Skills and Experience

This is a stand-up paddleboard (SUP) and this sport has become increasingly popular in recent years. While rigid boards were normal for a while, the majority are now inflatable, which makes them transportable and also easier to manage on the water. In fact paddleboarding is easier than it looks - you just have to concentrate and stay balanced - unless of course you're planning to do it in big waves or other difficult conditions.

It's been said that paddleboarding is less about skill than experience. The skill is not complex and can be quickly learned. On the other hand, since this is an activity in which nature can have an influence, unexpected things can happen, even in the calmest conditions. Here's where experience becomes important, recognising situations and knowing what to do.

Some activities, which are obviously rules-based (e.g. playing bridge) rely more on skill, although experience must count to some extent. An example of an area in which skill and experience are equally important is medicine since, even in such a controlled environment, the unexpected is always a possibility.

A big challenge for businesses is to be aware of the situations that colleagues might face. Then it's a question of designing training that is both formal and informal so that the right mix of skill and experience can be gained.


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