F.A.Q.


Is my child eligible to participate in your program?

We welcome all youth ages 10-18, regardless of ability or prior experience, to participate in our youth summer program.

Can I enroll a child who is younger than the age minimum indicated?

Accommodations are sometimes made to include children age 9 who are turning 10 during the summer. We do not commonly accept children less than 10 years of age due to the size of equipment that we use and the age appropriateness of our teaching curriculum. Specific exceptions are made on a case-by-case basis. Please contact our youth program director (youth@hoofersailing.org) if you have a specific question regarding your child’s ability to participate.

Will a class still meet if there is bad weather or no wind?

YES! Although sailing and paddling sports are weather dependent, classes will be held for the full length of time everyday. There will be engaging activities planned for all weather conditions. No-wind or poor weather days are often used to teach theory and techniques on land. In addition, instructors are constantly in communication with the UW Safety Tower, which monitors weather conditions, and are informed immediately of changing weather patterns to maximize safe time on the water.

What if I want my child to be in the same class as their friend?

It is possible to sign up two students in the same class. Each separate session on the youth program schedule will meet as one class. If your child is signed up in the same session they will be in a class with the same instructor. Please note that in some weeks a morning class is also repeated in the afternoon. Make sure to sign up in the same session.

Can I receive a discount if my child is not able to attend every day of the class?

>We generally do not issue refunds or discounts. Please contact the youth program director if you would like to make a specific request.

What is your cancellation policy?

If a class is dropped at least one week before its start, the full cost of the class, minus a $10 cancellation fee will be refunded. An additional $10 late cancellation fee is assessed on or after the Tuesday preceding the class start. No refunds can be given after the class start. Please allow about 30 days to process your refund.

Can I register child up the first day of class?

We prefer that students register at least one week before the class start to reserve a spot, but it is possible to sign up on the first day of class. Students generally register the first day of class if the parent or child just found out about the program, or if there was a last minute schedule change in the family. Please call the Outdoor Program Office (608-262-1630) as soon as possible if you will be registering on the first day. We can then assign the appropriate number of instructors for each class.