Frequently asked questions

What do we need to bring?
  • Foul weather gear
  • Boat shoes
  • Sweater or sweatshirt
  • Bathing suit
  • Preferred sun block
  • Sunglasses
  • Hat
  • Small flashlight
How do we sign up for a program?​
Contact Captain Fred at 860-227-7397 or to confirm the availability of the program you want and arrange to send a $500.00 refundable deposit to reserve the dates. The balance is due a week before your scheduled cruise.
What is your refund policy? 
In the event that you have good reason to not be able to join us and you let us know a week in advance, we are glad to refund your fee in full. However, because the fee goes to support severely burned children we encourage you to keep your deposit going to these very special kids.
Who are our checks made out to and where are they sent?
Angel Charities, Inc. P.O. Box 1013, Old Lyme, CT 06371
Are the program dates flexible?
If the other scheduled programs don't conflict with your desired dates we are glad to try to accommodate you.
Can you take more or less than four people?
A program can not have more than four or less than three students in order to give the individual attention necessary to make it worth your while.
Where and at what time do we meet you in Rockland Harbor?
The program starts at the Harbormaster's office at the municipal pier at 8:30 AM on DAY 1.
What time do we return from the cruise?
We will return to the Municipal Pier at approx 4:30 PM on DAY 3.
How many people are on-board to teach the program?
There are usually two people (Captain & Mate) to teach and run the boat.
If all four students are women will there be female instructors?
If your preference is to have "women taught by women", we will make every attempt to have both a female captain and mate. We are glad to discuss this prior to your signing up for a cruise.
What if we one of us has special dietary needs?
If we are informed a week in advance we will do our best to meet your requirements.
What if I'm prone to sea sickness?
We recommend that you contact your primary care physician about getting a prescription for "The Patch". It goes behind your ear and is a remarkably effect preventative measure.
Do we need to bring sleeping bags?
No, we will have lightweight sleeping bags aboard along with sleeping bag liners and pillows.
Do we need to wear boat shoes?
Yes, or non-marking rubber soled shoes that grip well when wet.
What is the youngest student allowed in the program?
18 years old. 
What if bad weather is forecast for my cruise?
Bad weather is a fact of life in cruising and we will most likely still go unless the weather is deemed dangerous. 
Do you have more advanced cruises for more advanced students?
Yes, we also offer an offshore program that goes through the night and prepares students for offshore passages.