Important Information for Those Enrolled
Every child must bring a United States Coast Guard approved life jacket with attached whistle to every class, or he / she will not go out in the boats. There will be NO exceptions. The jacket must be the right size, in good condition, and labeled with the child's name. The jacket must be worn on the dock and in the boat at all times.
BE SURE YOUR CHILD BRINGS (CLEARLY LABELED) ADEQUATE RAIN GEAR AND WARM CLOTHING OR A TOWEL TO EVERY CLASS.
Average summer weather is a joy but it usually feels cooler on the water than on land. It's easier to stay warm than to get warm; easier to stay dry than to get dry. It's easier to remove extra layers than to regret what you left at home. WE SAIL ON RAINY DAYS unless it's too windy or thunder and lightning threaten. Sun is pleasant but can become too much of a good thing. A sunburn or chill can dampen your youngster's enthusiasm and snuff a growing love of the sport. Preparing for all kinds of weather prepares a sailor for all kinds of enjoyment.
Wearing a bathing suit under clothing and bringing a towel is advised. Sunglasses with a croakie, wearing sunblock and a brimmed hat are HIGHLY RECOMMENDED. A croakie for all eyewear is strongly recommended.
CLOSED-TOED SHOES MUST BE WORN. Boat shoes or other rubber-soled, high-traction shoes that will not be damaged by water (they will get wet) are recommended. Flip-flops and open-toed sandals are not acceptable.
All children must be encouraged to drink plenty of water while out sailing in order to avoid dehydration. Everyone is encouraged to bring their own water bottle. BSS supplies water to fill them.
We will sail on rainy days unless it is also very windy or there is the possibility of thunder and lightning. We do not offer refunds for classes cancelled due to bad weather. BE SURE YOUR CHILD BRINGS ADEQUATE RAIN GEAR AND WARM CLOTHING.
Safety is a priority at Buzzards, and all classes are held on the water. All parents should advise us upon registration of any swimming limitations their student may have. Any student who is not able to swim or tread water should not sail. BSS relies on a student's parent and /or guardian to inform us of swimming limitations.
The BSS Race Team participates in a number of regattas each season. These specific regattas are a wonderful opportunity for students to gain experience and improve their skills. At the discretion of the racing coach, and in accordance with specific guidelines, selected teams will participate in weekly regattas. Race team members may vary weekly, depending on student enrollment, skill and interest. We do not guarantee that every student will attend regattas. Coaches will accompany racers to these identified regattas, and racers will use BSS boats and equipment. While BSS will provide information and guidance on how to register for any sponsored regatta, registration fees are not covered by BSS. Students and parents are responsible for paying any regatta fees directly. Parents must also travel with their racing students to all regattas. Please refer to our calendar to see dates for the 2015 regattas.
BSS holds a mandatory information meeting at the beginning of the summer for all racing students and their parents. This is a valuable occasion to learn more about logistics and ask any questions.
Traffic Management and Cyclists:
South Road and the approaches to the sailing school are on narrow restricted roadways. While we understand the desire of students to cycle to the school, we do wish to draw your attention to the associated hazards to cars and cyclists alike. Parents of those cycling to and from the sailing school are requested to reinforce good roadway habits and a high degree of caution. Cars coming into the area to drop off or pick up are kindly requested to exercise extra caution from Pocasset Village to the region of the school, where people on the roadway are most prevalent. Pick-ups and turnarounds are matters requiring constant care as they are undertaken on South Road. Your help with any specific pick-up / drop off request is required.
Come onto Wings Neck on Wings Neck Road. Observe posted speed limits. At the "Wings Neck Trust" sign, bear left onto South Road. Proceed to Buzzards Sailing School; it will appear on the left about a half mile down the road. Traffic cones will alert you to slow down. Cyclists may turn left into the school.
Motorists should pull over in the cone-marked area to drop off students. Do not attempt to U-turn in this congested area. We also ask for your cooperation in not using local driveways for turning as these are private residences. After students have crossed the road safely, motorists should continue in the same direction to the next fork in South Road. Turn hard right at that fork and use Wings Neck Road to return. This route will seem best after you've done it once.
Property Note and Student Observation Policy:
Please note that while the Buzzards Sailing School provides a community-wide sailing program, we only rent the clubhouse building and marina facilities. As such, these facilities -- along with the beach and docks -- are private property. Facilities may be used only by sailing school students under the supervision of the Instructors during class time. While we understand that parents occasionally wish to view their children on the water, we must inform you that there are no practical public viewing areas. We appreciate your adherence to the privacy policies of our rental agreement.
No Drone Policy:
Effective immediately, flying drones over the sailors while they are in our care is prohibited. As exciting as it is to see your sailor’s progress, this is extremely dangerous for their concentration, control of their boat, and the safety of their classmates and our instructors. Students whose relatives or care providers are identified as drone users (while classes are in progress) shall be expelled from the program and no refunds will be provided.
New class weeks start every Monday, making Mondays very busy. Every Monday, after classes start for the day, our Sailing Director holds a parent meeting. This is an opportune time for parents to hear about the school, learn about class objectives for the week and upcoming regattas, and to ask questions. For those parents who attend the meeting, we kindly ask you to stand aside while the classes get underway. Meetings will start at 9:05 am.
Pick-Up / Drop-Off Time:
Please be prompt in dropping off and picking up your child. If you are late, we have to remain with your child until their ride arrives. Students are not permitted to hang around before and after lessons. Arriving 5 to 10 minutes before a class is acceptable, allowing students to stow their gear in a crate, change clothing and shoes, and apply sunblock for instance.
Our paid staff runs all lessons and activities. However, we occasionally need parents to help with events, prepare a cookout or chaperone a special event. Please contact Sue at firstname.lastname@example.org if you can help!
If there is a problem, we want to know about it. Students often talk at home but not in class. If something is truly bothering your child, please have him or her talk to our Sailing Director, or Program Administrator or call (508-563-9757). Most problems are pretty easy to fix, but we need to know about them. (Please bring any issue to the attention of the Sailing Director or Program Administrator, not an instructor.)
Buzzards Sailing School T-shirts, sweatshirts, and other merchandise are available and may be purchased at registration or at classes.
Minimum enrollment is one week but two consecutive weeks of enrollment are strongly encouraged for Learn-to-Sail Widgeons and Learn-to-Sail Optimists. You may not register a child for partial weeks, and refunds will not be given for missed classes. Please accurately estimate your student's skill level as refunds will not be granted for students who cannot be re-assigned to other classes due to capacity or schedule conflicts. Refunds will not be given for students who need to be re-assigned due to lack of skill for the specific class. Registration is considered final. Prior to the start of our summer season (regardless of what week your student is enrolled), refunds are given only if we are able to fill your child's slot. Once the season has begun, no refunds are available for any reason. BSS reserves the right to cancel any class for weather or safety considerations, and no refunds will be provided. Payments should be made by credit card (via our in-line registration).
Not sure which class to select? See our 2012 Class Selection for the Sailing Student.pdf.
The Buzzards Sailing School, Inc.
P.O. Box 906
Pocasset, MA 02559