Saint Croix Sailing School (SCSS) honors and enforces the following policies

Nondiscrimination policy

Saint Croix Sailing School Inc. admits children and adults as students and/or members and/or volunteers to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities made available by SCSS.  SCSS does not discriminate on the basis of race, ethnicity, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, socio-economic status, religion, or physical ability in the administration of its admission policies, educational policies, scholarship policies, or other school-administered programs.

Safety Policies

  • It is our policy that every student, as well as instructors, must wear PFDs at all times when on or near the water. No exceptions.
  • It is our policy that all students pass a swimming test on the first day of class. Students must be comfortable in the water and must be able to swim 50 feet with a life jacket on.
  • It is our policy that all instructors and coaches have Red Cross certification in CPR/first aid and have completed US Sailing instructor training.
  • It is our policy to expect students to follow certain rules that promote the safety of all. Parents will be notified of persistent problems with their child’s behavior. Those students who continue to be disruptive may be asked to leave.
  • It is our policy to make every effort possible to sail whenever weather permits. If inclement weather is forecast, the class may be conducted on shore. Student safety will always be our highest priority.
  • Some of our sessions offer the choice between different types of boats.  After assessing students, SCSS reserves the right to move students to a different boat if we think that will provide better safety for the student, a better experience, and a better learning opportunity.

Covid-19 Policies

Our school follows all local, state, and federal guidelines for Covid prevention.  Such guidelines change frequently, and all of the following policies are subject to change accordingly.

We have developed the following procedures in compliance with all local and federal governmental requirements and recommendations from the Center for Disease Control. These policies will be in place for the foreseeable future in order to provide a safe environment amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. In order for these policies to have the intended effect, all sailors, instructors, parents, and staff will be expected to follow these procedures. There are no exceptions to these policies and any of these policies are subject to change as the official rules are updated from the local government.

  1. People who are sick, are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, have a fever of 100.4? or higher, or have been exposed to someone who has COVID-19 in the past 14 days are asked to stay home.
  2. Students, parents, and members are required to sign waivers outlining the risk of being exposed to COVID-19, affirming they do not have symptoms, have not been in contact with a person infected with COVID-19 in the past 14 days, and agree to abide by our policies.
  3. Classes will be canceled in case of thunderstorm or other inclement weather. As SCSS cannot maintain safe social distancing in the spaces available, parents will be required to pick their children up. Attempts will be made to reschedule. Classes that are rescheduled will most likely be hosted on a Friday.
  4. Parents will maintain proper social distancing when signing their children in and out of camp.
  5. Students and families will not be allowed inside the SCSS boathouse. The SCSS director will check in all student belongings during student sign in.
  6. Sailors must bring their own clothing, life jackets, sunscreen, water bottles, and any other equipment needed to sail.
  7. Sailors enrolled in an all day program will be required to bring their own lunch and beverage. These must be clearly labeled and will not be permitted to share.
  8. Instructors, sailors, and other staff must wear a face covering coverings while on shore. Sailors will be required to supply their own face covering.
  9. Class enrollment will be limited as needed to help maintain social distancing.
  10. Only people from the same household will be permitted to sail in the same boat during classes or races. People who are not from the same household may not sail together, unless consent is given by all parties and an additional waiver is acknowledged.
  11. All equipment, boats, common spaces, and materials used for the program will be thoroughly disinfected before and after use.
  12. All staff will take their temperature daily and log in reference book.

Policy subject to change at any time.  Latest update:  11/30/2021

Registration Policies

Registration Confirmation

It is our policy that students are not considered registered until a completed registration form and full tuition fees have been received. Some scholarship funds are available based on need. If you wish to make payment arrangements, please contact the school. Space in classes is on a first-come basis.

Session Cancellations and Refunds

If you need to withdraw from a class, a full refund will be made until two weeks before the start of the class; a 50% refund until one week before the class; no refund after that time. If you are able to find a replacement to enroll in the class, the school will make a full refund.
Refunds cannot be issued for missed sessions or partially attended sessions.

Last Minute Cancellations due to Medical Issue

Refunds due to unexpected illness or injury within two weeks of a class may be reimbursed with a gift certificate for the full value paid. Certificates will be good through the following calendar year. A written statement from your doctor stating that the student cannot attend is required for the gift certificate.

Session Changes

If you need to change your registration from one session to another, we would be happy to work with you to accommodate your request. There is no charge to change or cancel a registration at least two weeks prior to the start of class.  Session changes within two weeks are subject to availability, and changes may incur additional fees to cover SCSS costs such as boat and staffing commitments.

School Cancellations

In the event a sailing session does not have a minimum number of students registered, that session may be canceled.  The school will work with registrants to reschedule for another session or will offer full refunds.

Behavior Policy

We expect students to follow certain rules that promote the emotional and physical safety of all. Bullying and/or disruptive behavior will not be tolerated. Parents will be notified of persistent problems with their child’s behavior. Those students who continue to be disruptive will be expelled.

No refunds will be issued for failure to follow our behavior policy.

Boat or Equipment Damage

In the unlikely event of negligence or careless damage to boats, sails, spars or other equipment, the responsible student/parent/guardian is expected to pay for reasonable repairs.

Late Pickups

We are concerned for the safety of your child and will not leave them unattended after hours. If parents/guardians are more than 15 minutes late picking up children, we will charge you for fees incurred to keep our staff on hand.  During weeks which offer “Land Camp”, your child will be automatically enrolled in that program and you will be charged accordingly ($125).  For other weeks, you will be charged $25 for every 15 minutes you are overdue.

If you expect to be late in arriving to pick up your child, please notify us ahead of time to make arrangements.

