|Q. How do I sign up?
A. Westwind Sailing operates at both OCSEC and LMVA. Please follow this
to Sign-up Now for complete registration information and downloads at both locations.
Q. Must I personally drop off and pick up my child from sailing?
A. All of our programs require check in/out by a parent, guardian or
authorized supervisor. We do offer a release of liability, self check in/out
for programs involving children 10 yrs and above. If you require additional
supervision for your child, we off Land Sailor supervision for before and
after day camp care at both our OCSEC and LMVA locations. Please refer
to the schedule of classes for Land Sailor registration information. OCSEC
schedule of classes. LMVA
schedule of classes.
Q. My child doesn’t meet the age requirement – is
A. In order for our students to succeed, we have designed our group course
curricula according to motor skill learning curves based on specific age
ranges. So that we can provide the highest quality program and be fair to
the appropriate aged students, we are strict with age requirements. We would
be happy to arrange a specialty program or private lesson for you if the
group courses we offer do not meet your needs.
Q. Is it safe?
A. Your safety is our first priority and our high standards exceed acceptable
requirements. Our instructors are US Sailing certified and maintain current
CPR and First Aid certifications. Lifejackets, (which we provide), are standard
equipment and worn by every student before stepping onto the docks. We have
high instructor:student ratios to provide extra ‘eyes’ on the
water. Our equipment is inspected and maintained regularly. And we have rehearsed
emergency action procedures in the event of an emergency.
But most importantly, we want you to feel safe. If you
have questions, concerns or special needs and would like to know more about
our policies and procedures,
please don’t hesitate to ask - safety begins with communication.
Q. What about the water quality?
A. Over the past 40 years, the Health Care Agency and two local sanitation
agencies (the Orange County Sanitation District and South Orange County Wastewater
have been testing the coastal ocean, bay and harbor waters in Orange County
for bacteria that indicate the possible presence of disease causing organisms.
The results of the tests are reviewed by the Health Care Agency Environmental
Health staff. Warning or closure signs will be posted in the areas where the
data indicates a contamination and we do not
enter the water in those areas. For more information, you may call the Beach
Closure and Posting Hotline at (714) 433-6400 or log on to their website http://www.ocbeachinfo.com/beach.htm
Lake Mission Viejo water is tested for bacteria daily
by the lake’s
biologist and the results are monitored by the Health Department. Water quality
data is posted at the biology building. Members are made aware of warnings
or closures and we do not enter the water in areas where the data indicates
a contamination. For more information, you may call the Water Quality Lab at
LMVA (949) 770-1313 ext: 235, or check the website: www.lakemissionviejo.org
Q. What if it rains?
A. You should always plan that class/camp will commence regardless of the weather.
We plan activities for rainy days, no wind and too much wind days. Because
sailing is a unique sport, we can cover a lot of information on land and
rearrange the lesson plan to ensure sufficient sailing time. Please dress
appropriately and assume that you will be outside each day. In rare cases
where we need to postpone a day for extreme weather, we will schedule a make
up. We will not be offering refunds due to bad weather or lack of wind.
Q. Do I need to be a swimmer?
A. You must be generally comfortable in the water as we cannot guarantee that
you will stay dry. Please refer to our Water
Safe requirements for details
or contact us if you have specific questions. (949)492-3035. firstname.lastname@example.org
Q. What about prerequisites?
A. Please refer to the course descriptions for prerequisite requirements. OCSEC
schedule of classes. LMVA
schedule of classes. If you have previous sailing
experience that does not match our exact prerequisites, please contact us to
help place you in the appropriate program. (949)492-3035
Q. What should I bring?
A. Each day you should bring a change of clothes/shoes, towel, sunscreen/sun
protection, and water in a plastic container. Wear comfortable layers of
clothes you can move in and non skid flat shoes. Do not wear dangling or
bulky jewelry and consider tying back long hair. Do not bring valuables to
class as Westwind is not responsible for loss or damage of personal items.
Do not bring anything on the water that cannot get wet ie: watches, cell
phones, car remotes. Please download additional items for junior programs.
OCSEC youth program checklist. LMVA
youth program checklist.
Q. What if I miss a day of class/camp?
A. Please check your schedule carefully when registering as we do not make
up classes for student absences. If you miss only one day of a 4 day program
or 2 days of a 5 day program, you generally will complete enough of the requirements
to progress to the next course.