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Frequently Asked Questions

general enquiry

Does NSC allow any boat rentals to public to use for leisure sailing?

No, we do not offer boat rentals for the public to use for leisure sailing. Alternatively, you may contact our affiliate clubs;

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Constant Wind (Laser, Windsurfing)
SAFYC (Optimist, Lasers)
Changi Sailing Club (Optimist, Lasers, Pacer, Hulti-hulls, Keelboat)
PA Water Venture (Lasers, Windsurfing)
Aloha SeaSports (Windsurfing)
*Some clubs may requires membership, please do check with them.

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What time does NSC close and does NSC opens on public holiday?

Operating Hours: 9am – 6pm (Daily except for major public holidays)

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Do we need any membership with SSF before we could register for courses?

No membership is required to enrol for any courses. We welcome everyone to learn and enjoy sailing with us.

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Is sailing a safe sport?

We place a major emphasis on safety. You will have a fully qualified instructor with you and it is mandatory to wear a buoyancy aid (which will be provided) at all times.

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Do you conduct any courses for keelboat?

We do not offer any keelboat courses. You can reach out to our various affiliated club that offers them.

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What is the minimum age to join Basic Sailing Course?

The minimum age to join the Adults’ Basic Sailing Course is 13 years old.

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Do you have any sailing courses for kids?

Any children aged between 7 (after birthday) to 12 years old can enrol in our Opti Junior programme.

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What will happen if it is raining before or during lessons?

Weather conditions are always closely monitored by our instructors as well as Front Desk. In the event of a storm or present lightning activity, all the outdoor or water-based activities will be stopped and wet weather programmes will be conducted in the classrooms.
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Our Sailing Programs:

Is the GKA (Gets Kit Afloat) programme conducted at SAFYC similar to Opti Junior Course conducted at NSC?

Yes, GKA (Gets Kit Afloat) and our Opti Junior course covers the same syallabus.

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What is the next pathway after they completed the Opti Junior course?

The Optimisit pathway emphaisze progression and systematic growth. After they graduate, they can move on the next level and join our Opti Sailor training programme.

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Do you have any make up lesson if the child missed any of the sessions?

There are no makeup lessons. We highly encourage sailors to attend every session.

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Can we use skills future credit for any of your courses?

Unfortunately at the moment, you are unable to use the skills future credit to offset the sailing course.

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I am above 60 years old and can swim and with no pre-existing medical conditions, can I enrol for the adult basic sailing course?

Yes, you can! As long as you are physically fit and agile enough to jump in and out of the boat as part of our safety drill for capsized boats.

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My child just signed up for Opti Racer course, can he now take part in the regatta?

Your child will need to complete and graduate from the course to be eligible to take part in regattas.

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Metal Equipment Storage Matters

How can i get a metal locker for my child?

Please email us at info@singaporesailing.org.sg to make a request. The metal lockers are only available for sailors that are enrolled in our programmes. Due to the limited number of lockers, it will be subjeted to availability. You will be placed on a waiting list if there are no available lockers.

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Can I get a replacement key for the metal locker?

You may request for a replacement key at the Front Office. It will be chargeable and there will be a 1 week processing time.

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Can I terminate my rental of the metal locker anytime?

For termination on your usage of our storage spaces or metal lockers, please provide us a 1 month notice via email to info@singaporesailing.org.sg. Penalty fees will be imposed for any failure to provide us with a notice for termination of your rental.

boat storage

What type of storage is available at NSC?

Optimist storage (rack storage only), Laser Open & Rack Storage, Windsurfing storage, 29er/49er storage, metal cabinet storage, cage storage, powerboat storage (only for school program).
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How do I apply for a boat storage?

Please submit the initial request at our Service Centre. Afterwhich all adminstrative applications and payments will be made at the front office. Due to the limited space, it will be subjected to availability.
*Terms and conditions applies

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How much is the boat storage cost?

The storage cost varies depending on your boat and type of storage required. Feel free to drop us an email at info@singaporesailing.org.sg for a quotation.
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How do I make renewal payment for my storage?

A reminder email with a payment link will be sent to you 1 month before the contract expiry. Alternatively you may click on the link here.
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Do I have to inform SSF, if I would like to cancel/terminate my boat storage?

Advance notice of 1 month on your cancellation usage are required in written form or via email at info@singaporesailing.org.sg. Once approved confirmation notice on your cancellation will be sent to you via email.

*Failure to comply with our storage termination procedures, any appeal for waiver or refunds will not be entertained. In addition, any overdue payments or additional charges incurred will be billed to you accordingly.
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I understand that block payment is required for storage, do I get partial refund if I cancel my storage prematurely?

