Changes Related to COVID-19
The well-being of our clients and our employees is our highest priority. Those who normally would be in Offshore Sailing School’s headquarters offices are still working remotely from our homes and we have been “open” for calls from the start of COVID-19 stay-at-home orders. Happily, all of our resort partners in Florida are reopening, and Offshore Sailing School is cautiously restarting on-water instruction at Florida locations. 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 in May and June 2020 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. Please do not call if your course, cruise or other event is starting in the next six weeks. Offshore Sailing School’s Sales Manager, is reaching out to those with dates coming up soon on a progressive basis (the soonest first). Here are specific updates regarding our locations.
The Governor and local Florida municipalities have started to allow certain businesses to resume though with the rule that social distancing stay in effect. Restaurants are now allowed to be open with 50% capacity. The Hampton Inn & Suites in downtown St. Petersburg is open and we are conducting courses on our boats in the municipal marina near this hotel. The Pink Shell Beach Resort & Marina on Ft. Myers Beach reopened on May 15 with some limitations regarding capacity. South Seas Island Resort on Captiva Island will reopen on June 1. The Westin Cape Coral in Marina Village will reopen on June 19. Of course, all resorts are instituting very 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 as we resume courses at these Florida locations. Our employees and clients are also asked to wear face masks and temperatures are taken daily.
British Virgin Islands
This small island nation has not yet decided to open its entry points to visitors. Our Moorings/Sunsail partner with a huge base in the BVI is working with the BVI government to get a re-opening date as soon as possible. Our BVI faculty is hunkered down and 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 are shooting a series of short “home-made” video vignettes with Steve talking about his fascinating sailing career. Look for our #DocksideChatswithSteve Monday, Wednesday and Friday on the Offshore Sailing School Facebook channel.
President and CEO
Offshore Sailing School, Ltd., Inc.