What additional safety measures/ precautions has Bow Mar Junior Sailing instilled since 2020?
Helmets (provided), along with life jackets, must be worn at all times while sailors are on the water.
Our dedicated Junior Sailing Lifeguards are now present during all camps, open sailing, and Sunday races.
All lifeguards have additional training in open water rescue.
The committee boat is now equipped with a backboard.
A first aid kit is available for use on the committee boat.
Instructors and Lifeguards on the committee boat have implemented the use of walkie talkies so they can stay in constant communication with the lifeguards on the beach.
Class sizes have been decreased by 35% to promote safety. Additionally this creates a more conducive learning environment with more sailors access to their own sailboats.
What happens when the weather changes?
Our lifeguards are equipped and connected to apps that give real time weather, including lightning strikes. If it looks like the lightening storm and high winds are going to be short lived, the camp will take cover and resume when the weather is once again safe. However, if the weather looks concerning for a longer period of time, the staff will be contacting parents to pick up their kids. We will try and shift camp start times if we foresee unfavorable weather approaching during a camp session.
Does Jr. Sailing have a make up day?
For the 2021 season, we will be utilizing Friday afternoons after camp for make up days and additional learning sessions.
What Covid precautions is Bow Mar Jr. Sailing doing?
Sailors are encouraged to solo sail, when possible.
Sailors are asked to wear masks when a distance of 6 feet apart cannot be maintained.
We implemented daily touch-less temperature checks with a laser thermometer for our staff and our campers.
All high touch areas are being cleaned with Clorox wipes.
We are doing our best to social distance during our lunches and chalk talk.
In addition, we ask each sailor to refrain from attending camp if they are currently experiencing, or have experienced these symptoms in the past 14 days:
Elevated temperature of 100.4 or higher
Shortness of breath and / or difficulty breathing
Loss of smell and / or taste
Fatigue, muscle aches, chills
What are the different camp levels?
How old does my child need to be in order to start Jr. Sailing?
Children need to be 10 years old in order to join a camp.
Is there a lifeguard specific to Bow Mar Junior Sailing?
Yes, there is at least one lifeguard specific to sailing on duty at all times including: Camp, Open Sail & Sunday Races.
My child is older than 10, can he/ she skip Rookie camp?
No. Unless your child has previous sailing experience, or has taken private lessons, and has the recommendation from the instructor, you child must start with Rookie Camp.
Who is the Commodore?
The Commodore is Karl Engelmann and he is in command of the Bow Mar Yacht Club.
My child was able to check out a boat previously, why can't he/ she do that this year?
We are working to standardize Bow Mar Jr. Sailing. Per the Instructors' recommendations, along with the Commodore's recommendation, checking out a sailboat outside of camp times, is ONLY an option for Advanced Solo License holders. The lifeguards have a list of the Advanced Sailors that are allowed to check out a sailboat.
Can you explain camp pricing?
As of 2020, to eliminate the complicated billing, we "bundled" the pricing to include Open Sail and retesting of sailors. Prices increased by $25 for a 2 week camp.
As of 2020, Open Sailing is included with Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced Camps.
Starting in 2020, the camp season is longer than in years past (by 2 - 3 weeks), allowing for more Open Sail time.
Due to safety concerns, starting in 2020, our class sizes have been reduced by approximately 35% from previous enrollment. Camp size is limited to 10 students.
Retesting is included in the camp fee unlike in year's past.
As of 2020, Bow Mar Jr. Sailing has a dedicated Jr. Sailing lifeguard for: camps, open sail, races, and regattas.
To remain competitive among other sailing programs, in 2020 we have invested $17,000 in new sailboats. This money does not include the money it takes to maintain our current fleets.
Our 2021 goal is to replace our 40 year old Snipe boats and continue to build the Tera fleet.
Bow Mar Jr. Sailing has invested heavily in the safety and instruction of our instructors, lifeguards, and Junior Sailors.
Who can race?
Due to the limited number of sailboats, the large number of talented sailors, and the recommendation of the instructors along with the Commodore, races and regattas are ONLY open for the Advanced and Intermediate Sailors who earned their Intermediate Skills Card. Racers must be enrolled or participated in an Intermediate or Advanced camp. Instructors and Instructors in Training are also welcome to race.
Please encourage Jr. Sailors to double on the boats so all who want to race can participate (when Covid is a non-issue).
