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Important Waivers, Terms and Conditions

Your (or your child’s, if applicable) participation in Little Traverse Sailors is subject to your (and your child’s, if applicable) agreement to the following waivers, terms, and conditions.

These agreements may limit your rights, please read them carefully and let us know if you have any questions or comments.


Liability Waiver — For Participants Over 18

 I acknowledge that participation in the Little Traverse Sailors Sailing School (LTS) poses certain inherent risks which cannot be avoided and acknowledge that I am accepting those risks.

In consideration of the acceptance of applicant’s application, we release and forever discharge Little Traverse Sailors, its Board of Directors, Program Directors and staff from any claim for property damage, injury or death arising out of or during the course of any participation in Little Traverse Sailing School program, and agree to save, indemnify and hold Little Traverse Sailors, its Board of Directors, Program Directors and staff from any liability arising out of our child’s participation in LTS activities.

Additionally, in consideration of the acceptance of my application, we release and forever discharge the Little Traverse Yacht Club, its Board of Directors, staff and members from any claim for property damage, injury or death arising out of or during the course of any participation in any Little Traverse Sailors program, and agree to save, indemnify and hold Little Traverse Yacht Club, its Board of Directors, staff and members from any liability arising out of my participation in LTS activities.

We represent that we have and will maintain sufficient coverage under our homeowner’s or tenant’s liability insurance policy for any negligent acts of applicant in his/her pursuance of LTS activities.

We further certify that, to the best of our knowledge, the applicant is in good physical condition and suffers from no physical, emotional or mental impairment, which would adversely affect his/her ability to safely participate in sailing activities.


Liability Waiver — For Participants Under 18 (Agreed by Parent or Guardian)

 As the parent or guardian of the applicant I acknowledge that participation in the Little Traverse Sailors (LTS) program poses certain inherent risks which cannot be avoided and acknowledge that we are accepting those risks.

In consideration of the acceptance of applicant’s application, we release and forever discharge Little Traverse Sailors, its Board of Directors, Program Directors and staff from any claim for property damage, injury or death arising out of or during the course of any participation in Little Traverse Sailing School program, and agree to save, indemnify and hold Little Traverse Sailors, its Board of Directors, Program Directors and staff from any liability arising out of our child’s participation in LTS activities.

Additionally, in consideration of the acceptance of applicant’s application, we release and forever discharge the Little Traverse Yacht Club, its Board of Directors, staff and members from any claim for property damage, injury or death arising out of or during the course of any participation in any Little Traverse Sailors program, and agree to save, indemnify and hold Little Traverse Yacht Club, its Board of Directors, staff and members from any liability arising out of my participation in LTS activities.

We represent that we have and will maintain sufficient coverage under our homeowner’s or tenant’s liability insurance policy for any negligent acts of applicant in his/her pursuance of LTS activities.

We further certify that, to the best of our knowledge, the applicant is in good physical condition and suffers from no physical, emotional or mental impairment, which would adversely affect his/her ability to safely participate in sailing activities.


Disclaimer of Liability for Racing Events

 I (or my minor child) agree that in signing this form I am bound hereby:

In consideration of the opportunity to participate in  Little Traverse Sailors racing programs and being fully aware of the dangers that may befall mariners, I agree that, for myself and my heirs, legal representatives, successors and assigns, hereby waive any and all claims which I, and any of them, may have against Little Traverse Yacht Club, its Board of Directors, members and agents involved in the organization, supervision and conduct of said program. This waiver is not intended to preclude claims by any individual contestant against any other contestant arising out of any alleged negligent conduct of said contestant.

I agree to be bound by the Racing Rules of Sailing and by all other rules which govern this event and state that my boat above will be outfitted, equipped, and handled in accordance with these rules. I specifically agree that it is my responsibility to see that this boat is seaworthy in hull, rig and gear and that she is competently manned.

Concussion Education Waiver

Little Traverse Sailors, and all other sports organizations, are required by Michigan law to inform you about concussions as well as to train our staff about them.

The following information has been developed by the State for your information. Please read it.

What is a concussion?

A concussion is a type of traumatic brain injury that changes the way the brain normally works. A concussion is caused by a bump, blow, or jolt to the head or body that causes the head and brain to move quickly back and forth. Even a “ding”, “getting your bell rung” or what seems to be a mild bump or blow to the head can be serious.

What are the signs and symptoms of concussion?

Signs and symptoms of concussion can show up right after the injury or may not appear to be noticed until days or weeks after the injury.

If an athlete reports one or more symptoms of concussion after a bump, blow, or jolt to the head or body, s/he should be kept off the water for the rest of the day. The athlete should only return with permission from a health care professional experienced in evaluating for concussion.

Did you know?

  • Most concussions occur without loss of consciousness.
  • Athletes who have, at any point in their lives, had a concussion have an increased risk for another concussion.
  • Young children and teens are more likely to get a concussion and take longer to recover than adults.

Symptoms reported by an athlete are:

  • Headache or “pressure” in head
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Balance problems or dizzines
  • Double or blurry vision
  • Sensitivity to noise
  • Feeling sluggish, hazy, foggy or groggy
  • Concentration or memory problems
  • Confusion
  • Just not “feeling right” or is “feeling down”

Signs observed by staff are:

  • Appears dazed or stunned
  • Is confused by directions
  • Forgets an instruction
  • Is unsure of the race or other sailing activity
  • Moves clumsily
  • Answers questions slowly
  • Loses consciousness (even briefly)
  • Shows mood, behavior, or personality changes
  • Can’t recall events prior to the bump/blow
  • Can’t recall events after the bump/blow

Concussion Danger Signs

In rare cases a dangerous blood clot may form on the brain in a person with a concussion and crowd the brain against the skull. An athlete should receive immediate medical attention if after a bump, blow or jolt to the head or body s/he exhibits any of the following signs.

What should you do if you think your athlete has a concussion?

  1. If you suspect that an athlete has a concussion, remove the athlete from the boat and seek medical attention. Do not try to judge the severity of the injury yourself. Keep the athlete off the water the day of the injury and until a health care professional, experienced in evaluating for concussion, says s/he is symptom-free and it is OK to resume sailing.
  2. Rest is key to helping an athlete recover from a concussion. Exercising or activities that involve a lot of concentration, such as studying, working on the computer, and playing video games, may cause concussion symptoms to reappear or get worse.
  3. Remember: Concussions affect people differently. While most athletes with a concussion recover quickly and fully, some will have symptoms that last for days, or even weeks. A more serious concussion can last for months or longer.

Why should an athlete report their symptoms?

If and athlete has a concussion, his/her brain needs time to heal. While an athlete’s brain is still healing, s/he is much more likely to have another concussion. Repeat concussions can increase the time it takes to recover. In rare cases, repeat concussions in young athletes can result in brain swelling or permanent damage to their brain. They can even be fatal.


Media Release

Little Traverse Sailors takes photos and records videos of our programs and students from time-to-time.  We use these photos and videos for our own uses (such as our website, social media efforts, brochures, etc.), and in many cases they are also made available to our families (via a link on the website).

I authorize Little Traverse Sailors (LTS) or its designee to photograph or record the image of the applicant and give LTS and all persons or entities acting pursuant to LTS’s permission or authority, all rights to the use of these photographs, recorded images and voice. I understand that said images/or voice may be used for educational, advertising, and promotional purposes in all conventional and electronic media, including but not limited to the internet, and any future media. I also authorize the use of any printed material in connection therewith. I understand and agree that these images and recordings may be duplicated, distributed with or without future or further compensation or liability, in perpetuity.

 

 

 

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