Weather Policies

Weather, Staff, or Equipment Related Cancellations

In extreme circumstances, Saint Croix Sailing School may choose to cancel a session or course. Should this occur, it will be solely at Saint Croix Sailing School’s discretion whether the course is rebooked or refunded. Sessions will only be cancelled should A) Equipment not be available due to breakage, B) Staff not be available, or C) Weather or wind will not allow for any on-the-water activities during the entirety of a course. Weather is a part of sailing, is variable, and entirely out of our control. Operatively this means that absolutely no courses or sessions that span multiple days shall be eligible for refund, rebooking, or make-up upon cancellation.

Wind Speed Guidelines

The following is a general guideline for wind gusts so we can ensure the safety of our sailors. These are approximate and are at instructor’s discretion at all times due to variables such as waves, boat traffic, temperature, approaching weather fronts, and other weather factors.

  • 0-8mph  Green Flag
    Explorer classes
  • 0-12mph  Yellow Flag
    Advanced and Race classes
  • 0-18mph  Orange Flag
    ASA-101, J/22 Race Team
  • 0-20mph  Red Flag
    J/22 Race Team with instructors and skilled crews
  • 20+mph  Black Flag
    No Sailing

Severe Weather and High Wind Policy

Recreational Sailing classes will not be cancelled due to weather. Indoor and outdoor sailing-related activities are complemented with fun games, educational sailing videos, and activities such as volleyball and swimming.
Race Team classes may be cancelled due to inclement weather. Cancellations will be communicated by your instructor.
Adult Sailing classes may be rescheduled at the discretion of the instructor if a suitable makeup date can be found for all students and instructors.
Lightning within 10 miles of our sailing area will require cancellation of all water activities.

Gift Certificates

  • Gift Certificates do not expire unless otherwise specified.
  • Gift Certificates are refundable unless otherwise specified.  After they have been applied to a registration, our standard refund policies apply.
  • Gift Certificates are valid for face value of the certificate only.  Note that our session offerings change from year to year, as do our prices.
  • Gift Certificates are transferable and are not session-specific.  A student receiving a certificate may register for any session they desire.
  • Gift Certificates do not guarantee registration to any of our published sessions or custom sessions.


Federal Employer Identification Number

Our Federal EIN is 26-3596269.  This number may be required if you treat class fees as dependent child care or for other tax purposes.


Privacy Policies

Saint Croix Sailing School (SCSS) recognizes the importance of protecting the privacy and security of your personal information. We provide this Privacy Statement to help you understand what we may do with any personal information that we obtain from you. By providing your personal information to us, you signify your acceptance of this Privacy Statement, and agree that we may collect, use, and disclose your personal information as described herein. If you do not agree to this statement, please do not provide your personal information to us via this web site.

Information You Provide to Us

To communicate effectively with visitors to our web site, we may ask you for personally-identifiable information that can include, by way of illustration, your name, mailing address, email address, telephone number, or graduation date. It is your choice to provide us with this personal information; we will only collect personal information that you provide. SCSS will never sell or trade personally-identifiable information you provide to us through this web site to others unless we have your consent to share the information or we are sharing such information in response to a subpoena, court order, or other legal process.

Personal information related to registration

If you use our web site to register for classes and programming we require that you provide us with certain personally-identifiable information including your name, address, telephone number, email address, date of birth, and credit card number. This information is necessary to process your application and to contact you. Credit card information is never stored on premises or electronically on SCSS computers.

When you visit our site, some information such as your Internet network address, Internet service provider, operating system, web browser version, site from which you arrived, and the time and date of your visit may be collected automatically as part of normal site operation.  This information is used solely to track web browsing patterns to better understand how our site is being used, and when necessary, to troubleshoot problems with the site.

Google/Facebook Analytics

Some sections of our web site use Google Analytics or Facebook Pixel.  They are web analytics services provided by Google, Inc and Facebook, Inc. These services use cookies, web beacons, and other technologies to help us analyze how people use our sites. The information generated by these services about your use of the web site includes your Internet network address. This information will be transmitted to and stored by Google and Facebook on their servers. Google and Facebook will use this information for the purpose of evaluating your use of the web site, compiling reports on web site activity for our web site administrators, and providing other services relating to web site activity, Internet usage, and advertising. Google and Facebook may also transfer this information to third parties where required to do so by law, or where such third parties process the information on Google’s or Facebook’s behalf. 
To disable Google Analytics’ tracking of your usage of our site, you may disable cookies in your browser; however please note that by doing so you may not be able to use the full functionality of this web site. By using this web site, you consent to the processing of data about you by Google in the manner and for the purposes set out above. To learn more, visit the Google Analytics Privacy Overview and Google’s privacy policy.
To disable the Facebook’s tracking on our website, visit: 

Links to Other Sites

This web site contains links to other sites that are not owned or controlled by SCSS. Please be aware that SCSS is not responsible for the privacy practices of such other sites. We encourage you to be aware when you leave our site and to read the privacy statements of each and every web site to which you provide personally-identifiable information.
This Privacy Statement applies only to information collected by this web site.

Use of This Site by Children

SCSS offers programs for children at certain times of the year, and provides information about those programs on this site. However, this site is not designed for or intended for use by children under the age of thirteen, and we request that such individuals do not submit personally-identifiable information to this site.


We follow generally accepted industry practices to protect the personal information submitted to us, both during transmission and once we receive it. No method of transmission over the Internet, or method of electronic storage, is 100% secure, however. Therefore, while we strive to use commercially reasonable means to protect your personal information, we cannot guarantee its absolute security.

Changes to this Privacy Statement

We reserve the right to modify this privacy statement at any time