All sailors should bring clothes for both warm and cool conditions. Weather and wind can change during a lesson. Multiple layers give you many options. For example, wear shorts and a short-sleeve-shirt, bring a warmer long sleeve shirt and pants and a waterproof wind-breaker.
The best fabrics are synthetics that dry quickly. The most common are polypropylene and capilene. Wool sweaters are good for the same reasons. Avoid cotton when possible.
Wear a hat for sun protection or a warm hat if it’s cold.
Always bring (and use!) sunglasses and sunscreen.
Sailing burns a lot of energy! Please bring drinking water in a bottle with your name on it and a healthy snack. If you are enrolled in a full day program, please remember your lunch.
We strongly recommend you bring your own comfortable and proper fitting life-jacket. Write your name on your life-jacket and attach a whistle to it. You can check with your instructor for additional life-jacket details. The Apprenticeshop does have life-jackets for you to borrow.
Comfortable foot-wear that you don’t mind getting wet is required. For example, canvas sneakers, Aqua-sox, or similar footwear.
Additionally, we recommend a towel and dry clothes. Youth sailors take a swim test during the first class.
Sailors should bring all of their gear in a small bag clearly marked with their name.