How We are Handling the Pandemic
The well-being of our clients and our employees is our highest priority. Our headquarters management, sales and marketing staff are located in 4,000 sq. ft. with a lot of room between all of our offices and work stations. We all take and record our temperatures immediately upon arrival, and wear masks and observe social distancing when communicating with one another if not on a Team or Zoom call. We observe very strict adherence to CDC and other guidelines (masks, temperatures, cleaning hands and surfaces on a constant basis). All of our resort destination partners in Florida are open, and Offshore Sailing School is cautiously conducting on-water instruction at these locations. We are pleased to announce that Offshore Sailing School has qualified to receive the RESTART SWFL Seal of Confidence. Please view our safety pledge here. More information on this can be found below.
Offshore Sailing School’s Transfer and Rescheduling Policy
We want to assure all our clients and those who are considering a course or special activity sometime in the near future, that we will be flexible with changes that may be necessary due to official advisories, your health, and the well being of our employees. Until further notice, Offshore Sailing School is allowing clients with courses starting within 60 days of the course start date to transfer bookings to a new date in 2020 or anytime in 2021 with no penalty or change fee. If you cannot decide on a future date now, we will work with you to set aside that decision to a later date. Here are specific updates regarding our locations.
As most know, the Governor has reopened the State and most businesses have resumed activities though with the rule that social distancing stay in effect. Restaurants are now allowed to be open with 50% capacity. As stated earlier, all four of our partner resorts are now open: These are the Hampton Inn & Suites in downtown St. Petersburg; The Pink Shell Beach Resort & Marina on Ft. Myers Beach; South Seas Island Resort on Captiva Island; the Westin Cape Coral in Marina Village. Of course, all resorts are instituting careful procedures regarding cleaning and re-cleaning accommodations and all other areas around their properties; and requiring employees to wear face masks. Offshore Sailing School will, of course, abide by all restrictions and safety/health requirements at these Florida locations. Our employees and clients are also asked to wear face masks and temperatures are taken daily. Most clients are driving, but some are flying in to Ft. Myers. Here is a link to see what Southwest International Airport is doing to protect customers and employees.
British Virgin Islands
This small island nation has not yet decided to open its entry points to visitors. Offshore Sailing School, our Moorings/Sunsail partner and Scrub Island Resort, Spa & Marina are all anxious to get a reopening date, which can only come from the BVI government. Our BVI faculty is ready to resume teaching as soon as it is safe to do so. Offshore Sailing School is moving to later dates any clients who would be starting a course in the BVI in the next 30 days. Any clients who have later dates booked may also move without penalty to late 2020 or into 2021. We are checking daily with our BVI partners and government notices and will post changes as they may occur.
We want you to know that all of us at Offshore Sailing School are here for you. We look forward to welcoming you to the joys of sailing and boating when the time is right. In the meantime Steve and I have produced 50 short “home-made” video vignettes with Steve and sometimes me talking about our sailing experiences all over the world. These #DocksideChatswithSteve are appearing Monday, Wednesday and Friday on the Offshore Sailing School Facebook channel.
Come sail away with Offshore when you are ready, and please . . . stay well,
President and CEO
Offshore Sailing School, Ltd., Inc.