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Hello

Welcome to Queen Mary Junior courses. We are delighted that you will be joining us for a course at Queen Mary Sailing Club.

The government has removed the remaining domestic restrictions regarding COVID 19 in England. Please follow the latest guidance and check what the club is doing here. You are making an active OPT-IN choice to take part in an event, course, or go on the water and understand that you increase your risk and therefore household risk of exposure to COVID 19. We ask that you do not attend QMSC if your child is feeling unwell or experiencing any symptoms of COVID 19. We thank you for your understanding and support.

We are now running a mixture of full and half day courses for 2022. Please read carefully the information relating to the type of course your child is attending.

no dogs

FOR ALL JUNIOR COURSES – STEP BY STEP

  • Leave Dogs at home – It is a Thames Water stipulation that no dogs are permitted anywhere on the grounds of the Sailing Club.
  • Be Prepared - On day 1 you will need to stay with your child until they are changed and ready to start; they will be able to use our changing rooms. (This is the first thing they will do).
  • Arrival time – please note the start and end time for your course and aim to arrive no more than 10-15 minutes before the start of your session and please be here in time to collect at the end of the session – we will have your child ready for collection at the stated finish time.
  • Our Front Gates are electronically controlled.  Please press the CALL button to gain access, drive through and then park in the lower car park to the right.  An access code will be given to you on sign-in/out by your child’s instructor, which can be used on the way in and out during the remainder of the course (black keypad labelled SAILING CLUB). If you are arriving by any means other than car, please make your way up the ramp to the upper level.

We ask that all children arrive accompanied by a parent / guardian. Our policy on child safeguarding can be found on the Club Documents page.

Once you have parked, please come up the steps where a member of staff will meet you. They will direct you to a meeting zone, where you should sign your child in and out at the beginning/end of each session. This applies for the duration of the course.

Instructor will meet you and your child; and take your Medical form, we will have some spares if not completed. Medical form Link  (Scanned completed copies can be handed in, or emailed to sailondon@queenmary.org.uk)

Next, the instructor will issue wetsuits for the week. You must then stay with your child until they are changed. Please arrive wearing your swim suit, to get changed in to kit on the first day.  Parents must stay on site to help children get changed on the first day. On each subsequent day, parents should stay with children until they have been signed in with their instructor.  Please do not leave the site until this has happened.

Please hand to your instructor any valuables, such as phones or wallets – do NOT leave these in the changing rooms – this is not secure storage. If you need to get a message to your child, please phone the Club Office on 01784 248881, as we have a duty of care whilst your child is on site and will pass on messages as appropriate.

Once changed, Sign in your child with the instructor and get the gate access code for the week.

Any medications (eg asthma pumps, epipens, etc), clearly named and with instructions on the medical form, to be handed to the office (you will collect it from here too).

Whilst your child is on their session with us, please free to leave or stay on site. You are welcome to sit outside on the terrace, or come into the Clubhouse – there is good wi-fi, so you can work from here should you wish to do so.

To exit, we will give you a card with the code for the week, so you can get in and out following these instructions.  At the end of your child’s session, you must sign them out from their session (where you left them with their instructor).  Please don’t leave without doing so; also let anyone else who’s sharing lifts know this is the case.

If you are sharing lifts, please send an email to let us know this; otherwise we will be expecting parents to collect their own child (sailondon@queenmary.org.uk)

All children must be signed out daily.  No child may leave site without a parent/guardian or written permission from parents (pick up only – email sailondon@queenmary.org.uk to let us know).

Weather - too much or too little wind is not normally an issue, nor a reason to cancel. There is always theory to cover and alternative activities to focus on. In the unlikely event of extreme weather we will make a call in this particular situation to alert parents as soon as possible.

Student behaviour is taken seriously with a zero tolerance to bullying. All users of QM are expected to show respect and understanding for each other. Further details can be viewed in the QM Code of Conduct on the Queen Mary website.

HALF DAY COURSES (either 0930 or 1330 start times)

We would like the student to take wetsuits home and come changed and ready to go sailing the next day.

Feel free to go home in your wetsuit; alternatively, please use changing rooms once you have signed your child out after their session. Then take your wetsuit home, so you are ready for the next day.

FULL DAY COURSES (running from 0930 to 1630 each day)

There is no need for you to arrive at the club already changed into your wetsuit; we will supervise your child changing once they have been signed in.

Please make sure you come with plenty of drinks, snacks and your packed lunch – err on the side of over-supplying as children do get very hungry after their morning’s sailing or windsurfing sessions! We have water bottle refill stations in the clubhouse and will encourage children to stay well-hydrated during the course of the day.

WHAT TO BRING

CHECK THE WEATHER BEFORE YOU SET OUT! 

What to bring on the Day:

  • Bag for your kit
  • Swimwear (wear this on day one of your course!)
  • Suitable footwear, ie. Closed toe shoes such as trainers – NO FlipFlops, Sliders or Crocs please; these are dangerous on our banks and not safe when sailing or windsurfing. If you have your own wetsuit boots/sailing boots please label and bring with you. We do not have any footwear for your child to use.
  • Towel
  • Basic wind/waterproof jacket that you don’t mind getting wet
  • Warm layers, hat, gloves
  • Sunscreen and sun-hat
  • Water Bottle
  • Health & Water-confidence & Health Declaration Form
  • Logbook (if you have one)

What NOT to bring:

  • Dogs onto the site
  • Anything valuable that you don’t need for your course

We provide:

  • Wetsuits
  • Buoyancy aids
  • Helmets
  • Harnesses

THAT'S ALL FOLKS 

Thank you for reading, we're excited to see for your course!

Team QM