Frequently Asked Questions

01 I have signed up for a course but want to cancel my application. Can I get a refund?

Normally, once applications are received, we cannot offer a refund unless a replacement student can be found to take your place. Courses are scheduled based on applications in hand, and Instructors are booked and resources arranged. If applications are cancelled with more than 10 days notice, we will make every effort to find a replacement and avoid charging, but under normal circumstances the 50% booking fee will still be payable. If applications are cancelled at the very last minute the full fee will be charged unless a replacement student can be found.
  
02 What is the time schedule for my course, what should I wear and what about lunch?

Full details on the course schedule, suitable clothing and arrangements for lunch are to be found on the first page of the application forms. There are also details on how to get to our club and suggestions about what you should bring with you.
  
03 Do we still sail if it is raining? What about typhoon and rainstorm warnings?

Courses will be cancelled if a Typhoon Signal number 3, Red or Black Rainstorm warning is in force 1.5 hour before the start time of the course. We still go ahead if it is raining or the thunderstorm warning is in force, but activities may well be modified depending on local weather conditions. More information on the application form and also on our "Safety" page of this website.
  
04 I am not a strong swimmer, can I still take part in an ABC Sailing Course?

We require all participants on our courses to be able to swim. However, you will be wearing a buoyancy aid at all times when afloat, so an important factor is to be "confident in the water" rather than being able to swim a very long distance. Normally if you can swim at least one length of a swimming pool this is adequate.
  
05 What is the youngest age that my children can start to learn to sail?

Our junior sailing programme is designed for children aged 7 years and older. Its important that a child's first experience on the water is a positive one, and it is therefore best to wait until they are 7 and have some self confidence and enthusiasm.
  
06 What type of boats will we use to learn to sail? And can I learn together with my children?

The dinghies that we use are illustrated on this website, look on our "Youth" and "Adult" Sail Training Pages. Normally we do not recommend adults to learn to sail together with their children because the boats used are very different, and the techniques used to teach children and adults are a little different.
  
07 If I pass my course, what qualification will I obtain, and is it recognised outside your club or even overseas?

Different courses result in different qualifications. Our Junior "Sea Lion" Courses lead to ABC Certificates, as do a number of activities including the Laser 2000 Course and RS Feva Course, which are basic certificates of competence. We run formal Hong Kong Sailing Federation courses as well, and these result in HKSF Certificates. Applicants can gain a full understanding by reviewing the ABC Sail Training Scheme HERE. We cannot say how overseas sailing centres will treat your certification, but Hong Kong Sailing Federation certificates should be understood overseas as they are based heavily on the UK Royal Yachting Association scheme. Often those with overseas qualifications will be required to take a short test or "assessment" rather than a whole course, but regulations may vary from country to country.