Advance notice of 1 month on your cancellation usage are required in written form or via email at info@singaporesailing.org.sg. Once approved confirmation notice on your cancellation will be sent to you via email.

Failure to comply with our storage termination procedures, any appeal for waiver or refunds will not be entertained. In addition, any overdue payments or additional charges incurred will be billed to you accordingly.
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What happen if my boat/equipment is missing from storage?

You may proceed to our Service Centre or Front Office to check on your missing boat/equipment. Alternatively, you can drop us an email at info@singaporesailing.org.sg. and we will get back to you as soon as we can. Thank you
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I have sold my boat, can the new owner use my current allocated storage space?

All new applicants or new boat owners are not allowed to retain the same storage space used after boat ownership transferred. Our Operation Supervisor will assigned a new storage space and reserved for you. Meantime, you are required to complete all administrative procedures and payment before storing your boat at our premises.
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What will happen to my boat if I do not store my boats at the allocated space?

It is a must to store your sailing boat at the designated storage space assigned to you at all times, as part of our security and safety procedures. Any boat spotted by our SSF staff that was parked illegally or stored at unauthorised space , stern warnings will be issued and recorded. For repeated offence, SSF reserves the right to remove the boat out of NSC boatyard area.

optimist junior

What is the age limit for Opti Junior?
The participant must have turned 7 by the start of the course. The max limit is set for 12 years, however depends more on the size of the child than the age.

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What is the cost of the Opti Junior Course?
Singaporeans: SGD 475.83 (incl. GST); PR/Foreigners: SGD 570.95 (incl. GST).

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Does the participant need to know how to swim?
Yes, a swim test will be conducted in the open sea. Each participant will be equipped with a personal flotation device.

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Is there a difference between the Full Day and the Half Day Opti Junior course?
Subjects covered are the same for both classes. At the end of both courses, the sailor will have the same skills, and can proceed to the Opti Sailor Course, if deemed ready by the coach.

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What do we need to bring?
Suncream, sunglasses with retention strap, cap, water bottle, rubber soled shoes or sailing booties (no sandals!), rashguard or T-shirt and swim shorts (for on-water sessions), a pair of sailing gloves, towel, a set of extra clothing, snack, writing materials (notebook and pen).

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What will be provided by the SSF?
Course training book, Personal Flotation Device (PFD), daily lunch (1 hour break), sailing/training equipment, Certificate of Participation (upon completion).

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What are the next steps after Opti Junior?
The next level on the Optimist Pathway is Opti Sailor, which is a 30 session weekend half day course.

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Will lunch be provided?
Yes, daily lunch will be provided by SSF.

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Do I need to be at NSC and wait for my child during the course or I am able to drop them off?
You do not need to be at NSC throughout the day, however, it would be an advantage for you to be here to observe your child’s progress and discuss with the coach after the lesson to gather feedback on your child.

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Will there be any make up class if my child is unable to attend any of the training days?
Unfortunately we do not provide make up classes If your child is unable to attend all of the sessions. At the end of the course the coach will make an assessment with regards to each sailor on whether or not they are able to proceed to the Opti Sailor course.

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If for unforeseen circumstances, my child is unable to continue with this course, can I request for a refund?
If your child has started the course, we do not provide a refund. Management will decide on a case by case basis if we can do anything to make up for missed sessions.

Optimist Sailor

Can i do only on Saturdays?
Your child is required to attend both days on the weekends

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How many sessions may i forgo this 30 sessions?
It is not recommended that you miss any of the sessions. However, you would need to fulfill at least 80% of your attendance

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I do not intend to purchase a PFD as this is just a hobby. Can i just use the ones at NSC?
We would require you to purchase your own PFD. The NSC PFD is meant for beginner courses only

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What will be provided during the course?
Participant(s) will be provided with the Opti Sailor Course book, optimist boat, boat equipment, facilities, coach and a coach boat for the duration of the course.

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What will my child attain after completing the course?
Based on your child’s assessment, he will attain the Opti Sailor Certification or certification of participation

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Will there be any make up class if my child unable to attend any of the training days?
There will be no make-up classes for sessions missed by the participant(s)

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For unforeseen circumstances, my child unable to continue with his course, can i request for a refund?
SSF do not provide refund(s) unless the course is cancelled

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My child is doing better than the other sailors. Can he/she join the next course immediately?
It is based on the coaches recommendation if the child is able to skip the current course. However, if the Opti Racer course has exceeded more than 10 sessions, we will not approve the transfer

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My child is currently 13 years old and he felt that the boat is not suitable for him anymore. What should i do?
We would recommend you to sign-up your child for the Adult Basic Sailing Course. Upon completing the course, he may join our Laser weekend squad to continue to improve his skills.

