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SMSA Junior Training FAQ

18. How can I or my child become a member of Southern Maryland Sailing Association?
19. Can my child sign up for more than one session?
20. What does my child need to bring?
21. We've registered for a course and can no longer attend - can I get a refund?



1. Do I have to be a member of SMSA to participate in Junior Sailing Camps?
No. The programs are open to SMSA members and Non-members.   Children of families who aren't members can join as Junior members of SMSA.  

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2. How old does my child need to be to participate? 

Sailors must meet the age requirements for each class by the first day of the session. 

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3. How do I know if I am enrolled in the class?
When you submit your online registration form you will immediately receive an email response from us confirming the receipt of your application. 

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4. What kinds of sailing apparel should I have for my child?
All sailors must have their own Type III US Coast Guard approved PFD (lifejacket). Additionally, all sailors should be well equipped with sun protection including sunscreen lotion, hat, sunglasses, and long sleeved t-shirt. Sailors ideally should also have a spray top,(preferred) windbreaker or rain jacket to keep them dry if there is rain or splashing while sailing. Clothes should be able to dry quickly and sailors should have extra dry clothes to wear after sailing. Bring a towel!

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5. Where can I get sailing clothes?
You can get sailing clothes at West Marine, Sailing Supply, or at sports outlets like REI or Sport Chalet. You should be looking for clothes that offer good skin coverage and dry quickly.

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6. What types of sunscreen and sun protection should I use?
  Sailors should buy waterproof sunscreen that is SPF 30+. It is important to find a sunscreen that doesn't burn the eyes. When children sweat sunscreen will end up in their eyes. Nothing can ruin a great day on the water faster than a sunburn.

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7. My child has sailed before on a keelboat... with the scouts... at camp, etc. What class would be best?
Sailors with little or no experience steering a boat should enter a beginner class.  Students who have previous experience sailing a small boat by themselves can enter an intermediate class.  If your child is an experienced sailor the Advanced Teen Racing class may be for them.

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8. When do I need to start thinking about buying a sailboat for my child?
Every family is different, but if you're child really likes sailing, the only way to really get the most out of the sailing experience is to have a boat that is your own.

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9. Can I come and watch my child learn to sail?
Parents are welcome to observe their child's class from a distance. History has shown many young sailors deal with the challenges of learning to sail best without the distraction of having a parent present.

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10. Will my child be safe if there is inclement weather?
We always practice safe procedures at SMSA. We do not cancel class on rainy days. Sailors should be prepared to sail as usual and they should be equipped with foul weather gear. Bring a change of clothes!

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11. Do I have to own a boat to be in the program?
No. Use of club boats is included in the class fee.

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12. How well does my child have to swim?
They need to be secure and comfortable in the water. Swim test is 75 ft swim any stroke, 2 minute tread water, and putting a life-jacket on in the water. This is done in the water at the dock behind the clubhouse.

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13. What is taught in each of the classes?
The SMSA program emphasizes safety, learning, and foremost FUN, by teaching sailing, seamanship and navigational skills, plus an introduction to racing. Our program helps participants develop self-reliance, self regulation, sportsmanship, knowledge adn respect for the environmnet while ensuring boating safety awareness.  With a combination of classroom time and on the water time, classes are designed to teach the basic skills of sailing to beginners and to help hone the skills of more advanced students.

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14. I lost my... ? Could you let me know if you see it?
Yes, if it is clearly marked with your name and phone #. Clothes and especially life-jackets should have full name and phone # in a conspicuous place. Sailing gear should be labeled with the sail number using an etcher or die punch. You should also label your name on gear with indelible ink.

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15. Can I leave my children at the Sailing Club while they are not in class?
No. 

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16. Who teaches SMSA's classes?
Our courses are taught by US Sailing certified instructors which includes First Aid and CPR training.

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17. What boats do we use to teach sailing?
The SMSA learn to sail program uses Optimists and Sunfish sailboats. The Advanced Teen Racing Program utilizes Club FJs. Family and Adult Learn to Sail uses Sunfish and small keelboats (ex: San Juan 21).

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18. How can I or my child become a member of Southern Maryland Sailing Association?
Contact our membership chairperson at membership@smsa.com.

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19. Can my child sign up for more than one session? 
Yes, many students participate in multiple sessions. This is a great way to improve skills.

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20. What does my child need to bring? 
1.      Life Jacket Type III PFD (must fit properly to child’s size and weight)
2.      Water Bottle

3.      Swim Suit

4.      Sack Lunch

5.      Water Shoes (closed toes, no sandals or flip-flops. Old tennis shoes work)

6.      Sunscreen/Sun-block (apply before camp and at lunch)

7.      Extra T-shirt

8.      Towel

9.      Hat (light color ball caps work)

10.    Sunglasses are a good idea with strap.
11.    Helmet (bicycle or skateboard style helmets are good). Required for kids intro to sail and beginner dinghy classes

Personal Flotation Devices (life jackets) will be worn any time the participant is in/on the water or on the dock, except for during the swim test. It would be a good idea to have each of the participant's articles properly marked with their name. SMSA will not be responsible for lost or stolen articles.

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21. We've registered for a course and can no longer attend - can I get a refund?
You are entitled to a refund of the course cost (less applicable processing fees based on method of payment) if a refund request is received in writing more than 30 days prior to the course start dateRefund requests must be emailed to junior@smsa.com. 

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