Q: I’m not sure what class is right for my child. How should I choose?
A: We have classes for all age groups and levels of experience. Please refer to the class descriptions and select what you think is the best option. When classes start we can always make adjustments to class placements based our evaluation of your child’s skills and interests
Q: What should my child bring to summer sailing lessons?
A: Your child should be prepared for a day on the water. So pack for them a life jacket, sack lunch, water bottle, sun screen, towel, hat, sunglasses and close-toed shoes that can get wet.
Q: Does my child need a life jacket?
A: YES. Each student is required to have his/her own life jacket. Life jackets should be United States Coast Guard approved and properly fitted at the store. USCG Type III Personal Flotation Devices (PFDs) are recommended for sailing school. Prices usually start around $25 per jacket. JPYC does have a few extra life jackets on hand for when children occasionally forget their own.
Q: Will there be a swim test?
A: YES. Instructors will conduct a swim test of each student on the first day of sailing school. All students must take the test, including children who passed the test in prior years. The swim test requires that each child be able to swim 50 feet with clothes on, then tread water without a life jacket and then put on a life jacket in the water. Please bring a towel and change of clothes to the first class.
Q: What happens when the weather is too bad to sail?
A: We only take children out on the water when conditions are safe for their boats and their level of experience. If the weather does not allow them to be on the water, we combine classroom instruction with fun off-the-water activities to complete the day.
Q: Is there class on July 4th?
A: NO. We do not have class on July 4th and this day is not made up later in the session.
Q: What if we need to cancel? Are refunds given?
A: Class fees refunds can be made under the following conditions:
• Student does not pass the swim test
• Student/ Parent changes their mind prior to the start of the first class
Class fees cannot be returned if:
• Student has already started the class and changes their mind.
• Student signs up for full summer, but decides, after the first session, not to attend the second session.