This page contains information updates and Advantage Boating’s policies related to COVID-19.
Update April 18, 2021
On Friday April 16, the Premier announced that the current Stay-At-Home Order has been extended to May 20, 2021. Although we are disappointed that we cannot start our courses May 7, 2021 as planned, we understand that we must all do our part to fight this pandemic! The good news is, that between dealing with floods in 2018 & 2019 and then onset of the Pandemic in 2020, by starting our courses May 20th it will still allow us to get out on the water over a month sooner that we have over past last 3 years.
So please don’t fret, you’ve all just learned your first sailing lesson: If the wind changes, we need to adjust our sails! If you are registered in a course that was scheduled to start between May 7 and May 20, we will be reaching out to you to discuss your options and re-schedule your course. Remember …
Update January 19, 2021 – COVID and the 2021 Sailing Season
Keeping you Safe. The outbreak of COVID-19 is a highly unusual and rapidly evolving situation. As a small business, we are doing our best to mitigate risks for our students and act in a socially responsible manner while continuing to offer our services during these unprecedented times. As the COVID-19 situation evolves, we at Advantage Boating continue to monitor developments both locally, provincially and nationally. We will also continue to follow official guidelines and recommendations from the Public Health Agency of Canada, the Province of Ontario, Ottawa Public Health and Sail Canada.
We have aligned our cleaning procedures with the guidance of the relevant authorities. Our COVID-19 policies are in place to ensure we can continue to get you out on the water in a safe and responsible way as we did in 2020.
We hope you will consider registering for one of our courses and we look forward to having you out on the water with us this summer!
During COVID, to help maintain physical distancing on the boat, we are running the following on-the-water courses:
- Group Keelboat Lessons (maximum of 4 students from the same household or social circle)
- Semi-Private Keelboat Lessons (maximum of two students)
- Private Keelboat Lessons (one student and one instructor)
- Dinghy Lessons (for students who have a partner to sail with and are from the same household or social circle or who have their own single handed boat to sail)
NOTE: Normally our Basic Cruising courses have a maximum of 4 students plus your instructor on board. During COVID, however, we are limiting our Basic Cruising classes to 2 students plus the instructor on board. Theses classes (in Ottawa) run over 21 hour and are scheduled over 3 consecutive days from 9-5 PM (Friday-Sunday or Monday-Wednesday) or over 6 evenings from 5:30 – 9 PM (Monday/Wednesday or Tuesday/Thursday twice a week for 3 weeks).
COVID-19 Cancellation and Refund Policy for Ottawa & Kingston on-the-water courses (Update January 19, 2021)
Given the ongoing COVID-19 situation, we have adjusted our refund policy. If we need to cancel an Ottawa or Kingston on-the-water course because of COVID-19, you will have the option to (a) reschedule your course to an available class later in the summer, (b) leave the credit on your account so that it can be applied to a future 2021/2022 Advantage Boating course or (c) have a refund issued. As a small local business, Advantage Boating appreciates your support during this challenging time. By accepting the rescheduling or credit option, students are helping us ride out this “coronavirus” storm.
If you cannot take your purchased course as a result of you becoming sick with COVID-19 before or during your course, or if cases ramp up such that you feel it is too risky to take the course, you will have the option (with a doctor’s note and at least 24 hours notice) to (a) reschedule your course to an available class later in the summer or (b) leave the credit on your account so that it can be applied to a future 2021/2022 Advantage Boating course.
We look forward to sailing with you soon.
Advantage Boating COVID-19 Code of Conduct & Policy:
- Advantage Boating on-the-water (keelboat) COVID-19 Policy
- Advantage Boating CANSail (1/2) training policy
- Advantage Boating Sail Share policy
(January 19, 2021)
We are pleased to be able to offer another great season of Sail Share. Our policies have been reshaped with the safety of our sailors and staff being of utmost importance. We have aligned our cleaning procedures with the guidance of the relevant authorities. Our Advantage Boating COVID-19 Sail Share Code of Conduct & policy are in place to ensure we are able to get you out on the water in a safe and responsible way. We will also continue to follow official guidelines and recommendations from the Public Health Agency of Canada, the Province of Ontario, Ottawa Public Health and Sail Canada.
Sailing with Sail Share 2021 will proceed in a phased-in process:
Current allowance – Phase 1: Sail Share sailing allowed for those of the same household or Social Circle. For the time being those registered Sail Share members who are from the same household or Social Circle are allowed to start sailing on our “Sail Share” boats. If you are a single Sail Share member who is willing to join with a fellow single Sail Share sailor to become a part of each other’s bubble, then please let us know so we can help you find a sailing partner. During this phase, no guests are permitted on board.
Future allowance – Phase 2: Unrestricted sailing between Sail Share members & their guests. We are confident over the summer as more and more people receive the vaccine, that the COVID situation will improve and we will be able to offer unrestricted sailing between Sail Share members and their guests.
As indicated by public health and the government of Canada, by each of us doing our part we can all help stop the spread of the coronavirus and we will be able to resume our regular sailing activities. If you have any specific questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.