Though our sailors are required to wear lifejackets at all times, it is still extremely important that your child is a capable swimmer. The sailing classes are supervised by qualified instructors, at times more than 100 yards offshore. While the students are supervised, there is a distinct possibility that a child can fall off the boat and into the water. For the safety and education of the students, there will be a class on boat capsizing and recovery. For many of the students, the capsizing day is one of the most fun and memorable of the summer. For your peace of mind, the boats we use are designed not to sink, even if capsized. The reason for the capsizing drill is to teach the students how to recover and re-enter the boat in case of an accidental capsizing. Knowing what to do in these types of situations helps make the whole experience safer and more fun for everyone. But it means they will eventually be in the water and must therefore be able to swim.