Policies to Know
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 reassigned to other classes due to capacity or schedule conflicts. Refunds will not be given for students who need to be reassigned due to lack of skill for the specific class. After registering and completing all waivers and payment, placement will be confirmed via email with by an automated receipt.
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.
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Class Placement and Registration Policy
Registration is open to all students ages 8 – 18. The Board and staff have the discretion to assign or reassign students based on mission, curricula, class and school capacity. Please accurately estimate your student’s skill level as refunds will not be granted for students who are not in the appropriate class but cannot be reassigned to other classes due to capacity or schedule conflicts. Refunds will not be given for students who need to be reassigned due to lack of skill for the specific class. Registration will be granted first to those with complete applications, including all forms and payment. A student will be permitted to continue in the program as long as he/she adheres to safety and discipline policies.
No Drone Policy
Drones are prohibited from flying over sailors in our care. Drones are a dangerous distraction to young sailors, and to the safety of classmates and instructors, no matter how tempting they seem as observation devices. Students whose relatives or care providers are identified sending drones over classes-in-progress shall be expelled from the program and no refunds will be provided.
Property Note and Student Observation Policy
Buzzards Sailing School (BSS) rents the clubhouse building and marina facilities. As such, the facilities, beach, and docks are private property. Facilities may be used by sailing school students only under the supervision of the Instructors during class time. BSS understands that parents may wish to view their children on the water, but we must inform you there are no public viewing areas. We appreciate your adherence to the privacy policies of our rental agreement.
Equipment Respect and Replacement Policy
Sailing is an intensely equipment dependent sport. BSS provides high-quality vessels for its students. The trained and competent staff teaches the proper rigging, launching, and recovery of all boats. This instruction includes but is not limited to the securing of spinnaker poles, sprit poles, and rudders.
BSS students shall, without any compromise, respect BSS boats, and equipment. It is the policy of BSS that boats never collide. If damage or loss occurs due to negligence, or intentional conduct of a student, it shall be the responsibility of the student and his/her family to repair boats or replace equipment at the discretion and direction of BSS. BSS at its sole discretion may elect to use insurance and shall seek deductible reimbursement and premium penalties.
The Sailing Director and/or Program Administrator shall make the determination if a violation of the above policy occurred. Further, if a student intentionally sails into another boat or object during class, including racing, the Sailing Director and/or Program Administrator may order a student off the water, and may direct the student to be excluded from BSS. No damage need occur to vessels for expulsion.