COVID-19 Information

The following is intended to guide PYSF employees, volunteers, parents and sailors to the mandatory safe practices needed in order to adhere to the State of CA and the San Mateo County Health Orders. PYSF is an Outdoor Business and has various guidelines and restrictions that must be met in order to continue running classes. All employees, parents and sailors must sign that they have read and understand the below documents before arriving at PYSF. This is to ensure the PYSF community stays safe, healthy and the business remains operational.

Code of Safety Practices

1. Do not come to PYSF if you have been feeling sick, showing any covid symptoms or have come into contact with someone who may have been diagnosed with COVID-19 within the last 14 days. Examples of symptoms:

  • Fever (above100.4 F/ 38 C)

  • Unexplained fatigue

  • Diarrhea/loss of appetite

  • Cough

  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing

  • Chills

  • Repeated shaking with chills

  • Muscle pain

  • Headache

  • Sore throat

  • New loss of taste or smell

2. Parents & PYSF community members must take their temperature prior to coming to PYSF, and must confirm it is lower than 100.4 F/ 38 C

  • A fever is 100.4 F or higher with multiple readings

  • PYSF Staff will watch for covid19 symptoms, if you are determined to show any signs of sickness, parents will be notified, and the sailor will be isolated until the parent picks up.

  • Anyone showing any covid 19 symptoms, will be asked when the symptoms started, will be sent home, and asked to consult their personal doctor for medical advice.

  • Returning to PYSF requirements: need at least 72 hrs since resolution of fever (100.4 F/38 C) without anti-fever meds AND improvement in respiratory symptoms PLUS at least 10 days since symptoms first appeared

3. All Sailors and their families will be required to enroll in the PYSF communication system for immediate notification. Signal will be used for immediate notification. Email will be used on a regular basis. Registration requires monitoring BOTH for the duration of camp.

4. PYSF Staff, Sailors and Parents must follow PYSF Code of Safety Practices, Sailor Code of Conduct and Parents’ Code of Conduct, disciplinary measures (as will be detailed in those documents) will be strictly enforced.

5. PYSF Staff, Sailors and Coaches that travel outside the state of California will need to complete a 10-day quarantine (or 7 days with a negative test) from PYSF before returning to practice.

Additional Precautions

  • Thoroughly wash hands before arriving at PYSF, immediately after leaving, and anytime you touch high contact areas for at least 20 seconds with soap and water or alcohol-based hand rub.

  • Always cover your cough or sneeze and wash hands with soap and water afterwards.

  • PYSF requires each sailor to bring personal hand sanitizer and highly suggests sailors store a mini sanitizer in their life vest at all times. Hand soap and water will be provided in the restrooms (as long as supplies are available).

  • No sharing of ANY personal belongings, water bottles, food, gear, equipment, sunscreen, towels, etc.

  • Sailors will provide their own drinking water and bring pre-filled water bottles (a minimum of 64oz) to each practice. Water stations & drinking fountains are not available.

  • Avoid touching doors, handles, gates, fences, tables, benches etc. with your hands.

  • Helmets & Life Jackets will not be available to borrow from PYSF.

  • Clothing and Gear should be removed carefully, keeping adequate distance from others, and washed daily with soap and water.

  • At the end of the day, put away items, and promptly depart the property to minimize everyone’s potential exposure and/or breaking of social distancing rules.

  • Only children enrolled in camp may enter the fenced area, and head to the assigned classroom area. No parents/family members may enter the area.

  • Debriefs/meetings will be held with sailors at a minimum of 6ft distance or on Zoom calls

  • To avoid crossing paths at gates, docks, ramps, slips, bridges, and other tight locations thus breaking social distancing, use the specified flow/directions established by PYSF and be considerate.

  • Communication with Coaches and PYSF employees should be done by phone or email to limit time at the facilities.

  • Personal belongings may be stored on assigned shelves, while sailing, provided they are secured in a gear bag.

