This page contains topics that may be helpful for JSA of LIS member sailing programs during the COVID-19 pandemic

  • Plan for Safe Operations
  • Encourage Signups
  • Register Junior Sailors
  • Resources Available
  • Support Local Small Businesses

Plan for Safe Operations to mitigate virus transmission once your program is allowed to start:

  • Maintain social distance of 6 feet between participants (staff and youths), which require a mix of realigning the physical space, staggering arrivals and departures, or reducing size of classes.
  • Wear face coverings by participants.
  • Place alcohol hand rub dispensers in key places.
  • Periodic cleaning and sanitizing of the premises and equipment.
  • Wash hands using soap and hot water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Cough and sneeze hygienically, using flexed elbow or disposable tissues.
  • Maintain health status control, such as recording body temperature, history of recent 14 day activity, etc.
  • Periodically test participants for coronavirus, or antibodies (if testing is readily available).
  • What other mitigating procedures may be appropriate, based on guidance from local authorities?

Encourage Signups for the Summer and

Register Junior Sailors in the JSA Roster System

  • Ask your families to register, or update a prior year registration, of their active junior sailors in the JSA Roster System using the guidance on JSA’s roster/registration web page. Send the families this URL to access that web page.
  • The Roster System allows a spreadsheet table of the sailor and parent information to be downloaded, in order to assist managing enrollment if your program does not have an online registration system.

Resources available to junior sailing programs:

  • JSA of LIS Program Forum is a place to continue the dialog from the virtual Town Hall Meeting held on May 21. Please post replies to the existing topics, or post new topics, so that knowledge may be shared among our member programs.
  • JSA of LIS Programs Survey was updated in late April. The report included links to some of the resources listed below.
  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has specific guidance for mitigating risk at youth camp programs
  • US Sailing Organization Resources:  resources to help support your sailing organization and your members. Includes Guidance for Junior Sailing Programs During the COVID-19 Pandemic (May 6)  [select “US Sailing Resources”]
  • American Camping Association (ACA): Camp Operations Guide Summer 2020 (May 18) is a tool kit to implement specific recommendations provided by the CDC in relation to risk reduction at camps.  
  • National On Water Standards: take advantage of the COVID-19 time to review and update your entry-level courses with the help of the NOWS Resources. Then, when boating activities ramp up again, your courses will be aligned with national standards.
  • Gowrie Group has special  coronavirus info, together with its usual info about risk management for yacht clubs and sailing programs.  See particularly the Burgee Program COVID-19 Risk Management Guide (May 6)
  • World Sailing Guidance for Event Organizers during COVID-19. Although this guide is written for regatta organizers, many of the recommendations seem to also apply to any mass gathering of people.[particularly Section 6 of the Guidance to Event Organizers]
  • US Sailing SafeSport: Each US Sailing organizational membership level can receive a set number of complimentary SafeSport training registrations for your club staff, volunteers, and/or flag officers if you inquire here By being better educated and more aware of the various types of misconduct and how to recognize them, each of us can make our sport safer and help end abuse in sport. Once you complete the online course, your SafeSport training will be logged on your membership record in the US Sailing. database.  This link has access to the online training required for each person in contact with youth sailors. Also available is free training for parents, age-appropriate parent toolkits for youths, and a webinar about prevention of bullying.

Support Our Local Small Businesses:

Think about buying now the sailing gear and supplies (or some gift cards) that you may use when sailing becomes possible. Here are the local businesses that have provided support to events organized by JSA in recent years:

See also the Topics for Families of Junior Sailors