our Sailing Program Parents!
2014 program runs
Monday June 30th to Thursday August 21st.
An update on
the Squantum Yacht Club Junior Sailing Program plans for the
upcoming season. More
information will follow.
For the first
time ever - Squantum Sailing has registered with the
Quincy Health Department
as a "camp." We are working very hard - particularly Rob
Dolbec, to bring the
program into full compliance with both city and state summer camp
laws and regulations.
This is quite a bit of work this first time out - but we believe
that it will be well
worth the effort. As a part of the program registration, we are
establishing protocols and
policies for the operation of the program and the safety and
protection of the participants.
Dolbec) were required to draft for adoption: a staff background
check policy; a health
care policy; a discipline policy; a fire evacuation plan; disaster
plan; a lost participant
plan and more. I think all parents will appreciate the benefit to
the program by
submitting to the "camp" regulations. It is after all for
the safety of the kids.
instructors are being certified as US Sailing level 1 instructors
and each will be trained
in CPR and first aid. Jill and Lilly are returning as instructors,
Jill will be head instructor.
Mike Porter will be with us as a junior instructor and he will help
to keep the instructor
boats fueled and at the ready.
previously communicated to all that we wanted to get the
registration materials out
to you in April of this year. The effort to come into compliance
with the camp regulations
has caused a slight delay in getting you the registration materials
- the camp regulations
even impact the registration forms and promotional materials. We
will get these
materials out to you in the very near future.
meantime - you can gather some information that you will need to
complete the registration
process more quickly when you do get the materials - I think every
parent/guardian is familiar
with the "health forms" you get from your child's
form is given to schools each year and to most organized sports
programs. One of the health department requirements for
"camps" is that we have on record the information
generally found on these health forms - included is the date of last
doctor’s visit, immunization status and brief medical
history/activity restrictions. This is NOT the full medical
record of your child. This form/information is REQUIRED of every
participant in the
program this year - so contact your pediatrician now and get the
form for each of your
kids that is participating this year.
Also - we are
required to confirm that all participants meet the 8 years old by
July 1st minimum age
requirement. To do so, we ask that all first-year participants have
a Birth Certificate
for registration. We will look at the certificate to confirm the
date of birth and will
return the Certificate. We will not keep the Certificate.
registration will take place on Saturday, June 7th from 12:00pm –
2:00pm at the yacht
club. If for some reason you cannot make the registration time
please contact Marybeth
Porter @ email@example.com to
make arrangements. The full
fee for the
program is due at
the time of registration. No exceptions. I am not going to spend
my time chasing parents who owe the program money. It is not fair to
me or to the other
parents who have paid in full as required. Although this program is
likely the cheapest
8-week program you will ever find - we are trying to keep the cost
in line with last
year's rates. However, be advised that there may be a slight
increase (up to about $50)
over last year's rates to cover the cost of additional equipment,
materials and payroll.
Final word on the fee will go out with the registration materials.
has agreed to be our communication liaison. This will help to get
out in a timelier manner and give each parent a point-person to
require valid email addresses for each family and each parent will
be required to give a valid cell phone number for emergency contact
about it - you are at the office - your kids are lucky enough to be
out sailing - a storm approaches and you see the skies darkening.
Wouldn't it be great to get a text message telling you that your
child(ren) are safe and sound in the building and are not still out
on the bay?
instructors' boats are in good working order and we are committed to
keeping them that way. Paul Astrella will coordinate this effort.
Additional safety equipment and instructional materials are being
various parents' meetings held in the fall and over the winter, it
was agreed to implement a policy with regard to participants' boats.
This policy going forward is as follows:
First year participants
would strongly be encourage to provide their own boat but would
not be required to have a
boat. However, all second year and beyond participants will be
required to have their own
boat. This policy is needed so that all participants get the most
sailing instruction possible.
