Hours of Operation: Monday – Sunday 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
During the sailing season, typically May 1st – Labor Day Weekend
Cost: Zero! Compass Point Veteran Outreach is a 501c(3) non-profit organization. *Lodging and food are the responsibility of attendees; both are available in the local area.
Who Can Attend? Veterans and/or veteran families. No limit on family size; in this regard there are programs for all family members in a variety of venues. Preschool aged children are unable to participate.
Training Schedule: The minimum duration of sailing instruction is two days, the maximum can be a week or more.
Courses Offered: Basic Sailing, Coastal Cruising, Charter Cruising, and Advanced Coastal Cruising.
Requirements: DD-214 or NGB-22 must be provided. A semblance of fitness, to include ability to comprehend the dynamics of sailing are necessary. Disabled veterans are accepted; significant disabilities will be assessed during the intake process.
Intake Process: Interview with Captain to determine what type of service you are seeking and determine abilities to best fit you with the right service.
What Happens During the Program: For personal services, individuals are taught how to sail on a large vessel. Classroom instruction is followed by an on the water training. Venues cover basic to advanced sailing; basic is usually a two – four day program and advanced can do up to a week or more. All crew members are veterans. Family orientated services consist of a small boat course where each family member is taught the basics and a team/crew approach to sailing on a bigger boat as a family.
Staff Credentials: All staff are trained in accordance with the American Sailing Association (ASA) standards, by ASA instructors. All staff are veterans and CPR/BLS certified. Social Workers, Nutritionist, and Nurses are available on weekends if requested. Licensed USCG Captains are present during all training operations.