Most children grow up with a large number of unnecessary self-imposed limitations. Not knowing their options, and not understanding their own capabilities, are two of the biggest reasons for kids unnecessarily limiting themselves. But in many cases, these unnecessary limits have been placed on children by parents, schools, and other institutions of society.
In order to help Dangerous Children to stretch their limits, they are recommended to master a wide range of “mobility skills,” including flying, swimming, SCUBA, boating, navigation, mountaineering, survival in several difficult environments, and stealth.
In the US, a youth must be 16 years old to solo in a powered aircraft, and 17 years old to obtain a private pilot license. Unpowered gliders can be soloed at age 14. Source
Kids can learn to fly — both ground school and flight school — while quite young, if accompanied by a licensed pilot. Al Fin’s father began teaching him to fly around the age of 8.
Flight school will help kids pass their written exam, then they can log flight instruction hours from a licensed instructor. They can solo at age 16, spend a year accumulating cross-country flight hours and other required hours, then pass their flight and oral exams at age 17. What they do after this is up to them — Dangerous Children can support themselves at least 3 different ways by the age of 18, so they can choose how to spend their own funds.
Al Fin learned to SCUBA and rock climb from close friends as a teen, then went on to get more advanced training and experience from instructors.
Al Fin taught himself to sail, and lived to tell about it! Was finally released from that Cuban prison camp when he convinced Fidel that he was not a Yanqui spy. Not recommended. 😉
Public Navy Seal Training Programs Age 16 and Up
Other high adrenaline adventures:
Covert Ops “missions”
Intense 2 and 4 day training missions
Simulators are Getting Better
Affordable simulators for a number of air, ground, and water vehicles have been available for a number of years. The same is true for reasonably realistic war gaming and combat simulators. But as affordable, high quality virtual reality arrives, the best simulators are likely to move to VR, accompanied by a number of realistic dynamic seats and platforms for a more believable experience.
Dangerous Children will be able to learn long-distance navigation, reconnaissance, and rendezvous skills via air, sea, undersea, and ground, at much younger ages than they will be able to obtain licenses for the sophisticated vehicles that will be simulated. Orienteering — with and without GPS and other electronics — can be easily integrated into the simulation exercises. Kids would rather participate in realistic adventures containing a certain element of danger, and realistic simulations will help to prepare Dangerous Children for the real thing.
Each Dangerous Child is Unique
Each child has different aptitudes, inclinations, and maturity levels. Dangerous Children are taught impulse control and emotional balancing at an early age, as well as other executive function skills. Dangerous Child motor skills training is also particularly advanced, allowing the child and youth a higher level of confidence when confronted with potentially hazardous situations.
But some children will be ready for some training at age 8 or 10, while others may need to wait until 12, 14, or even 16. Development and maturation of mind and body occur at different times for different children.
As we begin to lay out curricular timelines, we will attempt to present them as age ranges rather than fixed ages.