Frequently Asked Questions

Who needs a Participant Agreement, or Waiver?

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. Scholarships can be given out for all classes and are appropriate for a wide variety of situations. Check out the scholarship page for information and the application.

How do I register for a class?

Explore class options and details using SSP’s online registration system. Registration opens on February 1st at noon for youth camps and adult classes.

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 lessons 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 a Private Lesson with one of our US Sailing-certified instructors here.

I’d like to improve my sailing skills

We offer Intermediate and Advanced classes for all ages. 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 Youth Racing or Monday Night Racing (for adults).

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 fleet of windsurfers! Sail Sand Point also rents single and double kayaks and stand-up paddleboards (SUPs). Click here to go to Our Fleet page!

Which adult sailing class should I take?

  • New to sailing? Check out our Adult Sailing 101 Class.
  • Already taken Adult Sailing 101, have some prior sailing experience, or just getting back into sailing? We recommend Adult Sailing 102.
  • Just want to try sailing out for a day and see what you think? Check out our Hobie Wave Experience class.
  • Class descriptions available on our Adult Sailing page.

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, and visit the Summer Camp page for more detailed descriptions:

  • If your child is ages 8-12 and new to sailing, the best fit is Youth Beginner.
  • If your child is ages 8-12 and has previous sailing experience (such as Youth Beginner from earlier in the summer), they may be ready for Youth Intermediate. Some children may prefer to repeat Youth Beginner, and that is encouraged!
  • If your child is ages 12-17 and new to sailing or transitioning out of Optis, the best fit is Teen Beginner. This class also offers a Girls Only session.
  • 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. 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 advanced camps for ages 8 to 17 for experienced young sailors who want to push their skills further, by taking on new challenges.

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.