General Questions About Stuff

 Here are some commonly asked questions about boating with us. If there is anything that you don’t see here, feel free to email us at [email protected]

Can I rent a sailboat?

We don’t have sailboats for rental, but they are available to season pass holders! A season pass holder may attend our sailing clinics, or pass a basic checkout to show us that they know how to sail.

What should I wear and bring with me?

You should wear any clothing that will protect you from the sun. Hat, sunglasses, clothing you don’t mind getting wet, close-toed shoes. If it’s cooler outside, or rain is in the forecast, bring some extra non-cotton clothes - remember that it’s often cooler by the water than it is on land!

Also bring a snack, water and a plastic bag to pick up trash or put your wet clothes in. Zip Lock bags are useful to seal up anything you really want to keep dry.

When can I take out a Kayak/SUP in the Spring?

We try and open as soon as the weather gets warm. However, we wait until the water temperature gets above 60 degrees. This usually happens sometime in the beginning of May in Massachusetts. 

How old do I have to be to rent a boat?

We want everyone to love boating as much as we do so we only ask that:

  • If you are age 15 and under, your parent or guardian signs the agreement form and you have an adult present on the water.
  • If you're an adult with a group under 15, every child must have a agreement form signed by their parents/guardians and a supervising adult is on the water with the group all the time.
  • If you're age 16 or 17, you have to have an agreement form signed by your parent/guardian, but then you can go onto the water on your own.
  • If you're age 18 and over, well you just have to sign the agreement form and we'll have plenty of those at each site.

Do I have to reserve a boat? Can I reserve a boat?

We do not take boat reservations, everything is first come, first serve. However, we have plenty  of boats on hand that even if they are all out, the wait is not long.

Can I bring my dog with me on the boat?

Of course! We even have dog life jackets to make sure your best friend is as safe as you are. Unfortunately, they are the only pet life jackets we have, so it’s dogs only.

Can we get out of a boat and explore?

If you are in a kayak, canoe, or pedal boat - absolutely! In fact, we encourage you to explore the islands of Hopkinton State Park and the shores and trails of Spot Pond. But if you're in a sailboat, there is no landing for you. You see, it can damage the hull, and we want to make sure you stay safe and the boat stays in good condition for the next person to enjoy!

Oh - and you can’t jump out or go swimming from any of the boats. It’s not because we don’t want you to have fun, but there are all sorts of other motorboats, underwater obstacles and it’s just not safe. Check with the staff, there may be a designated swim area nearby!

Will I tip over in a Kayak, Canoe or Paddleboard?

Possibly, but you know what? It's actually quite normal. They are very stable boats when you're sitting in them, but when you stand up you won't be surprised to find that capsizing is very likely!

But don't worry. You will be wearing a lifejacket, and if you really want to make sure capsizing is no problem, try our Intro to Kayaking or Intro to Paddleboarding classes!

Do I have to wear a lifejacket?

Absolutely! Wearing a lifejacket when you use our equipment is one of those things we won’t budge on. But we’ll give you one that fits perfectly, and our team will help you however they can; putting it on, checking the zippers until you’re snug as a bug!

General Questions About Camp

Are the instructors qualified?

Yes! All of our camp counselors are qualified with at least CPR and First aid certifications. Most counselors are Red Cross lifeguard certified as well, and any training from the American Canoe Association and US Sailing is kept up to date. We make sure that we have a 1:7 ratio, with 1 lifeguard or instructor to every 7 campers.

What are the achievement awards?

We love to recognize the kids for a job well done (and they love it too), so we offer Achievement Awards at the end of every camp week. These are based on the skills the kids learn during camp and are completely voluntary to participate in, but the kids love being able to show off their accomplishments! These awards also help is to work out the skill levels before kids sign up for more advanced camps.

Sailing Achievement Awards:

  • Deck Hand
  • Skipper
  • Helmsman

Paddling Achievement Awards:

  • Paddling
  • Advanced Paddling
  • Paddler Rescue

Do I have to book multiple weeks consecutively?

Nope! You can book your weeks throughout the entire summer, as well as mixing and matching the programs. Feel free to sign up for both sailing and kayaking!

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A Thorough Paddling You Say?

29 Jul 2015

An all too common misnomer at the boathouse is referring to all of our paddles as “oars.” We want to clear this up very quickly: We do not have oars.

Even for a canoe?

Correct, even for a canoe.

A paddle and an oar differ greatly and should not be confused. An oar is used for rowing, a paddle for canoeing, kayaking, and hazing.