Gear Requirements:

Participants WILL go in the water, and their feet WILL get soaked, every day, and drysuits provide zero insulation, so:

  • Dress for the weather! This means wool or fleece in lots of layers, even on sunny days.
  • Always wear long-sleeve shirts and full-length pants, even when it's 75 degrees out.
  • We'll provide you with a drysuit. It'll keep seawater out, so with layers your child will stay warm, but they'll still get damp from perspiration, and the suits don't protect their feet, and many suits leak.
  • Wear shoes that can get wet. Closed-toe shoes with soles must be worn every day. Thick wool socks with old tennies are popular, as are neoprene wetsuit booties and water moccasins (Fred Meyer's has handy cheap water slippers near their sandals section that can go over several pairs of wool socks) - no sandals, no rubber boots, no crocs. INSULATE FEET! And send a second, dry pair of shoes and socks to go home in at the end of the day. All-day class students should bring two extra pairs of socks (one for the afternoon, and one to go home in). Do not leave wet shoes and socks in the Yacht Club we're borrowing over night. Please take them home and dry them out.
  • Hats that won't get blown away are a must on most days, and some people like sailing or diving gloves.
  • Bring a lifejacket. We have a few loaners, but one that was bought to fit is better. Don't use a self-inflating lifejacket, since students will be going in the water every day.
  • Avoid jewelry, it can get caught on things and rip the drysuit, or the participant. Best to leave it at home.
  • UV protection on sunny days is a must. Cheap sun glasses, too. Carl's favorite color is green.
  • Snacks for the end of the day are nice. Students taking all-day courses should bring a good lunch.
  • Please leave valuables at home. The Yacht Club is locked when we're not there, but it's best not to tempt fate.
  • Paper Gear: Remember to bring your signed forms and waivers on the first day of class! We can't let anyone sail without them.

Take wet shoes and socks home every single day so they can dry out, and please make sure all gear goes home at the end of the week. We don't maintain a lost-and found, because it would just be a box of mold.