Please Come Prepared
The purpose of the student site is to provide information to students who are enrolled in one of our programs. Learning to sail, like all new endeavors, requires preparation.
Preparing for the sailing adventure
Drink plenty of water the day before sailing. With the wind and the sun, it's easy to get de-hydrated.
Recommended Safety Items
These items are recommended to all our students and staff. Remember, we are outdoors all day in Florida, it’s hot and sunny most of the time. To make your sailing experience a positive one, we recommend the following items:
Coronavirus Mitigation Procedures
General: The following procedures are intended to reduce the risk of transmission of the coronavirus between the students and volunteers, as well as their families and friends. Although our situation at ESA is arguably one of the safest environments available, it is the responsibility of everyone, students and volunteers, to behave in a manner that promotes the safety of all.
Because more than half of Covid 19 cases exhibit no symptoms, it is possible that one of the participants, a family member or friend could be infected with the Coronavirus without showing any signs. Our behavior should be based on the assumption that any of us could be carrying the virus and that we do not want to spread it to others. We expect to refine these procedures as we gain experience.
Drop off: Parents/guardians to drop children off at the the ESA area at Indian Mound Park. Parents and students are required to wear masks during drop off. Each child will be signed in by a volunteer and their temperature will be checked. The parent will be asked “To your knowledge, has anyone in your household been symptomatic or exposed to someone with symptoms within the past week?” If the temperature is over 100F, or if the parent answers “yes” to the question or if any other signs of illness are present, the child must go home with the parent. (Note: All volunteers must also meet the maximum temperature standard and not show any other signs of illness.) The child will wash their hands immediately after arrival.
During the Spring Sailing sessions in June, no lunch will be scheduled. Please bring energy bars or other sustaining snacks
Masks: Every participant must wear a mask at all times while on shore and any boat with more than one person. The mask is not required while sailing solo, but must be worn while landing. ESA will offer buff-type masks at a discount. Masks with breathing valves will not be permitted.
Distancing: Proper distancing is the best tool we have to reduce chance of exposure. Every participant must maintain proper social distancing as practical. Attention should be paid to the wind direction to reduce the chance of transmission from person to person. Distancing practices will be monitored and enforced by adult volunteers on site.
Hand washing: Hands must be washed at regular intervals during the day, including:
PFDs: Each student will be assigned a PFD for their sole use during the season. They are required to maintain the PFD at home and to bring it for each sailing session.
Readiness and storage: Boats will be stored on their dollies to reduce the amount of handling needed to rig and launch.
Rigging: Rigging will be performed by one or two students while maintaining distancing as much as practical. Only one person is permitted in the storage shed at one time. Masks must be worn during rigging and launching.
After use: Crew-contacting surfaces of boats (decks, lines, tillers, etc.)will be cleaned after use with a solution of all-purpose cleaner such as Simple Green before storage.
Pick up: Parents are to pick their child up at the designated location while maintaining proper social distancing. Parents are required to wear masks during pickup.
Safety boats: For Youth Sailing (6 boats or fewer), only one safety boat will be deployed. The boat will have a maximum of 2 crew
Radios: Radios will be disinfected each morning and after use. However, radios should always be considered contaminated and handled accordingly. Users should avoid touching their face.
Normal Youth Camp Procedures
Procedure for Signing Campers in and out of Camp
All children must be accompanied by a parent or adult guardian to the sign in table just outside our storage area at Indian Mound Park.
No child will be dropped off or picked up in the parking lot. There will be a sign in / out sheet available for signatures in the morning and the afternoon. One member is assigned the responsibility of the daily log signature sheet. Emergency contact numbers must be listed each day with the child’s name. Children will not be left alone in the event of a delayed pickup. If a pick up is delayed more than 1 hour, the child is brought to the YMCA in Englewood for safety until the parent/guardian is located. Two responsible adult ESA members will remain with child/children.
Youth Bathroom Procedure
Englewood Sailing has a strict youth bathroom procedure due to Indian Mound Park being a public park, and that the bathroom facilities are a distance away. Two background-checked adults will walk all campers, students, and those under 18 to the bathrooms in a supervised manner. We do a head count and keep a manageable number of no more than 6 campers per adult at a time. If a camper misses the call they wait for the return of the first group or another background checked adult will walk them. There are no exceptions.
Vehicle Transport Procedure
If it is necessary for an ESA member to use their personal vehicle to transport a youth, the member must ensure there is another adult member present in the vehicle.