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Do i need to be at NSC and wait for my child during the course or i am able to just drop them off?
You do not need to be at NSC throughout the lessons. However, it would be an advantage for you to be here to observe your child’s progress and discuss with the coach after the lesson to gather feedback on your child

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Will the boat issued to my child for the course be the same throughout or will it change every session?
Boats are assigned to the coach for each courses. Coaches will be issuing the boat to your child for usage during each session

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If my child unable to complete his semester or did not graduate with Opti Sailor certification, will he have to retake the whole course all over again?
It is case by case basis that your child would need to retake the course. Based on the coaches assessment of your child, if they only require additional sessions to complete the course, they would not need to retake the course however they will need to attend the extra water time sessions (fees applied)

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I have made payment for the upcoming intake but i am not able to make it. can i transfer to a later intake?
Yes, you can make a transfer of intake provided the request is made to us 1 week prior to the course commencement

optimist racer

Can i do only on Saturdays?
Your child is required to attend both days on the weekends

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How many sessions may i forgo this 30 sessions?
It is not recommended that you miss any of the sessions. However, you would need to fulfill at least 80% of your attendance

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Can i know what are the things that would be tested for my child in order for them to revise at home? Can i have a few pieces of old test papers?
We will not be giving out any test papers for the child to bring home for practice. Nevertheless, the coaches will inform the child on the chapters that they would need to concentrate on

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I do not intend to purchase a PFD as this is just a hobby. Can i just use the ones at NSC?
We would require you to purchase your own PFD. The NSC PFD is meant for beginner courses only

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What will be provided during the course?
Participant(s) will be provided with the Opti Racer Course book, optimist boat, boat equipment, facilities, coach and a coach boat for the duration of the course

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What will my child attain after completing the course?
Based on your child’s assessment, he will attain the Opti Racer Certification or certification of participation

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Will there be any make up class if my child unable to attend any of the training days?
There will be no make-up classes for sessions missed by the participant(s)

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For unforeseen circumstances, my child unable to continue with his course, can i request for a refund?
SSF do not provide refund(s) unless the course is cancelled

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Do i need to be at NSC and wait for my child during the course or i am able to just drop them off?
You do not need to be at NSC throughout the lessons. However, it would be an advantage for you to be here to observe your child’s progress and discuss with the coach after the lesson to gather feedback on your child

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Will the boat issued to my child for the course be the same throughout or will it change every session?
Boats are assigned to the coach for each courses. Coaches will be issuing the boat to your child for usage during each session

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If my child failed this semester, will he have to retake the whole course all over again?
It is case by case basis that your child would need to retake the course. Based on the coaches assessment of your child, if they only require additional sessions to complete the course, they would not need to retake the course however they will need to attend the extra water time sessions (fees applied)

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I have made payment for the upcoming intake but i am not able to make it. can i transfer to a later intake?
Yes, you can make a transfer of intake provided the request is made to us 1 week prior to the course commencement

optimist advance

Can the price be prorated to the number of sessions i am able to attend?
Proration of fees only applies to applicants who signs up for the course after the commencement of training sessions. (E.g. Opti Racer graduates joining Opti Adv C after 8 sessions completed)

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What will be provided during the course?
An optimist boat will be provided for 1 term to participants who does not have their own boat. SSF will provide the coach, coach boat and facilities

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What will my child attain after completing the course?
Your child will attain soft skills to put into practice so that they could further improve himself in the local ranking regattas

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Will there be any make up class if my child unable to attend one of the training days?
There will be no make-up classes for sessions missed by the participant(s)

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For unforeseen circumstances, my child unable to continue with his course, can i request for a refund?
SSF do not provide refund(s) unless the course or session is cancelled

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Can i continue to use the NSC boat throughout the years?
You are only allowed to use NSC boat for 1 term (3 months) and would need to acquire your own boat during the period for the subsequent terms

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Will i be using the same boat used during training for regatta if i made registration of the course under “using NSC boat”?
Yes. You are able to use the training boat as it is covered for usage during the regatta

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How much do i need to pay for using a racing boat during regattas?
Charter fees for racing boat is $58.85 per day. An additional $100 boat damage deposit is required to be made and is refundable

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Can i choose the coach to teach my child for this course?
Coaches are allocated to the respective squad by SSF. Unfortunately we could not accept personal preference of coaches by participants

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I would like to have additional lessons during the weekdays. Can i have a one on one training with the coach?
We are not able to conduct a private or adhoc training on weekdays for participants

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When can my child be promoted to another squad(Adv B or A)?
Promotion to higher squad will be based on your child’s progress in the local ranking regatta. The promotion period happens only after the gold fleet qualifier in January and July

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 I have paid for using NSC boat for training, should i still be paying to transfer the boat to the club for regattas?
Yes, it is the responsibility of the sailors to make payment for the transfer of boat to clubs for the regattas

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Will i be informed when the regatta events open for registration?
It is the sailor’s responsibility to continuously keep check on the upcoming regattas. Nevertheless, our coaches would remind their sailors of the event registration.