The thought is that it is unfair that someone can join the program
repeatedly without a boat, which then requires that a child who has
a boat must either take the non-boat owning participant with him/her
or give up their boat entirely to the non-boat owner. Either way,
the child who has the boat is losing out on sailing time and
If you need a
boat or know someone who might - get checking Craig's List and other
listings now, before the start of the season and every parent is
looking for an Optimist. The boats need not be pretty - they do take
same meetings, another policy was agreed to. It was decided to
require that a parent/guardian volunteer one day per participating
child to be at the clubhouse during program hours. The purpose is
not to have the parent/guardian 'police' the club or the
participants. The purpose is to have an adult in the club/on the
deck at all times during the program as an added measure of safety.
Many times both the steward(bartender) and launch driver must leave
the clubhouse at the same time. Our goal is to simply have an adult
presence. For example- if all instructors and participants are on
the docks and one kid forgot something in the clubhouse or needs to
go to the bathroom, he or she would have to return to the clubhouse
alone - it would be good to have an adult in the club or on the
deck. What better
way to spend summer's day than at the club! You will smile all day
watching the great fun the kids will be having.
Kelly Norris and Trish Loney will be coordinating this - so contact
Kelly to reserve your day(s) as soon as you can - firstname.lastname@example.org
It was also
agreed that we should convey to the parents and guardians that
although our program is a sailing program, the expectation
should not be that the kids will be in the boats all day every day.
To do so would make for very long days and very burned-out kids. The
program is about learning to sail - but it is also about teamwork,
social development, recreation and fun.
program calendar is as follows:
tests for new and returning participants will be administered Friday
June 27th. There is a noon-time high tide. Participants should
be at the club by 10am in bathing suit, with towel and ready to get
wet. Pizza will be provided for lunch as a "welcome" to
the kids following the test. Pick up time on June 27th is by 2pm.
will run from Monday June 30th to Thursday August 21st.
Programs days are Monday through Thursday. Program time is 9am to
noon and 1pm to 4 pm. Noon to 1pm is the lunch break. Please be
courteous and respectful to our instructors and pick up your
children on time at the end of the day.
will not meet on Thursday July 3rd.
will be required to wear a Coast Guard approved PFD at all times
during program hours and must have a whistle (one capable of working
when wet) when in the boats. They should of course be slathered in
sunblock before arriving at the clubhouse and should have a hat.
Sunglasses are a good idea as well.
will not be allowed to be used by the participants during program
planning to coordinate with the race committee to have the kid’s
race a night or two every other week. There will be pot luck supper
before it or perhaps the program will put on a dinner or two as a
fundraiser. Marybeth Porter will be coordinating this effort. This
is a great chance to see everyone and to let the kids show off their
sailing skills! Other social programs for the kids are in the works
- including a kids' dance the weekend of the Lipton Cup Regatta.
We also plan
(through Chris Harrington) to encourage the kids to do at least two
regattas this season. Chris will coordinate towing etc. As one of
the two regattas, we hope that all of our participants race in the Lipton
Cup Regatta hosted by Squantum Yacht Club. Home waters
We do have a
local business who has agreed to supply all of the kids - and the
instructors - with Squantum Sailing shirts. A perfect
way to show off the Squantum Pride at other clubs.
all your kids' boats at the club in good working order before Monday
June 30th. Check the boats out early to make sure all repairs and
replacements are done by June 30th and that there are no missing
parts or equipment. The boats do get a workout in the program so do
not assume the boats are in good shape after last season.
Also - if
something on the boat seems "good enough" then it isn't.
Sailing in even a moderate wind puts a great deal of stress on the
boats and rigs. There is no need to frighten a child because
something needlessly snaps or lets loose. The boats should be in
tip-top shape to help ensure the safety of your children and to
avoid "down-time" if the boat breaks later during the
If you need a
new sail or replacement equipment for your boat - let me know - we
have a line on these things at more competitive prices than most
Is there a
nurse, nurse practitioner, doctor, or the like among our parents??
If you are one - please email me back - I need some help with regard
to the camp registration process. Thanks!
together - we should have a great program and a great season - now
where is the warm weather??