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Frequently Asked Questions & Resources

Safe Boating Starts with You!

Although boating is a recreational activity, safety standards must be taken seriously.

Click on the button below to access the Boating Safety Guide by Brown & Crouppen.

Spinlock vest for children
Spinlock vest for children
  • Is it mandatory to apply for admission to the Academy?
    Yes, it is mandatory to apply and pay the annual enrollment fee to participate in any sailing course, with the exception of: Private one-on-one clinics Sailing camps Adult Basic Keelboat course
  • What you need to know about Applying
    All applications are handled online on this site. If you are unable to apply online, we will be more than happy to help you fill out your application over the phone.
  • When does my enrollment fee in the Academy expire?
    Your enrollment fee expires 365 days after you are officially admitted to the academy. Remember, it is an annual fee.
  • What happens when my annual enrollment fee expires?
    When your annual enrollment fee expires, you will no longer be able to enjoy the benefits of being a Club member. You will no longer be able to register for classes or participate in any other activities that require payment of tuition. This means that you will not be able to take any classes, use the equipment at discounted price, or participate in any members-only activities.
  • What is the code of conduct of the Academy and Club?
    To read the code of conduct of the Academy and Club, please click on the document below.
  • Are the Instructors & Coaches qualified?
    Our coaches are experienced sailors who are passionate about teaching the sport to others. We do our best to match our coaches with fleets or boats that they are familiar with, so that they can provide the best possible instruction. ​ At a minimum, all SMAP coaches are trained Level 1 by US Sailing. This certification ensures that they have the skills and knowledge necessary to teach sailing safely and effectively. In addition, all of our coaches are certified in first aid, CPR. This ensures that they are prepared to handle any emergency that may arise. ​ In addition to their skills and knowledge, our coaches are also committed to creating a fun and positive learning environment. We believe that kids learn best when they are engaged and having fun. Our coaches use positive reinforcement and encouragement to help kids develop their sailing skills.
  • What are the benefits of membership?
    Fellowship with a community of people working to help grow the sport of sailing and make it accessible to all by means of fleets of sailboats for public use, affordable programs, programs for schools, groups and community organizations. Together we provide the life-affirming experience of sailing and being on the water to all ages, regardless of economic resources. With discounts on: Sailboat Rentals – well-maintained RS Quest, RS Aeros, RS Qubas, and RS CAT16 are available at the SMAP facilities in Shelter Bay Marina. Rentals are discounted for members for daily recreational sailing, and during some regattas. Group and Private US Sailing certified instruction – Learn to sail, improve your skills, and meet like-minded sailors. Boat Storage – Affordable and premier waterside storage at the SMAP facilities in Shelter Bay Marina Special event tickets for socials, fundraisers, presentations and more. SMAP Merchandise – Show your support with branded gear such as T-shirts, hats, bags, and burgees. Brands sold by SMAP Shop such as: Gill, Rooster, Spinlock, Allen Brothers, RS Sailing, Melges, McLaughlin Optimist, FarEast Optimist, among others. Special member-only benefits: Access to "members-only" meetings at Club De Yates Y Pesca De Panamá Ability to bring 1 guest per month to sail with you for free Free towing service Opportunity to participate in seminars, race management courses and chalk-talks with Pros.
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