Frequently Asked Questions
Who needs a Participant Agreement?
Every person who sails or paddles on a boat at Sail Sand Point must have a current Participant Agreement (previously known as our boat use waiver) on file. Beginning in 2018, if you sign the Participant Agreement online or in person it is good indefinitely, so no need to fill out another one unless you would like to update any of your information. Click here to fill yours out!
Are scholarships available?
Yes! Please apply for one if you have any hesitation about the cost of any of our classes. The application is brief and does not require financial information. Scholarships can be given out for all classes and are appropriate for a wide variety of situations including limited financial resources, unemployment, students, adults or youth interested in taking several classes, and families enrolling siblings. Check out the scholarship page for information and the application. We hope to have an online application soon!
Which adult sailing class should I take?
New to sailing? Check out our Adult Sailing 101- Sailing Basics Class.
Already taken Adult Sailing 101, have some prior sailing experience, or just getting back into sailing? Our Adult Sailing 102: FJ Sailing just might be the perfect fit for you.
- Just want to try sailing out for a day and see what you think? Check out our Hobie Wave Experience class.
Which sailing class should my child take?
Class placement for youth is very important and greatly depends on age, weight, and ability. The following are a few tips to get you started:
- If your child is ages 8-12 and new to sailing, the best fit is Youth Beginner- Starting to Sail Solo.
- If your child is ages 8-12 and has previous sailing experience (such as Opti 1 and Opti 2 from previous summers), they may be ready for Youth Intermediate-Picking Up Speed. Some children may prefer to repeat Youth Beginner, and that is okay! The classes are meant to be repeatable, and children can learn new things each time they take the class.
- If your child is ages 12-17 and new to sailing or transitioning out of Optis, the best fit is Teen Beginner- Intro to Team Sailing. This class also offers one Girls Only session, and three High Schooler only sessions.
- If your child is 12-17 and has previous experience sailing multi-handed boats (such as Sailing 1 and Sailing 2 from previous summers), they may be ready for Teen Intermediate- Full Speed Ahead. This depends on the child, and sailors are always welcome to do the beginner class several times if they prefer.
Have a kid who loves to do it all? Our Junior Explorers and Adventure Camps are great options for kids who want to mix it up during camp and try a few different activities. Both camps incorporate sailing, kayaking and stand-up paddleboarding.
Would your child enjoy learning to sail with a science perspective? Sailing into STEM combines sailing with science and discovery. This camp is targeted to kids ages 12-15.
- If your sailor is ready to take their skills to the next level, a racing camp could be the next step. We offer racing camps for ages 8 to 17 for experienced young sailors who want to push their skills farther, by taking on new challenges.
If you would like a staff member to make class recommendations, contact the office at (206) 525-8782 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
How do I rent a boat?
Rentals at Sail Sand Point are done through Open Boating, a program that allows proficient sailors to check out boats during Open Boating hours. For people who want to test out our boats before committing to a season pass, our boats are available at an hourly rate. For more information, see the Rentals page. Sailors who know how to sail simply need to pass a Skills Proficiency Test in order to use Sail Sand Point’s boats.
What kinds of boats do you have? Do you have boats that are not sailboats?
Our main sailing fleet consists of Optimists, Lasers, Flying Juniors, RS Quests, Hobie Waves, Hobie 16s, and 2.4mRs. We also have a Catalina 14.2 and a Catalina 16. Sail Sand Point also rents kayaks and stand-up paddleboards (SUPs). Click here to go to Our Fleet page!
Can I store my boat at SSP?
A boat yard is available for small boats and kayaks that can be hand-launched and do not have motors. See the Boat Storage page for additional information, including fees and availability. All boats must be used at least 8 times per year to be kept in the SSP boat yard.
“I want to learn how to sail…”
Sail Sand Point offers a range of classes for youth and adults who are just beginning to sail. Visit the Summer Camps and Adult Classes pages to read about these classes. We also offer reasonably-priced private lessons if our upcoming classes don’t work with your schedule, or if you are looking for 1-on-1 instruction. All SSP classes and lessons are taught by US Sailing-certified instructors.
“I need a refresher on how to sail…”
You have two great options. During the summer months, SSP offers FREE ‘refresher’ classes during Open Boating. These are designed to get sailors with previous knowledge up to speed and to teach you how to rig certain boats. Basic sailing knowledge is not taught in these classes. If you can’t take a Refresher class, you can schedule Private Lesson with one of our US Sailing-certified instructors here.
“I’d like to improve my sailing skills…”
We offer some Intermediate and Advanced classes, especially for youth. Read through descriptions of these classes on the Youth Sailing and Adult Sailing pages. Our US Sailing-certified instructors are also happy to tailor a Private Lesson to your interests. Of course, the best way to improve is to practice, so sign up for Open Boating and come down as often as you’d like! If you are comfortable sailing by yourself and would like to see what racing is all about, check out SPYS & SPOT (for youth) or Monday Night Racing (for adults).
“How do I register for a class?”
Explore class options and details using SSP’s online registration system.