FAQs

If you have additional questions, call 1-800-638-9192 and we will be happy to answer them. Annapolis Sailing School looks forward to sailing with you!

 

HOW LONG HAS THE ANNAPOLIS SAILING SCHOOL BEEN IN BUSINESS?  

We opened in Annapolis, Maryland in 1959.  The school has been run by the original owner or past instructors ever since.

WHEN IS THE ANNAPOLIS SAILING SCHOOL IN OPERATION?  

Our seasonal location in Annapolis operates April through the end of October.

Our Tampa Bay location operates year round

IS THERE AN AGE LIMIT FOR STUDENTS?  

There is no maximum age limit. Minimum ages listed below are a rough guideline for the classes on the Rainbows and if you have a specific question, call us.  

  • Beginners courses on Rainbows: 16 years old — Under 16 call for information.
  • Live aboard and advanced courses on larger boats: 18 years old — Under 18 call for information.
  • We also have a kids summer camp program called KidShip Sailing.  It is offer in two and five-day courses during the summer.  Smaller sailboats are used for that program.  For more information click on the KidShip logo on the bottom of this page or go to http://KidShipSailing.com or call 1-800-838-9192.

HOW FAR IN ADVANCE SHOULD WE MAKE RESERVATIONS FOR COURSES?  

Make reservations as far ahead as possible. Some courses are booked months in advance.

DO WE SAIL IF IT RAINS? 

Yes, as long as wind and wave conditions do not create an unsafe condition.

DO I NEED TO TAKE A BASIC COURSE OR CAN I, BASED ON MY PAST EXPERIENCE, SIGN UP FOR A MORE ADVANCED COURSE?  

We strongly recommend talking with one of our staff to help you answer this question, but here are some general guidelines:

If, based on your past experience, you can rig a sloop rigged daysailer, sail away from a dock or mooring, sail for the day, return the boat, unrig it, in moderate wind conditions (10-15 m.p.h.) with someone acting as crew, then you can probably skip the beginners or basic course. However if your experience has been that of crew, not skipper, or the boat that you skippered is a board type boat or of the variety with only one sail, or it has been years since you have sailed, then one of the basic courses is probably a prerequisite to taking an advanced or cruising course.

DO YOU SEPARATE FAMILY MEMBERS IN THE BEGINNERS COURSE?  

The persons listed with you on your enrollment will be in the same classroom. We recommend that family members sail on separate boats. This is only a recommendation and you may do as you wish. However, from experience, we have found that it is a quite successful method in teaching all members of the family to be skippers.

WHAT IS COVERED IN THE BASIC COURSES?  

Boat nomenclature, steering, sail trimming, putting on and taking off of sails, finding wind direction, tacking and jibing maneuvers, points of sail, right of way rules (briefly), how to deal with thunderstorms, grounding and man-overboard situations and basic chart reading.

WHAT SHOULD I BE ABLE TO DO ONCE I HAVE COMPLETED ONE OF THE BASIC COURSES?  

You should be able to rig, sail away from the dock, or mooring, day sail, return to the dock or mooring and unrig up to a 24’ daysailer in light to moderate wind conditions (10-15 m.p.h.). Of course, you must have someone aboard as crew.

WHAT DO I NEED TO BRING WITH ME WHEN I AM COMING TO THE SAILING SCHOOL?  

Sailing is most fun when you are comfortable and prepared. What follows is a list of helpful hints for you to ensure a pleasant experience learning to sail:

  • Annapolis Sailing School provides Personal Flotation Devices (PFDs) to all our students. If you have your own USCG approved PFD, feel free to bring it with you.
  • Boat Shoes are to be worn at all times. If you do not own boat shoes, white-soled tennis shoes will suffice. Keep in mind the possibility of your feet getting wet!
  • Annapolis Sailing School sails in rainy weather (unless notified), so be prepared with rain coats, windbreakers, etc. if the weather looks or calls for inclement conditions.  Dress according to the weather. If it is cool, bring a sweater or jacket. Cotton pants are much better on a boat than denim. If the weather is hot, shorts and T-shirts are the norm.
  • Sun Block, hats, sunglasses with straps, and lip balm are important for sailors with the extra effect of sun, wind and glare on the water.
  • Plastic water bottles are usually a good idea. With all the sun and wind, your body will dehydrate much quicker than under normal circumstances. There is ample storage space for these and other items on board.
  • Lunch can be purchased at one of many nearby stores or restaurants. If you choose to bring your lunch, bring it in a cooler so that you can leave it in your car.