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Is there any certification for the course?
There is no certification for this course

laser squad

Can the price be prorated to the number of sessions i am able to attend?
Proration of fees only applies to applicants who signs up for the course after the commencement of training sessions

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What will be provided during the course?
An optimist boat will be provided for 1 term to participants who does not have their own boat. SSF will provide the coach, coach boat and facilities

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What will my child attain after completing the course?
Your child will attain soft skills to put into practice so that they could further improve himself in the local ranking regattas

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Will there be any make up class if my child unable to attend one of the training days?
There will be no make-up classes for sessions missed by the participant(s)

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For unforeseen circumstances, my child unable to continue with his course, can i request for a refund?
SSF do not provide refund(s) unless the course or session is cancelled

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My child does not know how to sail. Can i put him in this course for him to learn?
We would recommend you to sign up your child for the Adult Basic Sailing Course. Only after he have completed the course would he be able to join in the Laser training squad

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Can i continue to use the NSC boat throughout the years?
You are only allowed to use NSC boat for 1 term (3 months) and would need to acquire your own boat during the period for the subsequent terms

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Will i be using the same boat used during training for regatta if i made registration of the course under “using NSC boat”?
Yes. You are able to use the training boat as it is covered for usage during the regatta

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How much do i need to pay for using a racing boat during regattas?
Charter fees for racing boat is $82.39 per day. An additional $100 boat damage deposit is required to be made and is refundable

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I have paid for using NSC boat for training, should i still be paying to transfer the boat to the club for regattas?
Yes, it is the responsibility of the sailors to make payment for the transfer of boat to clubs for the regattas

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I do not wish to take part in any regattas but only wanted to sail. Will i get a refund for the regatta days?
No. Refunds are only made if there are cancellation of event or course

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Will i be informed when the regatta event open for registration?
It is the sailor’s responsibility to continuously keep check on the upcoming regattas. Nevertheless, our coaches would remind their sailors of the event registration.

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Is there any certification for the course?
There is no certification for this course

basic sailing course

What is the cost of the Adult Basic Sailing Course?
The cost is SGD 561.75 (incl. GST).

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Does the participant need to know how to swim?
Yes, a swim test will be conducted in the open sea. Each participant will be equipped with a personal flotation device.

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What do we need to bring?
Suncream, sunglasses with retention strap, cap, water bottle, rubber soled shoes or sailing booties (no sandals!), rashguard or T-shirt and swim shorts (for on-water sessions), a pair of sailing gloves, towel, a set of extra clothing, snack, writing materials (notebook and pen).

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Do I need to bring my own lunch?
No, daily lunch will be provided by SSF and there will be a 1 hour lunch break.

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What boat is used for the Adult Basic Sailing?
The Laser, which is a single-handed vessel, is used during the BSC.

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What will be provided by the SSF?
Course training book, Personal Flotation Device (PFD), daily lunch (1 hour break), sailing/training equipment, Certificate of Participation (upon completion).

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Will I receive a Level 1 Proficiency card following the completion of the course?
There will be a theory and practical assessment on the last day of the course. If you pass, you may complete a short online application to obtain your Level 1 Proficiency card.

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Will there be any make up class if my I’m unable to attend one of the training days?
Unfortunately we do not provide make up classes If you are unable to attend the full four days of the course. Instead, you may sign up for the Level 1 Proficiency Assessment which covers the last two days of BSC. It includes on day of theory and water time and a second day of the theoretical and practical assessment.

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If for unforeseen circumstances, I am unable to continue with his course, can I request for a refund?
If you have started the course, we do not provide a refund. Management will decide on a case by case basis if we can do anything to make up for missed sessions.

ActiveSG Swimming pool program

This programme is in collaboration with ActiveSG and is designed to enable experience of sailing in the local swimming pools.
It is a 1-2 hours programme.

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Which are the places that offers this programme?
The programmes are currently available at Jurong West Swimming Complex, Our Tampines Hub (OTH) and Yio Chu Kang Swimming Complex.

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What time does the programme start?
Please refer to ActiveSG’s programme timeline posted on their website.

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Where can I book the slots?
You can book the slots with ActiveSG using the link here.