The curriculum introduces seamanship and the fundamentals of sailing for beginners according to the U.S. Sailing Association.
Students will learn basic boat handling skills, the parts of the boat, rules of the road, and basic sailing theory. They need no prior sailing experience, but should be confident swimmers. Each student must pass a swimming proficiency test prior to being accepted in the program.
Students are encouraged to help one another with rigging, launching, retrieval and maintenance of boats and equipment.
LWSS has U.S. Sailing Association certified instructors to teach the course and volunteer members of the club are also present.
The school has six 14ft Vanguard Club420 sailboats used for training students to sail. The Club420 is a dinghy sailed by two persons. We use the Club420 to teach beginner and more advanced students in developing their sailing skills. Students must be between the ages of 10 and 18 and weigh a minimum of 70 lbs. Sessions 1 thru 8 will be 1 week ALL day BASIC classes from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sessions 9 and 10 will also be 1 week ALL day classes for the Advanced students from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The program promotes self-reliance, awareness of safety, sportsmanship, team work, self-confidence and respect for others.
All sessions of classes will be located on the Pamlico River in Washington. Students will be checked in and given orientation for each session. Each student is required to submit the Application along with the Memorandum of Understanding, Medical Information Consent Form, and Waiver of Liability signed by student and parent or guardian, and returned to LWSS prior to the first day of class!
Success of the program depends upon the cooperation of all students. Students, parents and/or guardians are encouraged to volunteer their assistance with classes and activities. Parents are asked to ensure that all students engage in appropriate conduct and adhere to regulations and safety which is of the utmost importance. Behavioral problems will be dealt with promptly. Tuition and other fees may not be reimbursed should behavioral problems, safety or disruption of the program result in dismissal from the class.