Click Here to view our Parent/Student handbook for more information and an in-depth overview of our programs.
What should my sailor bring with them to sail?
Every sailor should wear shoes that can get wet and also have a back and/or straps to them (i.e. Crocks, old sneakers, water shoes or Keens)and sun block (please put on before coming to class). They should also bring or wear a bathing suit, shorts, t-shirt, hat, sunglasses, and a fleece or rain jacket for windy and cooler days. Also required for each program is a life jacket, but NCS will provide one for every participant in every program we offer.
Are there any other suggestions on what my sailor should bring with them to sailing school?
Some students choose to bring a small bag or backpack to store their extra fleece, a towel, and possibly a water bottle or snack. Guppies and Water Sports Beach Camp students should plan on bringing a snack to class. Other students will not be given snack time during class, but are welcome to bring a snack to eat afterwards.
My student has started sailing Optis/420s; what gear should he or she have for these more technical and competitive boats?
As students progress through our classes and on to our Opti and 420 racing teams (Opti Red or 420 Red class), they often choose to acquire sailing gear designed specifically for longer days on the water and racing. Below is a list of recommended gear for students sailing more competitively:
Where is the NCS Polpis location and how do I get there?
The Polpis NCS location is located within Polpis harbor. To get to the location follow the directions below.
I have a concern or issue to whom should I talk to?
Serious concerns should be brought to the attention of the Program Director. Otherwise, the Head Instructor should usually be your first stop for resolving most issues. S/He is the hands on day-to-day program facilitator and will usually have the answer, as well as being empowered to make decisions and correct problems. The best time to talk to the Head Instructor (and your child's individual instructor) is at the end of class. If this is not convenient, please call and leave a message at the Main Office asking the Head Instructor to follow up with you.
What happens if it is raining?
Classes are held in all kinds of weather. Except for the threat of thunder, severe storms or hurricane, we will hold class and sail. Dress appropriately and bring a change of dry clothes for after class. Please call our STUDENT HOTLINE 508.228.6212 one hour before class for the status of class, any changes or special instructions. The Student Hotline is an outgoing message only!!! Do not leave messages on the Student Hotline -- we do not check messages! Call the Main Office if you need to leave a message...508.228.6600.
What do we do if we are going to be late?
Please call the Main Office at 508.228.6600 and let them know your child will be late getting dropped off or being picked up, so the instructor can be informed.
What if my child is sick?
Please call the Main Office at 508.228.6600 and let them know your child will be out for the day so they can inform the instructor.
Will there be a swim test?
For many of our programs there will be a swim check on the first day of each new session. While life jackets are provided and required when on the water, each NCS student should be comfortable in and around the water and have the basic swimming skills.
Are Optimist sailboats for beginners and Hunter 140's sailboats for intermediate/advanced?
No. Most students worldwide sail in Prams/Optimists until age 15. Primarily the Hunters will be designated for three Beginner students & an instructor per boat. The Prams/Optimists will generally be used for Intermediate & Advanced levels (ages 9-13). Intermediate & Advanced students ages 13-17 will sail in 420's. View our suggested progression chart to get a visual glance at how sailors can progress through our sailing programs.
Where do the Youth Sailing Classes meet?
To view the programs by location, visit the Schedules & Fees Page.
What if someone else is dropping my child off for class?
Parents are requested to inform the Head Instructor if their child will be arriving and/or departing other than by car, or if someone other than the parent or guardian will be collecting a student from class.
What if my child is reluctant to attend class?
A student's unwillingness to come to sailing can be caused by any number of things: fear, an incident with a fellow classmate, or simply being tired. NCS instructors are well versed in the art of coaxing and motivating reluctant students. If you can get them to class, in all but exceptionally rare cases, we can get them out sailing and enjoying it too.
How are learning disabilities and special medications handled?
Should your child have any learning disability or medication that might not be indicated on their application, or that needs further certification, please speak with the Program Director/ Head Instructor. This will enable us to help your child have a positive and rewarding experience at Nantucket Community Sailing.
Where is the Main Office?
The Main Office is located in the basement of the Coffin School 4 Winter Street (side entrance). Our offices are located on the left side. Summer office hours are 8:30 am to 5:00 pm Monday and 9:00 am 5:00 pm Tuesday through Friday. Aside from administrative and scheduling needs, you can buy NCS and Opera House Cup Regatta merchandise and gift certificates here.
How do I get to the NCS Main Office/Coffin School?
Head up Main Street towards Bank of America, right on Centre Street, then a quick left Liberty Street (the street in between the Bank and the Methodist Church), take 2nd left onto Winter Street. Coffin School is the big brick building with columns. Take path to side entrance to basement.
What if my child gets hurt?
Any time an instructor is required to administer first aid for a cut, bruise, or banged head, they will complete an injury report. In the event of an injury we will notify the parent.
How can I volunteer?
As a non-profit organization we rely heavily on volunteer participation. Please click here to see our most up to date volunteer needs and how you can help!
What can my sailor do after sailing with NCS?
There are a number of great ways to stay involved with the sport of sailing. Visit our Sailing after NCS page to learn more!