Water Safety Requirements
Parents must certify their child’s swimming skills. All students will be given a swimming check-out on the first day of class. This will allow the instructors to check each child’s swimming abilities. The check-out will be with life jackets on and will include:
- Swimming 50 yards unaided.
- Treading water for 1 minute.
Children will also be given a water orientation to learn self-rescue techniques with a sailboat. Failure to complete the swimming check-out will result in the child being dropped from the course without a refund.
Lead staff members are US Sailing-certified. All instructors have received American Red Cross First-Aid and CPR training from the Minnetonka Community Education Department. Our curriculum is developed from the US Sailing Certification Series, the national standard for quality sailing instruction, as well as proprietary LMSS, Inc. teaching systems.
Students attending classes at Lighthouse Island must bring their own bag lunches. Purified drinking water is available.
Weather Conditions: Calm, High Wind, or Rain Storms
Classes will not be cancelled due to weather. Outdoor sailing-related activities are complemented with fun games, educational sailing videos and activities such as volleyball and swimming (with PFDs on). We will also work on progress toward the appropriate Seamanship Level.
Behavioral problems will not be tolerated. First time offenders will not be allowed to participate in their chosen activity for an appropriate period of time. Repeat offenders will be expelled.
Boat or Equipment Damage
In the unlikely event of significant damage to boats, sail, spars or other equipment, the responsible student/parent is expected to pay for reasonable repairs.
Notice of cancellation must be made at least five days prior to the start of the session to receive a full refund. Notice of cancellation after that time will result in a 50% refund. There will be no refunds after a session begins. Refunds are subject to a $25 fee. If LMSS cancellations occur due to the COVID-19 pandemic, families will be reimbursed all but a $25 fee.