sea navigation and planning are some of the features that make this sport for experience the outdoor training. The experience on a sailing boat can be considered a training very functional; In fact, the ability to cooperate as required by this micro system can be learned, internalized and re-used in other educational contexts: like for instance the residential communities for minors and addicts where members of the educational team are asked to cooperate for long periods closely with colleagues and users and where the capacity of mediation, problem solving and communication skills are elements at all discounted. The outdoor training sailing is one of those experiences "workshop" that allows you to quickly learn the value of teamwork and appreciation of the contributions of all (prerequisites to work well as a team) in favor of a unity of intent; all this in a situation highly addictive from the emotional point of view where the recreational activity mediates learning.


24 students enrolled in the II / III year of the degree course in Social and Cultural Educator (Rimini branch) of the Faculty of Education, University of Bologna.

The social and cultural educator will thus be able to benefit from learning alternative training methods that can usefully be spent on interventions in situations of psychosocial distress and marginalization. The metaphor of the sailboat, in fact, could be used as a useful parallelism where the planning of a journey / route could symbolically represent the planning of the life path of particularly at-risk subjects (drug addicts, adolescents etc.)

Furthermore, for the social and cultural educator student, direct experience as a user of outdoor training allows one to experience powerful group dynamics and increase their knowledge and to experiment and increase their communicative / relational skills; learning from experience can therefore be an essential component of the path that will prepare it for the future profession of educator.


Acquisition of skills useful to the educator who wants to take care of FO using the sailboat as his work tool.


- OBJECTIVE 1: observation and learning of techniques that can be used in outdoor training through the observation of structured activities proposed by trainers.

- OBJECTIVE 2: to personally experience the group dynamics that are triggered in a crew through the implementation of intensive activities in a restricted context and of continuous interaction.

- OBJECTIVE 3: Acquisition of the basic competences for the management of the sailboat through the putting into practice of the basic instructions offered by the experienced sailor trainer.


- Learning the specific techniques of the FO on a sailing boat and the ability to reflect on the possible fields of application.

- Expansion of one's own communicative / relational skills that are expressed and modified in the context of group work (small groups and social dreaming).

- Learning basic techniques useful for running a sailboat.


- Evaluation of trainers on the level of active participation of students in the reflection groups on the applicability of the sailing metaphor in outdoor training.

- Evaluation of trainers on the level of active participation of students in reflection and re-elaboration groups on experiences linked to experience.

- Short questionnaire to verify the learning of the basics for the management of the sailboat.

- Pre and post-experience questionnaire for the evaluation of the satisfaction of the laboratory.


The activity will take place at Lake Garda and will be based in Marina di Navene, Malcesine (VR).


Each group, separately, will participate in an intensive experiential laboratory structured on the model of residentiality structured as follows:
day 1

7.15 pm-8.00 pm, opening section with explanation of the didactic objectives of the program, presentation of the management staff, description of the activities and sharing of participants' expectations.

day 2

9.00-17.00 intensive sailing experience with structured group work activities. The activity on the boat will include a lunch break (12.00-13.00) and a moment of brainstorming and group reflection on the applicability of the sailing metaphor in outdoor training (1:00 pm to 2:00 pm);

17-18 hours re-elaboration group of experiences related to the experience;

6.00 pm closure of the works with delivery compared to the group work scheduled for the next morning.

day 3

8.30-9.30 group work (breafing);

9.30-16.00 intensive sailing experience with structured group work activities. The activity on the boat will include a lunch break (12.00-13.00) and a moment of brainstorming and group reflection on the applicability of the sailing metaphor in outdoor training (1:00 pm to 2:00 pm);

4.00pm-5.30pm closing section with reworking of experiences linked to the experience, reflections on the global route taken, resumption of the initial objectives, evaluation of the achievement of the objectives, feedback from the participants on the satisfaction of the activity carried out also according to their expectations.

Teaching methods

Experiential learning

Assessment methods

Self-assessment forms from students and observation grids from the teacher

Teaching tools

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Office hours

See the website of Giannino Melotti


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This teaching activity contributes to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals of the UN 2030 Agenda.