Why should I learn how to sail on Lake Nockamixon?
Lake Nockamixon is an ideal place to learn to sail. The 1450 acre lake is approximately 6.5 miles long and has a marina with 648 slips. The water is clean and safe. Since engines above 20 HP are not allowed on Lake Nockamixon, sailors can focus on learning to sail without having to worry about jet skis or large power boats. There is a large community of both cruising and racing sailors who enjoy Lake Nockamixon. Winds average around 10 MPH throughout the year, providing sailors with some of the best sailing conditions available anywhere. Winds on the Lake can be shifty and gusty at times so students learn quickly how to adjust to challenging and changing conditions. Waves on Lake Nockamixon are seldom above one foot so motion sickness is nearly nonexistent. The lessons learned on Lake Nockamixon transfer well to other bodies of water. Sailors who learned to sail on Lake Nockamixon have gone on to sail in other bodies of water all over the world.
How much should I tip the instructor?
Some students give more but a gratuity of 15-20% of course fees is typical. Cash is appreciated.
Do I get my money back if I have to cancel a class? Do students get their money back if the school has to cancel a class?
It is very rare for us to cancel a class. However, if we cancel a class due to weather or boat problems or a captain being sick etc. then students can reschedule or receive a full refund minus the cost of the course materials. If we have a problem with the boat that is repaired during the class and then the class goes forward and we are still able to accomplish the requirements for the class then no refund is given.
Full payment is due when students sign up for classes. If a student cancels either a classroom class or an on the water class, then we will refund half of their payment minus the cost of the course materials if they cancel 30 days or more prior to the class start date. No refund will be given if a student cancels with less than 30 daysí notice. Course materials cannot be returned for refund even if in new condition.
No refunds are given for ASA105 or 107 home studies.
Is tobacco allowed on our sailboat?
We do not permit smoking on our sailboat. We also do not allow chewing tobacco on our yacht.
Is it possible that I will have a different instructor than the one indicated when I signed up?
Although most classes go forward with the instructor listed on the schedule page of our website we reserve the right to change the instructor at any time. This is necessary sometimes due to illness, death in the family, scheduling conflicts, etc.
What happens if the boat breaks down during the class?
It is rare to have significant boat problems but it possible. Learning to deal with issues on the boat is normal and part of sailing. Our experience has been that so long as the class goes forward students welcome the challenges provided by problems on the boat. For example if a fitting breaks, the captain and crew may need to stop and fix it using spares on board our vessel. The class would then continue on as normal after the repair is completed successfully. Other examples could be given but in general as long as the class goes forward and we have time to complete all the skills required in the ASA standard no refund would be given.