  • Boats may be sailed double handed within the FJ and 420 classes.

  • Pets are NOT allowed on the PYSF property and must remain in the car.


  • Restroom doors will be propped open during PYSF hours.

  • Bathrooms will be limited to one person at a time.

  • Use a barrier (cloth/paper) to touch all surfaces, open doors, turn on/off faucets.

  • Keep restrooms neat and tidy and dispose of paper/wipes in trash cans.

  • Hand sanitizer will be outside the main door to the bathroom and must be used upon exit.

  • Give a few minutes of wait time after another person has exited the restroom.

  • Be respectful and loudly say “Hello” before entering the restroom.

  • Give a minimum of 6ft of distance from the bathroom door while you wait.

Sailing Gloves

  • PYSF suggests that sailors wear gloves while sailing to protect hands from injury, but sailing gloves do not protect from transmission of disease.

  • Sailing gloves are not a replacement for washing hands.

  • Sailing gloves and items that come in contact with your face should be washed with soap and water after use.

Face Coverings CDC Face Coverings

  • Face coverings/buffs/gaiters shall be worn at ALL times whether inside or outdoors on the PYSF property, including coach boats.

  • Face coverings, while sailing, are optional. Sailors should avoid touching their face.

  • All sailors are required to have a face covering, in their life vest or around their neck, while on the water, which can be utilized as a mouth and nose covering when on the coach boat, being towed, or heading to shore.

  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth.

  • The cloth face covering is not a substitute for social distancing.

  • The cloth face coverings recommended are not surgical masks or N-95 respirators. Those are considered critical supplies that should be reserved for healthcare workers and other first responders, as recommended by CDC.

PYSF Containers/Office/Work Room

  • All sailors will remain outside while at PYSF. The Blue Containers will NOT be open to sailors at this time, only coaches/staff may enter indoor facilities.

Boat & Gear Cleaning

  • Instructors are responsible for washing down boats for the learn to sail classes after use.

  • Race team members will be responsible for washing down boats, after each use, under the supervision of the coaches/instructors.

  • Soap and water will be provided by PYSF.

  • Sailors should wash hands/sanitize after washing boats and cleaning gear.

Isolation Plan

  • In the instance of a sailor showing symptoms of COVID-19 while at PYSF

    • Instructor will move sailor to conference room.

    • Instructor will call parent once sailor is confined to room.

    • Parent instructed to pickup child immediately (no more than 1 hour away)

    • Instructor will wait outside conference room door, keeping sailor in view through closed glass door.

    • All parents within symptomatic child’s class are notified via email by end of day (5pm).

    • Once child is escorted off-site by their parent, Instructor will wipe down conference room surfaces and open windows and doors for ventilation.

Response Plan to Breaking Safety Practices:

  • While we recognize this is a youth camp, it is imperative that we adhere to the Safety Practices to ensure that our staff and community remain safe. Our staff will be teaching and showing the campers how to follow the practices. In the chance that someone is not following the safety practices, we have laid out our response here. There are two types of infractions regarding Sailor/Parent Code of Conduct, and Code of Safety Practices: Minor vs. Major

  • Minor Infraction Examples

    • Accidentally breaking social distancing rules

    • Not wearing mask/buff on PYSF premises

    • Accidentally entering PYSF containers, workshop, office

  • Minor Infraction Response:

    • Sailors requested verbally to adhere to Sailor Code of Conduct more than 3 times will be asked to leave for the day. If a sailor repeats the action the following day, they will be removed from the class and unable to attend. This is for the safety of all campers, staff, community. And to ensure PYSF can remain operational.

    • Parents will be notified via email for minor infractions of Code of Conduct and/or Code of Safety Practices at the end of day.

  • Major Infraction Examples

    • Arriving at PYSF with COVID-19 symptoms

    • Purposely ignoring Instructor/Coach direction

  • Major Infraction Response:

    • Parent will be contacted and child will be removed from the class