The mission of the Darien Junior Sailing Program is to provide a safe, fun and empowering learning environment in which to develop the skills required for sailing; to promote personal growth and independence within the sport, to achieve proficient levels
 
 
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AGE AND OTHER REQUIREMENTS
Optimist sailors must be 8 years of age by the end of the season in order to participate in the program. To enroll in the 420 program, sailors must be 13 years or age, or recommended by an instructor. Height and strength are also considered.



PROGRAM PLACEMENT
Please follow the guidelines provided in the Programs description.  Contact DarienSailing@gmail.com if you have any questions regarding your child's placement. 


CODE OF CONDUCT
Sailors are expected to follow the Code of Conduct (below).  Sailors who fail to follow the Code of Conduct will be subject to disciplinary action, including possible suspension or expulsion from the program.  No refunds will be given for Code of Conduct suspensions or expulsions.


NO SAIL DAYS
DJST is a focused program operating in an environment conducive to sailing with safety as the first consideration.  In the event of stormy weather, class will be canceled.  In the event of no-wind conditions, class will be held with an on-shore instructional curriculum. No refunds will be provided for canceled classes.


PARENT INVOLVEMENT
DJST succeeds in large part due to the involvement and enthusiasm of participants' parents.  We strongly suggest that all parents who can volunteer, do, whether it be helping out during opening and/or closing days, acting as a Parent-on-Duty, etc.  The Parent-on-Duty for each day is a critical position as this individual represents the on-land contact for any emergencies.  Sign-ups for Parent-on-Duty responsibilities will kick off at the DJST Parents' Meeting in May.


RULES FOR OBSERVATION
The sailing area is off limits to non-participants during class time. Distractions hinder the instruction process and can cause delays. The swimming area of Weed Beach is a wonderful location from which to observe the sailors rigging, launching and sailing each day.


BOAT RENTAL LIABILITY
It is assumed that rental boats will be subject to normal wear and tear throughout the season.  If any significant damage determined to be the fault of a DJST sailor requires the submission of an insurance claim for repairs, the parents of the sailor involved will be responsible for 50% of the deductible.  That deductible is $1,000.00 per incident.


REFUND REQUESTS
Refund requests for program withdrawals will be considered only if requested prior to May 1, or if withdrawal is for medical reasons. Any program withdrawals before May 1 will be subjected to a $50 service fee.  Absolutely no refunds will be granted after May 1.


RACING FEES (OPTIS LEVEL 3 & 4, & 420)
Junior Sailing Association (JSA) dues are required for each sailor in order to participate in JSA sanctioned regattas, and additional registration fees for each regatta are the responsibility of the sailing families. 


TRANSPORTATION TO AND FROM RACES
Parents are responsible for transporting sailors and their assigned boats to regattas. Our instructors are prohibited from driving any sailor to or from these events. 


CODE OF CONDUCT
BEHAVIOR
DJST sailors are required to be respectful and courteous to all instructors and fellow teammates; cooperative with all DJST instructors and fellow sailors; encouraging of fellow sailors; helpful and willing to honor their share of responsibilities.  Sailors will be written up for disruptive behavior or for violating the behavior policies. DJST management reserves the right to suspend or dismiss a sailor from the program for contradictory behavior in order to preserve and protect the integrity and strength of the DJST team as a whole. Under such circumstances, refunds will not be provided. Registration in this program indicates your commitment to following DJST's behavior rules.


TIMELINESS
Sailors should be on time every day, and meet at the designated drop-off area promptly at the beginning and end of each class. Instruction begins on time and we urge your respect of the specified hours in consideration of your fellow sailors and to ensure that you receive the full benefits of the program. Repeated tardiness will be brought to the attention of the DJST management and may be interpreted as disruptive behavior.  In the event of a planned late arrival or early dismissal, please notify an instructor in advance so that we can make the necessary accommodations.