Life Jackets

Every student must bring a United States Coast Guard (USCG) approved life jacket with an attached whistle to every class, or they will not go out in the boats. There will be NO exceptions. The jacket must be the right size and labeled with the child’s name. The jacket will 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 and 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. Sun is pleasant but can become too much of a good thing. Preparing for all kinds of weather prepares a sailor for all kinds of enjoyment.


Closed-toe 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.


Everyone is encouraged to bring their own water bottle and hydrate during lessons. BSS supplies water to refill them.