FAQ

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  • How to get there?

    We set airport pick-up at Sanya Phoenix Airport, it takes just 35mins car-ride to hotel. You could also take bullet train to Sanya station, where we also have receptionist. During the fly, Airline crew have children-care service to ensure your child’s safety.

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  • Where is the winter camp?

    Live in Sanya forest Yuedu resort, Hainan province and sailing would be in Sanya Yalong Bay Yacht Club.

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  • What is the background of Vanhang? Do you have experience to winter camp operation?

    Vanhang Sailing is a joint venture company established by Vanke and BSC. Our team consists of English coaches with RYA and Chinese coaches with IYT. In addition to Topaz training , we also provide water activities, say, kayaking, paddling and raft building. Land based activities includes beach volleyball, courses of art, outdoor survival and ocean knowledges.

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  • Why do they need to learn sailing , is there anything special to help?

    Sailing is an interesting and challenging sport, which help your child learn from nature and shape characteristic. It can also help enhance body-coordination and sense of wind. Sailing is very helpful for building up abilities such as leadership, cooperation and judgment.

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  • Why do I choose Vanhang instead of other institute?

    Beijing sailing center(BSC), as Vanhang’s share holder, has 8 years experiences for safe operation and bilingual training. With a safe and pleasant learning atmosphere, our children could enjoy themselves, learning about what is called 4C education in 21 centry, critical thinking, communication, collaboration and creativity.

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  • How does the camp benefit children?

    Generally speaking, sailing will enable to let children’s confidence soar. They will not only master sailing skills and simple sailor knots, but also learn basic knowledges about wind and tide. With assistance from professional mentors, children could easily gain sense of succuss and enhance their abilities through practices.

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  • Age limitation for child.

    Parent-child camp is for children who are over 6 years old, and independent or senior camp is for children with age of at least 8.

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  • What if the children can not swim?

    Totally no problem, this is exactly a great opportunity to build up confidence and love for ocean. During water activities, every child is required to put on life jacket and helmet.

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  • When can I sign up for a camp and how long will it takes to get a confirmation after the sign-up.

    Now you could get started and just make sure to sign up 1 week before every winter sailing camps. You will soon receive a confirmation message right after the payment.

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  • How to divide children in groups?

    Our coaches will divide children in different groups according to age and sailing abilities when we arrive at the training base.

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  • Are parent and child separated when leaning?

    One Topaz for one group, which constitutes a parent and a child.

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  • How to arrange a family of three?

    One parent with the child and the other could either stay in the hotel or takes part in half-day sailing, which need additional charge.

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  • How to charge a family of  three or four  people for the parent-child camp?

    Usually Topaz is fit only for two people, for this reason, we strongly recommend a parent-child combination. We provide half-day sailing experience for the extra member, 3 hours, and the price is 450.

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  • For independent camp, how to charge if parents want to company their child while living in the hotel, and want to experience sailing?

    Normally half-day sailing costs 980yuan, and for parents whose children have signed up for winter camp, they could enjoy half-day sailing that costs only 450yuan. Please dial 089838232888 for hotel booking. We suggest you make your choice while comparing with online booking, which may have discount.

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  • What about the type of boats?

    We use Topaz(2 people) for training camp. We use main sail in the fundamentals and fore sail and ball sail only in senior training. Omega(5 people at most)is fit for two sailors in silver level to experience.

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  • Is sailing safe or not?

    Sailing is a safe and exciting sport for everyone. Safety is our first principle. We would arrange land-based activities if we come across bad weather.

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  • Is sailboard, kayaking and paddling safe?

    We give children professional instructions and arrange activities only in the adequate preparation.

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  • How to ensure children’s safety?

    Safety meeting is held every time before water activities. Children is required to wear life jacket and there will be lifeguards on boats around to give necessary aids.

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  • How many students for one coach?

    There will be no more than 6.

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  • Can you give me the insurance details?

    We buy insurance for camping students and coach from Ping An Property and Casualty Insurance Company of China.

    • Type: Short-term group accidental injury insurance of Ping An
    • Insured liability: accidental death and disability insurance, accidental injury medical treatment
    • Covered amount: 10 thousands RMB and 2tousands RMB severally
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  • What means of transport do we use? And where to pick up my child?

    We will send you an email one week before the camp about the details

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  • Do children need any special clothing or equipment?

    Quick drying clothes are recommended, along with a pair of water shoes.

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  • Where are children living, how many children in one room?

    For parent-child camping, each family will live in a superior double. For independent and senior camping, we arrange 8-10 children to live in one room.

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  • Details of meal

    Foods are offered in training base by restaurants that strictly follow dietary standard and control allergenic risks. Please let us know any special requirement in advance, for instance, food allergy.

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  • How many life teachers for children throughout the journey?

    Vanhang adopts high-level training for the entire staff. Basically, coaches and life teachers are taking care of children in all aspects. Usually we have one life teacher for ten children.

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  • Are parents allowed to company? If yes, how about their meals and lodging?

    We would accommodate parents who want to company their children. However, it is strongly suggested to let children to experience independently. We welcome parents to our children’s sailing test in the final day.

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  • Is it possible if my child wants to live with his friend?

    Yes, we will try our best to arrange, but no 100% promise. Please let us know in advance.

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  • What equipments do we need to prepare for our child?

    We suggest quick-dry clothing and sailor shoes.

