Do I have to be a Greenwich resident to rent or take classes?
Tod’s Point Sailing School is located in Greenwich Point Park which requires Town issued Beach Passes or Guest Passes for access to the Park. Greenwich residents can apply for Beach Passes at Town Hall and Guest Passes can be purchased online on the Greenwich CT website here.
Out-of-town parents dropping off and picking up their children for scheduled Tod’s Point Sailing School programs may enter the park in accordance with the following guidelines. The parent must show proof (TPSS Registration receipt) that the children being dropped off are enrolled in a sailing program on that specific date. The Gatehouse Gatekeeper will hold the driver’s license while they drop off the student(s) and return it when the driver exits the park. That normally takes approximately 15 minutes.
As a reminder, if someone in the car is planning to stay at the beach and not leave immediately, they need to have a day pass to stay in the park for that day. If the parent dropping off the children plans on staying in the park, they would need a parking pass for the car and a day pass for each person in the car. The passes can be purchased on line Monday through Friday from May 1st through October 31st.
Out of Town Non-Resident Guest Passes can be purchased online on the Town of Greenwich website here.
Can my pet come along?
Sorry, no. Pets are not permitted in the park during our school season.
Is there a swim test?
Yes, there is a swim test on the first day of class for all participants.
What should I bring?
Student should bring their own USCG-approved PFDs and wear beach shoes. Other suggested items are water, sunscreen, swimsuits, towels, hats, and sunglasses. It is also recommended that you label your belongings. We suggest purchasing your life vests and water shoes from Palmer Point Marina. Mention Tod’s Point Sailing School for 10% off your purchase!
Is class held in inclement weather?
Yes! Classes are held rain or shine. We still go out on the water in light to moderate rain but we will not sail in storms or lightning. If sailing is not possible, course curriculum is worked on.
Are makeup classes offered?
Makeup classes are available for adults provided they come for the equivalent day in a future class in that same season. That is, if they miss day 3 of an Adult Basic course they can come to any future Adult Basic day 3. Audits are always available for missed classroom time however, on-the-water time is limited to available space that day. Due to tight scheduling, no make-up days for juniors are offered.
Can I move on to the next level once I have completed my current level?
Your instructor will let you know if you have mastered the skills taught in your current level and if you should advance to the next level or repeat the level.
What is your refund policy?
Refunds subject to a fee of 5% (to recover credit card processing fees) up to 14 days prior to the class start date. Purchases are non-refundable within 14 days of the class start date.No charge to switch classes up to 14 days prior to start date.
Do I need to make a reservation?
You do not need to make a reservation to rent with us but we highly recommend it on weekends and holidays! Reservations can be made by calling our office at 203-637-2022.
What should I bring?
We require a photo ID that we will hold in the office until you return. Other suggested items are water, sunscreen, swimsuits, towels, hats, and sunglasses. We provide adult life jackets for our rentals. Students are welcome to bring their own USCG-approved PFDs.
Do I need to have experience to rent?
No experience is required to rent our kayaks or stand up paddleboards. You will need some sailing experience to rent a sailboat. Your skill level should be equal to the level required by the boat. Our staff will guide you to the appropriate boat based on your experience. Please see the rentals page for more guidance on the skill level required for each boat.
What are the age requirements?
Children under 5 Not permitted
Children 5-8 One adult must accompany each child
Children 9-18 Permitted to go alone with a parent signature on the rental waiver.
What is your Rental Cancellation Policy?
If customer cancels 24 hours prior to the reservation, a full refund will be given. If customer is a no show then no refund will be given. If we must cancel due to inclement weather or unforeseen circumstances, a full refund will be given. A reservation will be held for 15 minutes then we may offer the rental to another customer and a full refund will be given.