AFTER I HAVE FINISHED THE BASIC COURSE, WHAT COURSE SHOULD I TAKE?  

This is a very individualized question and may require that you correspond directly with one of our reservation specialists. However, there are a few general guidelines. The array of courses offered has been designed to fit most student needs. Before you call us, ask yourself, "What do I want to be able to do after I take this course?" This sometimes will tell you what course to take. If you have doubts or need clarification, please call us on our toll-free line and our experienced staff will be glad to help you.

CAN I RENT A BOAT AT THE ANNAPOLIS SAILING SCHOOL? 

The 24’ Rainbows are available for rentals by the day. Or, for one low price, a graduate of Annapolis Sailing School can join the school’s Keelboat Club and sail as much as you wish all season long. Call us toll free at 1-800-638-9192 for details.

WHERE CAN I STAY DURING MY VISIT? 

Check out our list of accommodations in the area.

In addition, once you make your reservation we will provide you with instructions to access special rate accomodations for our students at the Inn at Horn Point and the Courtyard Marriott.

WHAT ARE THE COURSE CHANGE AND CANCELLATION POLICIES? 

Boating can be relaxing and serene, requiring minimal physical effort, but it can also be demanding, hectic, and require a person to use strenuous physical effort.  If your health or that of persons in a course with you is in question, please contact your physician and discuss your plans for taking up sailing as a sport.  Follow his or her advice.

As the operation of the School necessitates careful coordination of the number of students with the number of boats and instructors utilized, we ask that you advise us immediately if there are any changes in your reservation.

COURSE CHANGE AND CANCELLATION POLICIES EXCEPT FOR COURSE 199

The following shows the number of days notice, from your original class date, required for rescheduling or cancellation in order to receive a refund of your tuition. Note that all refunds will be subject to a 5% service charge. No charge will be made for the first change in class starting date as long as it is made prior to the number of days indicated. Additional changes in class starting date and number of students (if less than originally reserved) will result in a $25.00 charge of each occasion. Should it become necessary to change your reservation, every effort will be made to reschedule on a space available basis.

DAYS NOTICE/AMOUNT OF REFUND

30 days notice (from original date of course) /100% refund*

14 days notice (from original date of course) / 50% refund* OR *full credit for future courses

Less than 14 days notice (from original date of course) / No refund*, *credit for future courses

* Refund will be subject to a 5% service charge.

*Note: credit will be for full dollar amount paid for your course. That dollar amount may be applied to any course we offer. Prices of courses are subject to change and credit will be for dollar amount, NOT for a specific course. Gift Certificates are non-refundable.

COURSE CHANGE AND CANCELLATION POLICIES FOR COURSE 199

The following shows the number of days notice, from your original class date, required for rescheduling or cancellation in order to receive a refund of your tuition. Note that all refunds will be subject to a 5% service charge. No charge will be made for the first change in class starting date as long as it is made prior to the number of days indicated. Additional changes in class starting date and number of students (if less than originally reserved) will result in a $50.00 charge of each occasion. Should it become necessary to change your reservation, every effort will be made to reschedule on a space available basis.

DAYS NOTICE / AMOUNT OF REFUND

30 days notice (from original date of course) / 100% refund* of tuition

Less than 30 days days notice (from original date of course) / No refund* of tuition, *credit for future courses

Less than 72 hours notice (from original date of course) / No Refund of tuition or credit for future courses

* Refund will be subject to a 5% service charge.

DELAY OF COURSE OR CANCELLATION BY THE SCHOOL

The School reserves the right to cancel or delay courses due to weather conditions. The decision to conduct classes is based on known factors concerning our staff, our sailboats and weather conditions prevailing in the area. If classes are cancelled, arrangements will be made to make up the class or give sailing credits to be used by the student at a later date. This does not apply to live-aboard cruising courses wherein weather conditions may prevent boats on the cruise from leaving their anchorage on a given day. An effort will be made to make up the sailing time lost due to weather conditions during the time of the cruise only. However, it should be understood that the cruise is designed to acquaint you with actual cruising conditions and how to conduct your cruise given different weather conditions.

