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2021 Junior Program COVID Rules


** The Maryland Department of Health Directive regarding Youth Camp Programs states that out of state campers (those whose legal residence is not the State of Maryland) are not permitted to attend camp. We apologize for the inconvenience but we will not allow registration for out of state campers until the Directive is updated or amended to allow their participation. **


1. Participants and staff should not attend if they have a fever, are feeling sick, have been in contact with someone who may have COVID-19, or have displayed any illness symptoms within the last 14 days.

2. Health Screening: A pre-camp health screen will be signed by the student and parent before arriving to camp. If a participant or staff member exhibits a temperature of 100.4 degrees or higher, they will be removed from the group and administered a second temperature test. If the temperature is 100.4 degrees or higher the emergency contact will be notified, and the participant sent home for the day and asked to present a negative COVID-19 test before returning to the center.

3. Participants and staff should thoroughly wash hands with soap and water multiple times a day and avoid touching their face. Hand washing stations will be available near the launching zone to avoid crowded bathrooms.

4. Mandatory usage of Personal Protection Equipment (PPE): All participants and staff must use a face covering to block the spread of particulates when in the classrooms, offices, launching area, sailing with another individual or in close proximity to other sailors/coaches. Students or staff may remove the mask if they end up in the water to facilitate easier breathing and swimming or when singlehanded sailing away from instructors/coaches/race committee.

5. Participants and staff should maintain strict social distancing no less than six feet apart. Common sailing safety procedures, such as capsize recovery, man overboard, equipment breakdowns, etc. may require instructors to come in close contact with sailors for short periods of time. This should only occur when absolutely necessary.

6. The Osprey class will be using the 420 which is sailed with two students per boat. This will allow the students to safely sail together and properly learn how to sail as a skipper and/or crew. Students will be assigned a partner for the week/summer to limit new exposures. If this is a concern, it is recommended to register with family or current close contacts and the student will be assigned one of the close contacts to be a partner. It is also recommended to look into the Blue Crab (Opti) class which is a single handed boat.

7. Lunches will be consumed in designated areas around the club house. Students are not to share food or drinks at any time during the program.

8. Do not share lifejackets, water bottles, sunscreen, food, or any other personal items.

9. Grouping numbers will reflect state guidelines for gathered groups and will not exceed the US Sailing safe boating ratio.

10. Staff will be trained and required to follow all cleaning and sanitation protocol as outlined by the CDC for the prevention of COVID-19 infection. Group activities are designed to minimize the use of shared equipment. Sailing Center buildings and equipment will be cleaned and sanitized before, during and after camp each day.

11. Use caution, be courteous, and practice safe social distancing when passing by others on docks, ramps, slips, bridges and other tight locations.

12. Refunds will only be given before June 1st less a $25 processing fee. Days missed as a result of illness, homesickness, inclement weather, or factors outside SMSA control (ex: pandemic related issues), etc. are also not eligible for a refund. Please see Class FAQ for full details.


These guidelines were compiled from the CDC, US Sailing, and Gowrie Risk Report on Management of COVID-19 to ensure the health and safety of all participants and staff. Any individual who does not abide or has blatant disregard for best practices may be asked to leave the program without a