What if my child's goal is not to race?
We understand not every sailor wants to be a racer. The Advanced Camp's curriculum is primarily to teach racing skills. If your child would rather remain in the Intermediate Camp and take advantage of the Open Sail, that is an option.
My child earned a solo license previously, why is it more difficult since 2020?
We are working to standardize Bow Mar Jr. Sailing. Currently, and in years past, the Solo License was typically awarded to sailors that gained expertise in a number of sailing categories and that mastered sailing the different fleets of the Bow Mar Yacht Club. Earning an Advanced Solo License is a tremendously celebrated achievement that often takes years of effort and expertise to obtain. The stricter guidelines were recommendations from the certified Instructors and the Commodore of the Bow Mar Yacht Club to promote safety on the water, especially when a Bow Mar Jr. Sailing dedicated lifeguard is not present.
Who can be in Bow Mar Jr. Sailing?
Kids 10-18 are welcome to join sailing. Bow Mar residents must be a member of BMOI. Bow Mar South residents are welcome to join, although priority goes to Bow Mar residents first. Our class sizes are small to promote safety and due to the limited number of usable boats we have.
My child broke or lost something that is Bow Mar Yacht Club property, who pays to replace it or fix it?
The parent of the child is responsible for lost or damaged property.
Who gets to go to Open Sailing Tuesday - Thursday?
Open Sailing Tuesday - Thursday is only available for Junior Sailors who are enrolled in an Intermediate or Advanced Camp, along with Instructors In Training. Bow Mar Junior Sailing has a limited number of usable boats along with a large number of participants. To maintain safety during Open Sail, we are limiting the invite to current Intermediate and Advanced sailors along with Instructors In Training per the Instructor's recommendation. Bow Mar Junior Sailing does not have enough staff to safely monitor ALL Junior Sailors during Open Sail. Another real concern is the winds typically increase during the afternoon making conditions on the water more challenging, posing a risk for the Rookie and Beginner Sailor. The instructors recognize Rookie & Beginner Sailors need a certain level of attention and instruction that is not conducive to a safe Open Sail experience.
How many Jr. Sailors can attend Open Sail Tuesday - Thursday?
Due to safety reasons, the limited number of instructors, and the limited number of boats, only 10 Intermediate and or Beginner students may attend Open Sail per day. Open Sail is first come, first serve.
Can my Beginner Sailor go to Open Sail?
Yes. The instructors have suggested that Beginner Sailors that completed a Beginner Camp should continue to build their skills by joining Open Sail one day a week, on Wednesdays. Please note, this invite is also extended to those students who completed a Beginner Camp from a previous season AND who are presently enrolled in Camp session for the current season. The Beginner Sailors will be paired with an Intermediate or Advanced Sailor during Open Sail to ensure a safe experience. This opportunity will also connect the Beginners with the more talented sailors that have years of experience on the water.
How does my kid advance to the next camp level?
Camp placement is based solely on the certified instructor's recommendation. Instructors will decide whether the Jr. Sailor should repeat the same camp to gain experience and build skills or "graduate" to the next level. During the 2020 season, approximately 25-30% of the sailors graduate to the next level.
Can my child join Open Sailing after taking private lessons?
No, your child needs to be enrolled in a Camp or be an Instructor In Training to join Open Sail.
Can my child take a private lesson if he/ she is not 10 years old?
Yes, children who are under 10 may take a private lesson.
Who is able to give private sailing lessons?
Private sailing lessons are ONLY to be given by the certified instructors. All private lesson students need to fill out waivers for legal reasons prior to the lesson and utilization of the sailboats.
I'm a member of the Bow Mar Yacht Club, can I check out a boat for my child?
No, only Bow Mar Yacht Club members who are 16 and over can check out a boat.
Can I sign up my grandchild for sailing camp?
Priority for our limited camp space goes to BMOI residents of Bow Mar first and then Bow Mar South residents.
Is there a discount if my child(ren) sign up for more than 1 camp?
Yes, new for 2021, a one time per season $200 discount will be honored for Jr. Sailors that are enrolled in two or more 2 +week camps. This discount can be utilized either with two kids taking one 2 week camp each, OR one student enrolled in two or more 2+ week camps.
This discount is for Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced camps only.
Can my child be in camp for only 1 of the 2 weeks?
No, at this time we are unable to split camps or accommodate 1 week sessions.