Originally Posted by CaptJohnEasley
That was a great gesture on your part. It took no effort on your part to make his day.
AND he got bragging rights when he talks to his friends.
Your generosity to this young man will live beyond you and the young man will use the same teaching skills on his students.
Next time ask him to back it in reminding of two points, 'neutral is a gear... use it.' Talk with him about a low speed to maintain steerage.
Finally, stand by his shoulder, taking him through the backing process.
When the boat is safely inside the slip, tell him to take it out again and do it again. LOL Maybe 3 times will build his confidence .... OH YEA
LOL and if things begin to sour, tell him to take out and start over.
When his is confident.... shut down an engine..... more of a challenge and scary. LOL You might want him to practice backing straight, away from the slip.
(pick a point on land and back to it.) He will learn both rudder and speed control.
I'll bet the owner of the marina was pleased with your gesture and proud of his worker's developing ability and skills.