Policies & Safety

Supervision Policy

Parents shall not leave a child age 12 or under unsupervised at the Club for any period of time. This includes the hours between 12:00 - 1:00pm when lessons are not in session, and any time between lessons.

Parents are responsible at all times for the behavior and action of their children. A babysitter must be age 14 or older and is not a guest. Babysitters will be admitted to the Club specifically while supervising children. Club members shall be responsible for the actions of their babysitters. Provisions must be made for supervision by either another willing adult Club member or designated babysitter. Non-member participants of the youth program, and their parents or babysitter, are to be at the Club for lessons and lesson related activity only. Children and Junior members are not permitted in the Archives (bar area) and Trophy room when the bar is open. At all other times children MUST be under the direct supervision of an Active member or their designated babysitter.Beginning swimmers must be supervised by an adult when in or around the water when they are not in a lesson. Flotation devices cannot substitute for parental supervision. If you allow your beginning swimmer to wear a flotation device, you must continue to supervise your child at all times to ensure that he/she does not swim over his/her head.

Youth Program Charter Policy

* No person other than a current participant of the sailing program shall be entitled to charter a boat. This does not include the crew.
* The charter fee is be $50 per day.

Youth Program Property Loss and Damage Policy

* Any loss or damage to equipment, other than normal wear, should be reported to the program director, and shall be the responsibility of the sailor and his/her parents. All costs will be billed directly to their account.
* Both skipper and crew share the responsibility for a boat equally.
* HYC is not responsible for loss or damage to personal property of students. Students are responsible for damage done to the property of another student except in Opti Beginner One and Two classes.
* Unintentional damage done to another student’s boat in the beginner Opti classes is the owner’s responsibility. All Opti Beginner One class boats are REQUIRED to have a bumper installed.


The Hyannis Yacht Club Sailing Program is dedicated to ensuring the safety of your child during their participation in sailing and swimming classes. There are two main areas of safety concern: risk management, which includes prevention and procedures to avoid accidents and injuries, and accident management, which concerns emergency procedures on and off the water.

Each instructor has specific duties and responsibilities in the instruction and care of all program participants. These responsibilities are dependent on the following factors: age and skill level of students, type of activity and environmental conditions.

When exercising general supervision, our instructors are immediately accessible to participants. They are constantly alert for deviations from normal procedures, potentially hazardous conditions and will react accordingly. If an instructor has to divert attention from the overall supervision of a class, to make a rescue, administer first aid, or to effect a repair, another instructor will watch the class. Our supervision will not be left to chance. Our instructors rehearse emergency procedures do's and don'ts. All are CPR and first aid trained.

Activity Selection

Our staff takes great care in selecting the appropriate activity for a class on a given day. In addition to taking into account the level of skill and ability, size and age of the students, they consider criteria such as weather and other potential hazards when deciding how to conduct a class.

The weather directly affects the safety of the sailor and the swimmer. Our instructors understand the weather and local environmental conditions. We monitor a weather radio and receive periodic reports through the Internet. Once bad weather is predicted, the staff acts conservatively and plans alternate activities to keep a class onshore.

Life Jackets

Personal flotation devices (life jackets) must be worn at all times when on the the water for sailing lessons. These must be U.S. Coast Guard approved and must be properly rated to an individual's size and weight. Life jackets must be worn by students and staff when participating in any activity that takes a person into a boat or onto the dock. The life jacket needs to be properly identified with the owner's name and should be inspected regularly to ensure that it is in good functioning condition (no missing straps, torn zippers, exposed or waterlogged flotation). If a life jacket is unsafe or of questionable value, it must be discarded and replaced immediately. A whistle on a lanyard (string) must be attached.


Shoes that cover the toes and encircle the feet must be worn at all times when on the water. This includes everyone - students, instructors, coaches and program administration.

General Safety Rules

* PFD's worn and secured at all times during sailing lessons and on the dock for children under 12 unless en route to swimming lessons.
* Wear proper footwear at all times
* No running
* No pushing
* No smoking, drugs or alcohol
* No playing on or near ramps
* No glass jars or bottles

Equipment Check/Maintenance

All our equipment is checked periodically; the safety of our boats is checked daily. If a piece of equipment is broken, we repair it immediately and maintain a maintenance report.

Safety Boat Skills

All instructors are required to pass a safety boat test before they are allowed to operate the safety boat for instructional purposes.


A radio system is an integral part of our sailing program. Radios provide a means of communication between the safety boats and a link to the land base. The procedures for proper use are reviewed with the staff. Every instructor carries a portable marine radio and is in contact with the yacht club base and sailing master.