Sail Caribbean: COVID-19 Information
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Sail Caribbean, COVID-19

Updated: 02/01/2021

Sail Caribbean is committed to ensuring the safest possible experience in Summer 2021, even as the COVID-19 pandemic persists. We are confident that a combination of pre-travel testing, on-arrival testing, onboard precautions, and quarantine and isolation protocols make Sail Caribbean among the safest options for teen travel this summer.

Sail Caribbean has the unique benefit of having a staff member as our Epidemiologist and Risk Management Consultant for our COVID risk-management plan. Sara Stone has served as Sail Caribbean Captain and Sailing Director and is our Wharton School Leadership Expedition Director, so she is very familiar with our unique programs. Sara now works as an independent consultant, focused on risk management and strategic decision-marking during health emergencies. She holds a Master of Science Degree in the Control of Infectious Diseases from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, worked as a Health Education Fellow at Harvard University, responded to the 2014-2015 Ebola Outbreak with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and served as an intern in the Division of Health Security and Emergencies for the World Health Organization (WHO).

 

Sail Caribbean’s COVID-19 Protocols for Summer 2021

Sail Caribbean’s COVID plan will adhere to guidelines from the World Health Organization (WHO), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the American Camp Association (ACA), as well as the BVI Government. Our plan will evolve and gain details over the next few months, alongside new research, vaccinations, and travel regulations. We will continually update this page with any significant changes, as well as e-mail this information to families who are joining us. It is impossible to create a risk-free environment, but we will do everything we can to minimize risk in every aspect of our programs.

Pre-program:
All participants will be required to self-quarantine and self-monitor for 10 days prior to the start of a program. Activities with increased potential for exposure, including gathering with friends, eating in restaurants, gym sports, etc., must be avoided. In doing so, participants reduce the risk that they will be exposed to COVID and become infected themselves, and reduce the chances of becoming a close contact of a positive case. Within 72 hours of departure, participants must receive and provide documentation of a negative PCR test. If participants receive a positive test result or have close contact with someone who tests positive for COVID in this time period, they will not be permitted to travel and join their program, as per current guidelines.

Arrival in the BVI:
As of February 1, 2021, the BVI Government requires that all travelers take a COVID test upon arrival into the territory, and another test 4 days later. Anyone who tests positive upon arrival or during their program, will be immediately isolated in a hotel room and supervised and cared for by Sail Caribbean staff for the remainder of their program. We will have pre-arranged response protocol in coordination with local medical services to provide the best care possible. Parents will be welcomed to join their child in a nearby room, and consideration for travel back home will be determined by BVI and international travel rules.

Onboard the boats:
Each boat with staff and crew will form their own “pod,” being in close contact only with fellow crew members. Open hatch ventilation below and sleeping on deck will be prioritized. Mask wearing will be determined based on best practices as summer approaches. Staff will administer and record daily temperature and symptom checks. Any interactions and activities between boats will take place outside, with risk-mitigating practices such as social distancing and mask-wearing as determined.

Positive test procedure:
If either staff or participants exhibit symptoms of COVID, or receive a positive test result, they will immediately be isolated in a hotel room and tested if required. Crewmates will also be tested and quarantine together with increased symptom monitoring as health guidelines require. While the rest of the crew is in quarantine, they will be able to enjoy all program activities except for scuba diving. Parents will be responsible for the costs associated with isolation or quarantine requirements that continue beyond the last day of a scheduled program.

Travel

We recommend that you wait until at least mid-February to book flights, as airlines are still ramping up their flight schedules to St. Thomas and Tortola. We are watching this closely and will keep you informed. We also recommend you check the airline’s rebooking terms and/or refund policy to ensure you feel comfortable should your plans or the program be changed. Sail Caribbean is not responsible for any fees associated with travel.

If you have any questions or would like to speak with someone on our team, please do not hesitate to reach out at 800-321-0994 or info@sailcaribbean.com.

Refund, Insurance and Cancellation Policies

The deadline for a full tuition refund is April 1, 2021. After that point tuition will not be refunded. Insurance policies will be available to all our families, and we strongly urge families to purchase insurance to protect their investment. Details to follow shortly.

In the unlikely event of the BVI issuing new tourist restrictions prohibiting running a program, or if Sail Caribbean cancels a program, we will fully refund tuition. We would notify you by email and with an update to our website. You would have the option to apply paid tuition to another trip in 2021, roll over your tuition to the summer of 2022, or receive a full tuition refund.