Due to an overwhelming response from our customer base, DBMS‘s Junior Sailing program decided to make a pretty big change to the traditional 3-week summer sailing model. You spoke up and we listened!
As you may have read from our last blog post about this, Junior Sailing will be running four 2-week sailing sessions instead of three 3-week sailing sessions. (To review that post, please click here.)
So far, this has been very well received within the local sailing community and local parents of junior sailors. However, we’ve had a few calls asking to better explain the breakdown of the 2-week sailing periods.
Earlier in the week, I sat down with Junior Sailing director, Chris Lash, to elaborate on some of the questions we’ve been asked.
Will students have enough time on the water now that the sessions are only 2-weeks long?
- Yes, in fact, students will now have more time on the water with this new 2-week model! The 2-weeks will be broken into one ‘short week’ with classes lasting 3 hours each day, and one ‘long week’ with classes lasting 6 hours each day. The breakdown of hours spent on the water during each 3-week session was 35 hours, whereas the hours being spent on the water with the new 2-week model will be approximately 45!
Will students be on the water for the full 6 hours during the ‘long week?’
- No, students will not be kept on the water for the full 6 hours. After 3 hours, students will be brought back to DBMS where they will de-brief the morning with their instructors and relax before the afternoon sailing session. During this time, students may pack a lunch or bring a snack. All students will need to stay on campus for the afternoon break between morning and afternoon sailing sessions.
Will the schedules still be based on the tide?
- Yes, we will still be running on a tidal schedule. However, this two week program will have fewer late nights and early morning drop-off and pick-up times. We are hoping that this will make it easier on parents when putting together their summer schedules. To view the 2-week summer sailing calendar, please click here.
Are there still one week (and shorter) sailing classes available?
- Yes, we still have plenty of one week and 1-3 day classes available! To view the calendar for these classes, please click here.
Will students be able to fit more than one sailing session into their summer break?
- YES! This new model will allow Junior Sailing students thew opportunity to participate in additional courses! Since the courses are now only 2-weeks long and are offered 4 times during the summer, it allows for more flexibility in regards to scheduling another course. (For instance, your Opti Magic student could now schedule to take Opti 2 while the skills were still fresh rather than wait until next summer to take it.)