Updated Statement on COVID19 - Risk Free Registration
June 3, 2020: We are happy to report that we do not need to wait until June 8th to make a call on AHSEP's future and can instead report today that AHSEP will be able to launch its youth program starting July 6th, as confirmed today with the Borough of Atlantic Highlands and consistent with the guidance issued by Governor Murphy. The volunteer AHSEP Committee will be meeting over the next few days to begin acting on the contingency plans we have created and instituting the modifications to the program that will be required to ensure the safety and good health of our sailors, our instructors and the entire AHSEP support structure and families. We are also beginning to work with our registrants who had registered for the earlier sessions starting June 22nd to accommodate rescheduling their sessions in light of the delayed start. You can expect that, in the coming weeks, there will be additional announcements made and information shared. In addition, we plan on hosting live web/video meetings for all the parents to outline what changes will be implemented in the program and what will be required of the sailors and their families to align with our updated safety and health protocols and practices. We are excited now to have a clear path forward and we continue appreciate everyone's patience as we navigated through these unique circumstances. In the meantime, please continue to visit our website to gain additional information and register for classes under our new schedule.
June 2, 2020: We are encouraged by the recent announcement by Governor Murphy which outlined a plan to allow contactless sports and summer youth programs to start later this summer. We are waiting on that announcement to become the officially adopted guidelines to be implemented at the local/town and facility level before formally announcing AHSEP's start date. We continue to appreciate your patience.
May 29, 2020: It has been a little over 2 weeks since our last communication, so we wanted to give you an update on our status and planning. In our last update, we explained that, while we have put in place contingency plans based on various scenarios, we were still in a "wait and see" status pending the lifting of State and local prohibitions of organized activities like our youth sailing program. At this time, our status is more or less the same since those prohibitions have not been officially lifted. However, we continue to be encouraged by the trend of the Governor relaxing restrictions in other categories and we are hopeful that trend will continue and expand to cover our activities. As such, we have continued the preparatory work required to run the sailing program with the necessary modifications, including prepping our vessels and instructor boats, securing our instructor staff and engaging them on expected curriculum modifications, updates to our health and safety practices and manuals, communicating and sharing best practice with other area junior sailing programs, and continuing to offer "risk free" registration. To that end, our "wait and see" status will soon be better described as a "ready-hold" status, where everything is in place to launch if and when allowed.
Going forward, our volunteer Committee has targeted the evening of June 8 to re-evaluate all the then-available information and adjust our status accordingly and make any required modifications to our program as required. If restrictions are not lifted by that time or there is no definitive State plan for us to know if and when we can operate, we may need to make a call to set a later target starting date (and, if so, we will work with each of our registrants individually to accommodate the rescheduling) or, worst case, cancel the program.
We continue to appreciate your patience with us as we navigate through these times and encourage you to complete our survey and/or register "risk free" if you have not done so and wish to partake in the program this summer. Both actions will provide AHSEP with better information on what our program can look like this summer and help in our continued preparation. You can register through this website.
The link for the survey is: https://forms.gle/2wpRhb7EwCgvkxnRA
ATLANTIC HIGHLANDS SAILING EDUCATION PROGRAM
On-line Registration for the 2020 season is now live! Spaces are limited - REGISTER TODAY!
Come join us for the best Junior Sailing Summer Program on the Jersey Shore!
The Atlantic Highlands Sailing Education Program, AHSEP, teaches sailing skills to Bay Shore Area youth ages eight to seventeen years. Students learn the basics of sailing, water safety, teamwork, and begin to appreciate sailing as a sport and a recreational pastime.
Our program is taught by US Sailing certified instructors using US Sailing's proven techniques. We are excited for the upcoming sailing season and have lots of great programs to choose from. See our Programs/ Schedule/Fees area for detailed pricing, dates and program information. Sailors do not need to own a boat in order to sail in AHSEP programs. All boats are supplied with enrollment fee.
The novice program is an introduction to sailing for youth ages 8-15. Students learn sailing basics including sailing safety, boat nomenclature, rigging, points of sail and related sail trim, basic sailing knots, capsize recovery, and teamwork.
The intermediate program focuses on sailing skill improvement for youth ages 8 to 17 years. Students learn more advanced sailing skills including crew responsibilities and teamwork, crew position and boat balance, sail trim and shape, building boat speed, enhancing boat performance on various points of sail, and introduction to racing.
The advanced program focuses on racing and boat handling skills. This program is for graduates of the intermediate program and provides on-the-water coaching to improve sailing and racing skills.