WHERE ARE THE CLASSES HELD?
Our summer sailing program is held at the TYC Wollochet Bay Outstation in Gig Harbor. Click on VISIT to find driving and location directions.
IS TRANSPORTATION AVAILABLE FROM TACOMA?
We will try to help facilitate carpools. On the first day of camp, there will be a parent meeting and carpooling will be discussed at that time.
WHAT CLOTHES ARE BEST FOR SAILING?
You should dress for the weather. A nylon or poly t-shirt and shorts are usually the best clothes. Avoid cotton and wear poly or quick-drying fabrics if possible. You will likely get wet most days. Swimming trunks for boys are good, and girls can wear shorts over a bathing suit. A light jacket or sweatshirt is good on cloudy or cool days.
We ask that students not go barefoot. Tennis shoes are OK, but water proof sandals like Tevas are best.The campsite is graveled and the docks are splintery. Flip-flops are not recommended.
WHAT SHOULD I BRING - AND NOT BRING?
Every day you should bring a bag with: a change of clothes, a snack, a water bottle, sunscreen, sunglasses with a backstrap, a towel, and your PFD. Things may get wet - come prepared.
Please leave knives, games, toys, electronics, etc at home. OK to have a phone to call mom.
DO I NEED A LIFE JACKET (PFD)?
If you have a PFD that fits you or you can get one, that is good. We have a collection of PFD's in a variety of sizes for kids to borrow. You must have a PFD to be on the docks and in boats.
WHAT HAPPENS ON THE FIRST DAY?
We will introduce you to the outstation and the boats you will be using. You may go out with an instructor if sailing is a new experience for you.
On the first day Youth, Teen and Intermediate students will pass a swim test by swimming 20-30 feet in your life jacket. We will also practice capsizing and righting a boat. Once you have demonstrated capability in swimming and capsizing, you will be able to sail by yourself.
Jellyfish will go swimming, but not capsizing.
DO I NEED TO BRING FOOD OR WATER?
You are welcome to bring a healthy snack (granola bar or something in a zipped bag) and a water bottle. We provide clean water for drinking. Please do not bring other kinds of drink. There are critters at camp that will enjoy getting into your bag while you are sailing (crows, racoons, squirrels) so a zippered bag is best.
WHAT IF I HAVE AN EPI-PEN OR OTHER MEDICAL DEVICE?
These are important to bring to sailing class, and we hope you never have to use it, but we ask that these be put in a zipped plastic bag with instructions for use and are given to your instructor. We will keep them in a secure location throughout the class and it will be returned to you each day. Be sure your parent tells us about your situation on the Medical Release Form so we can respond properly. Medical conditions will not limit a child's acceptance to our program.
DO WE HAVE CAMP IF IT RAINS?
Usually we will have camp. If it is raining so come prepared if conditions are intermittent. Occasionally we will have a downpour rain day. If this happens, an email will be sent early in the morning to students with instructions for the day. Parents should monitor their email if they are unsure about the weather conditions. No news is good news - class is on.
ARE MY INSTRUCTORS PREPARED FOR EMERGENCIES?
All instructors are certified in CPR and First Aid. We conduct an emergency preparedness drill during staff training. We are in contact with the Gig Harbor Fire Department prior to summer and they know where we are. There is ice for "booms", and emergency kits on the whalers.
WHAT IF WE NEED TO CHANGE SESSIONS OR CANCEL?
With notice and availability a camper may change from a registered session to a later one. Contact the Director via email or phone with your plans. Click here for further information on the TYC Junior Sailing Camp Cancellation Policy. Refunds will be issued as an adjustment to your credit card account.
MAY I ATTEND MORE THAN ONE SESSION?
Yes, you may. Please register for one session and pay in full. Notify the Director by email of your intent. Instructors will decide if a child is eligible to move up to the next level or are advised to repeat the same level. If space is available your request will be accepted. Subsequent tuition will be accepted in the form of a check - the registration will be handled manually by the office.
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