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  • Cash

    Please prepare necessary equipments and we suggest each child have 200-400yuan, we would provide fruits for each meals.

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  • Luggage

    You may need a small or middle size mobile suitcase for luggage. What is more, a backpack to carry clothing, towels, sunglasses, suncream is also needed when you are on the move between the training base and living place.

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  • Suggested List

    1. one to two set of swim suits
    2. five pairs of quick-dry pants
    3. five quick-dry T-shirts,( Long or short sleeves are both OK)
    4. one pair of sun-glasses
    5. two towels
    6. five pairs of underwear
    7. one pair of pajamas
    8. one pair of slippers used when in dormitory
    9. toiletries, skin care and comb
    10. three pairs of quick-dry trousers.

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  • Is electronic products or valuables available? How to keep it safe?

    We do not suggest they bring any electronic products or valuable stuff.

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  • Why does a 7-days camping actually have 5-days activities?

    We take long distance to Sanya into consideration, therefore we hope to provide enough time for your family. We do not add sailing cost to the first day and the last day.

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  • How to ensure children’s safety for onshore activities?

    Life teachers and coaches would keep their eyes on children and make sure they are safe.

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  • What is the arrangement for bad weather day?

    When we come across extreme weather like Typhon and thunderstorm, we would arrange indoor activities, which include interpretation of the sailing boat structure, sailing principles and sailor knot tie.

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  • What if my child getting sick during camping?

    We offer basic medical treatment and take care of them, if the symptoms are increasing, we would inform their parents and sent them to hospital at once.

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  • How to deal with accidental injury?

    First aids will be provided by well-trained coaches. We do not casually apply ointment, we will sent the injured to the hospital and inform their parents if necessary.

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  • Measures of Anti-mosquito

    No mosquito onshore at daytime but there will be some at night. Mosquito repel is recommended.

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  • Means of anti sun

    We have shade and shelter onshore, during water activities, we make sure children are well hydrated, meanwhile anti-sun cream will be very helpful.

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  • What grade will participants reach when they finish the winter camp?

    Winter camping is for children to start from zero, they will master the fundamentals of sailing knowledges and skills when they leave.

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  • Background of the coach

    We own qualified Chinese coaches with IYT and English coaches with RYA. Each coaches is in charge of no more than six children.

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  • Teaching language

    We provide bilingual teaching and would first divide children in groups according to their language skills level, because some may face difficulty of understanding terminology.

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  • What is the sailing course system?

    We adopt International Yacht Train(IYT) system, which owns several levels. Your child will accept Bronze-Level for the first time training.

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  • Can we get any certificate? What is it for?

    We would mail a IYT certificate to you right after you finish the winter camp your child has passed the test.

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  • What is the plan for children who have Bonze-level certificate?

    Further study for next level, to master sailing more independently.

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  • What is the plan for other activities?

    In addition to Sailing, we also have kayaking and paddling. Before we start, we are going to divide children into two big groups, one will be at water activities and the other will take part in onshore events.

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  • Any pre-training materials?

    We start training children in the camp training center. Before we start, we give a warming-up introduction to get everybody familiar with the camping

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  • How to purchase special sailing clothing?

    We can help to order sailing clothing, please call 400-8098-891 for more info.

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  • Is there pre-camping tips?

    Yes, you would have it in email one week before the journey.

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  • I am interested in the camping, but my child is a little worried, how to guide?

    That is normal when children get worried. We would like to contact your child directly and give him more psychological and professional guidance.

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  • Is the camping helpful for children who is going to study abroad?

    Absolutely. Sailing is a international sport and communication tool. With sailing, your child would not only have better relationship with friends from all walks of life, but also can experience more exotic culture and places. Further more, sailing could be your career just like most of our coaches who have been keeping their passion since their childhood.

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  • How to get instant information about my child’s condition in the camp?

    We would give a review and share photos on Wechat groups in the evening.

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  • What if my child knows no one in the camp?

    We promise every single child would be welcome. Funny activities and games like ice-breaking games warm and tight their relationships. We believe throughout each activities, they know more about each other and that would become a valuable memory for the rest of life.

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  • What will children gain when they leave?

    Sailing is a lifelong skill, we believe they would keep moving. Making friends, traveling all around the world with international certificate is amazing.

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  • Do you have on-dining facilities and a bar?

    No currently we don’t have an on-dining facilities or bar yet. Within two minutes of walk there’s a restaurant and bar where guests can get food and beverages, however making an arrangement in advance with us is also an option. We have managed to arrange BBQ lunches and dinners in previous occasions.

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  • Some of my friends and family are non-sailors, is there anything for them to do?

    There is a golden sandy beach at our center. Guests can do hiking, picnic, build a sand castle, play beach volleyball, football or Frisbee, rent a bike and ride around the beach or city. We also provide kayaks, windsurfing boards, and SUP (Stand Up Paddleboard) exclusively for our guests.

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  • Are there safety boats on the water?

    Yes. Safety is our main priority at BSC, we always have at least one safety boat out on the water and we increase the amount based on the number of boats on the water.

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  • Is there accommodation onsite?

    There is not accommodation onsite however there are several hotels a short taxi or bike away, the most popular is the Sheraton Hotel in Beidaihe. This hotel can also accept foreign visitors.

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  • Will I get any information prior to my course?

    Yes, you will receive an email with joining instructions attached, they will tell you the time, date and location as well as any additional information relevant to your course.

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