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Squids and Sharks youth saling restarting this sunday 2nd of may

Published 19:05 on 26 Apr 2021

Squids and Sharks restarting from the 2nd of May

from the 2nd of may we will be restarting our Squids and sharks

What S&S? its our youth program for 8 to 13 year olds, that Sunday may to October during school term time, and the summer holidays, no previous experience is required the program is open and free to all members in that age range, The squids and sharks is intended primarily as fun introduction to sailing and some other water activities such as Stand up paddle boarding and SUPs, in which the children can work towards their RYA youth sailing scheme stages along the way. if you would like to bring you child along contact Richard Hargreaves. via squidsandsharks@gmail.com

What kit does my child need to wear bring?: Sailing is a water-sport and whilst we try to minimize the risk in in the early season before the water has warmed up of them getting wet, they are kids and its water, so they need to come equipped to get wet! so as a minimum they need to go afloat is:

  • appropriate footwear old trainers, are ideal wellies and flip flops are not suitable.
  • a waterproof top to keep the wind off, preferably not lined
  • and a complete change of clothes and towel
  • A buoyancy aid (that the club can lend on the day)
a good rule of thumb is to wear an extra layer afloat than you would to be comfortable on land.

the following are not mandatory but are a good idea:

  • a hat (sun or warm)
  • Sun-cream (you get the sun twice on the water because of the reflection so this is a very good idea even early season
  • wet-suits are not essential but are a very good idea as they keep you warm if you fall in, which avoids a child having to finish a session early if they fall in.
  • The club has a stock of wet-suits we can lend at a £20 refundable deposit, but given these are now a very cheap item to buy we suggest its the first piece of kit you invest in.
  • wet-suit boots are now cheap in child's sizes make a massive difference to their comfort in the boat.

Health and safety: Before participating in session we need a parental consent form for participation, photography and medical questionnaire form filling in, Whilst we do have provision for first aid and any emergency situations. during a session our team will usually all be afloat with the group, so we do require the parent or responsible adult is required to remain on site during session, so we have someone to hand a child back to in the event of them needing to come of the water if the get cold or need the toilet for example.

How do I as a parent stay informed about S&S; the best way is via our squids and sharks facebook group which is how we, do most of our day to day communication, we also encourage parents and helpers to let us know via this group if when they are attending a session as it helps us to be more organized on the day. https://www.facebook.com/groups/1198733636950119 (its a private group so email to join)

Do you sail in all weathers: pretty much, we have a range of kit available to us that means we can sail in most condition, and on day with no wind we have a fleet of stand-up paddle boards we can use. that said under COVID we are operating under tighter wind limits that usual. so please do keep you eye on the Facebook group if the forecast is looking less than idea.

What about COVID?: This year of course, this and all other activities at the club will take place under the governments COVID guidance for grass route sports https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-grassroots-sports-guidance-for-the-public-and-sport-providers (Revision from 8th of april) and our own sailing section co-vid road map (the latest is available at www.swsc.org.uk)

to comply with these regulations we will be making the following adjustments this season.

-Where possible please ensure that the adults in the household are doing their lateral flow tests, and do not attend site if you or any of your family are displaying symptoms.

-social distancing still applies at all times for those not actively participating in the session. so please still to distinct groups of 6 or groups comprised of 2 households only whilst watching and , or whatever the current government guidance stipulates.

-We ask that all participants come to site pre-changed and only make use of the changing facilities if necessary, ie in a situation where they have got very cold afloat and need to warm up.

-There are will be galley offer at the club for at least the first month of the season. so you may wish to bring down your own food and drink.

-At present the club is not admitting guests so whilst normally we would encourage S&S to bring their friends along, this is not for the momment permitted, we will of course let you know if this changes

Thanks and I hope to see you all down the club from next weekend

Last updated 09:07 on 4 June 2021

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