Frequenly Asked Questions
Why is it so hard to get into the program? We have four prams (4 AM and 4 PM spots), ten Optis, and eight 420s spots available for students in each session in a community of 2,400 homes. It is imperative you return your registration promptly, space is limited.
Does my child have to own a boat? No, the sailing program supplies sailboats for the basic sessions.
How well does my child have to swim? Although your child will wear a PFD at all times, on the first day of class he/she must demonstrate the ability to meet these minimum swimming requirements: to swim the front crawl with shoes on for 25 yards (without flotation support or swimming aids), tread water for 1 minute, and to be able to put on a life jacket while in the water. If your child does well in a swimming pool, be aware swimming conditions are very different in the Magothy River. Be sure your child is familiar with swimming in the river.
What should my child bring to class each day? Personal Flotation Device, extra dry clothes, sack lunch (if full day session), towel, full water bottle, sunscreen, hat, sunglasses, rain poncho, and a good attitude.
Is class held on rainy days? Yes, if it is only rain showers. If there is severe weather (lightning and thunderstorms), classes will be cancelled due to minimum shelter on the beach. If classes must be cancelled because of storms during the day, you will need to make arrangements to pick up your child early. Classes canceled due to severe weather will not be rescheduled.
When do the kids have to be there? Classes begin promptly at 9:00 a.m. and are dismissed promptly at 4:00 p.m. for full day students. Students who are late to class may be denied attendance that particular day. The program is not responsible for the safety of the students outside of class time. If your child will be absent, please contact the head instructor. Cape swim team members sometimes are a few minutes late and that is fine.
Can my child attend more than one session? Multiple sessions can be requested at time of registration, but are not guaranteed until the entire registration process is complete. If a sailor wants more than 1 session it is recommended to sign up for sessions 1 & 3. It is NOT recommended to sign up for all 3 sessions.
What if both parents/guardians work and cannot take a day off for Parent-of-the-Day duty? It is a good break for you and time with your child is never wasted. If you truly cannot afford one day for your child, you must recruit an adult friend or relative to take your place. As a last resort, contact other families in your session to swap assignments. Parents will receive a list of other families in their session on the first day of that session and are responsible for making last minute arrangements for coverage once the schedule has been set.
Can the program boats be used outside of class time? No.
What is the maximum student/instructor ratio? 6:1 on shore and 4:1 (sailboat: safety boat) ratio on the water.
Can I get a refund for the program? No tuition will be refunded after the start of a session. Refunds may be allowed if a student withdraws from a class prior to the start of the session, providing the registrar is able to replace the student prior to the first day of the session. Registration is nontransferable, and applies only to the student for which acceptance is granted.
How will I know if my child has been accepted? Only students accepted into the program will be notified by email. Acceptance notifications will begin going mid-March.
What happens to my paperwork/uncashed check? All paperwork is shredded at the end of the season. Un-cashed checks will also be shredded.