NEW SAFETY PROCEDURES
How camp will be different this year.
Group Lessons for Sailing (Chalk Talks)
- Masks are encouraged during group lessons. If campers forget their mask for the day, a disposable one can be provided.
Sailing & Rigging
- Campers will also have an assigned boat for the day chosen while rigging at the start of the day.
- Only one group at a time will be allowed on a dock at a time whenever possible. Including rigging, de-rigging, and cool down times. When staff must help other groups launch a boat, staff will wear masks.
- Staff will disinfect all high touch areas and equipment as described above
- Hand sanitizer will be used at the start of rigging, before launching and upon return to the dock.
All campers must have their own personal life jacket (PFD) and must take it home with them after every session. All loaner life jackets will be disinfected before each session. When a camper must use a loaner life jacket, one jacket will be assigned to them for use all week and it will be stored separately.
Our program emphasizes water and boating safety, skill development, and building confidence in sailing. Each day campers will have on-shore classroom sessions to learn the core concepts of sailing. This fundamental knowledge must be developed along with practical skill application. On-water sessions each day will include learning to steer the boat and trim sails with a focus on teamwork. As the week progresses, the challenge level will increase to encourage a progression of learning. Camp includes some traditional activities, songs, games, and crafts. Each day campers will rig and de-rig their boats and learn about the responsibilities of boat care. This will require cooperation within the group and, with the guidance of their counselors, we know that our campers will have fun, learn, and thrive.
Campers are divided into learning groups based on age, size, and experience. The goal is to have a group that can form lasting friendships will increasing sailing skills. All groups are led by US Sailing certified instructors and assisted by junior counselors. Campers are encouraged to participate in each level for multiple sessions within one season, or over a period of years.
Our youngest and smallest campers will take the helm for the first time in the Opti fleet, learning the basics of sailing safety and maneuvers in pairs onboard their boats. Campers will learn basic boating safety, steering and control, capsize recovery, rigging, and teamwork.
Beginning sailors ages 9 and up as well as Opti 1 graduates will increase their skill level at the helm of an Opti sailboat. Campers are encouraged to single-hand after mastering sailing in pairs. Campers will learn basic boating safety, steering and control, capsize recovery, rigging, teamwork, and single-handed sailing.
Sailors ages 11 and up will explore the waters on leisure sunfish boats, one of the world’s most popular day sailing boats. Starting off in pairs to increase confidence and get practice with a friend on board, campers are encouraged to try single-handing the boat by the end of the week. Sunfish campers spend most of their time on the water throughout the week with both morning and afternoon sailing sessions and a group raft-up.
What to Bring
When your camper arrives they will need to be dressed and ready for an active day of sailing on the lake. This means swimwear on with clothing over it, along with sturdy water shoes. Sunscreen (SPF 30 or higher) should already be applied.
Here is a list of things to bring each day in your backpack:
- CGA Class III Life jacket, the full vest style
- Athletic swimwear, no bikinis and saggy board shorts. Please make sure swimsuits fit well and can handle athletic activities.
- SPF 30 sunscreen. Campers should show up with sunscreen pre-applied and bring some extra too.
- Hat: to keep the sun off of delicate faces.
- Sunglasses with a croakie. Polarized is a plus, this really helps you to see the wind!
- Rain jacket: Camp adventures will not be stopped by rain. We will get off the water/boats and seek shelter during lightning or severe weather. It also can be cooler on the lake than it is in the city.
- Extra set of clothes to change into after swimming.
- Plastic water bottle: Proper hydration keeps our campers happy and cool. We will refill the bottles throughout the day. BPA-free water bottles are sold in our camp store.
- Lunch and snack: packed in a reusable lunchbox/bag.
NEW SAFETY PROCEDURE
Bring a face mask – Masks will be needed during the day and throughout the sheltering for inclement weather. If campers forget their mask, a disposable one will be provided.
Your smile and a good attitude!
*If a child forgets their lunch, the camp director will call the listed contact person(s). Lunch can be dropped off or we will provide a pre-packaged lunch for a fee of $5.00.
*Camp is not responsible for lost or stolen items. Please label all of your child’s belongings. Unclaimed items will be held for 1 week, displayed at check-out, then donated to charity.
Camp Behavior Policy
*Please review this with your child*
Leadership Academy’s Nashville Sail Camp wants to cultivate the sailor in your child and engage them with safe boating practices. It will be a FUN week at camp, especially if the campers already know what is expected of them. Read the guidelines below with your child.
Nashville Sail Campers are expected to be respectful to each other, their instructors and themselves. We are a camp that encourages each other and that does not tolerate put downs. We are trying to learn something that is challenging and new, so we need to have patience with the process and with each other. We always pitch in to clean up and help out. We always think about safety first! This means we make good decisions, ask questions and listen to the instructors at all times.
Camp staff will work with your child to redirect minor behavior issues with listening, cooperation or positive participation. More disruptive behavior will be brought to the attention of the camp director and the parent will be notified at check-out or called by phone.
A camper may be asked to leave camp (without a refund) if the director determines that the camper is compromising the safety of themselves or their group. This could include verbally threatening other group members or acts of aggression/violence such as hitting, kicking or biting. Also, if a camper repeatedly leaves the group unannounced and is unable to be kept safely supervised, they may be sent home without a refund.
Please administer all medications before bringing your camper to Nashville Sail Camp each day. Please alert the camp director of any issues or if your child will be bringing an inhaler or Epi-Pen. We can carry these in the chase boat on the water for quick access if needed.
Too sick to play?
Our camps do not have on-site health care facilities for resting or sick campers. If you suspect your child is sick, please keep them home from camp. If your child gets sick at camp, we will troubleshoot the basics first, for example, do they need more water, a shade break, a snack, a popsicle (these can work miracles on sick campers!!) or just a bit of chill time??? If these simple fixes don’t work, and your child is too sick to play, then we will give you a call to figure out when you can pick them up.
NEW SAFETY PROCEDURES
Parents, campers, and staff should not come to camp if they feel sick or if anyone in their household feels sick or/and has tested positive for COVID19.
Emergency Communication Plan
Although we do our best to stay safe and prevent injuries and accidents, sometimes accidents happen. In the case of an injury or an emergency, we will do our best to communicate with parents or emergency contacts as soon as possible. Once the nature of the injury/emergency has been established, parents will be notified by the camp director or the CEO. If the child’s parents cannot be reached, the designated emergency contacts will be called. If the injury or emergency is not life-threatening but requires further medical attention, the parents or emergency contacts will need to provide transportation to seek care.
Communication is always important and going forward essential. Please review your contact information in your account. We use text messages for urgent communication for weather and camp cancelations. Login to your account and review your mobile phone information.
*Please note that Nashville Sail Camp does not provide any transportation. In case of an injury or emergency, the camp staff will assess the situation and call emergency services as appropriate.