WHAT IS THE PRIVACY POLICY OF THE ANNAPOLIS SAILING SCHOOL (SCUTTLEBUTT, LLC)? (Updated 3/30/15)

The Privacy Policy of Scuttlebutt LLC doing business as Annapolis Sailing School (including our divisions Annapolis Powerboat School and KidShip Sailing) is committed to maintaining privacy protections for our users. Our Privacy Policy is designed to help you understand how we collect, use and safeguard the information you provide to us through communications that include phone calls, e-mails, our website, product purchases, coupon purchases, course registration, and boat or property rental forms. The Company reserves the right to change this policy at any time and you should periodically check the website and this privacy policy for updates.

For the purpose of this policy, "Service(s)" refers to the Company's service(s) which can be accessed via our website at annapolissailing.com, over the phone with our staff, or in person on our property. The terms "we", "us", and "our" refer to the Company. "You" refers to you, as a user of our offered service(s). Upon providing your Personal Information you consent to our collection, storage, use, and disclosure of your personal information as described in this Privacy Policy.

I. INFORMATION COLLECTED

We gather personal information when you request information through the website, register for courses or camps, rent boats, purchase products, rent the property for an event, or purchase coupons for special offers that allow us to provide you a service. We collect "Non-Personal Information" and "Personal Information." Non-Personal Information includes information that cannot be used to personally identify you, such as anonymous usage data, general demographic information we may collect, referring/exit pages, and URLs, platform types, preferences you submit and/or are generated based on the data you submit and number of clicks. Personal information includes any information provided by you when you request further information, register for a course, purchase a product, purchase a coupon for a special offering, or rent a boat or the venue for an event.

II. HOW WE USE AND SHARE INFORMATION

E-mails may be used to contact users in response to questions, solicit feedback from users, and inform users about promotional offers. The use of other Personal Information you provide to us is limited to providing to you services or products and your payment, unless otherwise stated in this policy.

We do not sell, trade, rent, or otherwise share for marketing purposes your Personal information with third parties, other than as stated in this Privacy Policy. We use third party vendors for the on-line registration system, credit card processing, and e-mail communications. Those vendors use your personal information only at our direction and in accordance with our Privacy Policy.

Personal Information will be provided if it is required to respond to a legal process (i.e., court order, subpoena) or to establish or exercise our legal rights or defend against legal claims or when we believe it is necessary to share information in order to investigate, prevent, or take action regarding illegal activities, suspected fraud, situations involving potential threats to the physical safety of any person or as otherwise required by law.

In general, we use Non-Personal Information to help us improve the Service and customize the user experience on our website and track trends and analyze patterns on the website. This Privacy Policy does not limit in any way our use or disclosure of Non-Personal Information and we reserve the right to use and disclose such Non-Personal Information to our partners, advertisers and other third parties at our discretion.

In the event we undergo a business transaction such as a merger, acquisition by another company, or sale of all or a portion of our assets, your Personal Information may be among the assets transferred. You acknowledge and consent that such transfers may occur and are permitted by this Privacy Policy, and that any acquirer of our assets may continue to process your Personal Information as set forth in this Privacy Policy.

III. HOW WE PROTECT INFORMATION

We protect your information from potential security breaches by implementing certain technological security measures. However, these measures do not guarantee that your information will not be accessed, disclosed, altered or destroyed by breach of such firewalls and secure server software. By using our Service, you acknowledge that you understand and agree to assume these risks.

IV. YOUR RIGHTS REGARDING THE USE OF YOUR PERSONAL INFORMATION

You have the right at any time to prevent us from contacting you for marketing purposes. When we send a promotional communication to a user, the user can opt out of further promotional communications by following the unsubscribe instructions provided in the promotional e-mail.

V. LINKS TO OTHER WEBSITES

As part of the Service, we provide links to or compatibility with other websites or applications. However, we are not responsible for the privacy practices employed by those websites or the information or content they contain. This Privacy Policy applies solely to information collected by us through the Site and the Service. Therefore, this Privacy Policy does not apply to your use of a third party website or application, then the privacy policy of that other website or application will apply to your access or use of that site or application. We encourage our users to read the privacy statements of other websites before proceeding to use them.

VII. CONTACT US.

If you have any questions regarding this Privacy Policy, practices of this Site, or anything else about the Annapolis Sailing School, please contact us by sending an e-mail to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , call us at (800) 638-9192 or (410) 267-8082, or send your request to : Annapolis Sailing School, P.O. Box 3334, Annapolis, MD 21403.

 

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