You have questions and we have answers! Here are the sandcastle lesson frequently asked questions ...
What precautions are you taking for Covid19?
We are fully vaccinated, but are willing to wear masks if requested.
What forms of payment do you accept?
Cash or check is always appreciated - but you are also welcomed to prepay via paypal (email@example.com) or credit card at https://www.sandyfeetsandcastleservices.com/payme.html.
Where do we meet?
We will plan on meeting you down by the water at the mutually-agreed upon SPI beach. I will be carrying a shovel and some buckets and should be easy to spot - just wave me over.
What happens if it rains/blows like heck out of the north? Or my kid gets sick?
Sandcastling in steady downpour or heavy winds is no fun. And sick folks need to be in bed. You can cancel right up to 15 minutes before our scheduled meeting time, for any reason at all, no hard feelings. However, more advanced notice is better than less.
If you want, we will work with you to reschedule.
We are running a bit late...
It happens. We appreciate a call/text to 956-459-2928 (Lucinda) or 210-683-6477 (Jose) to let us know if you expect a delay. If we have your contact info, we can do the same.
What do we need to bring?
We provide everything you will need for the lesson, though there are some things it doesn't hurt to have more of (i.e. buckets, shovels and cups.) If you can, bring a (common drinking) straw - one end of which you would feel comfortable putting in your mouth.
We want a head start! Is there anything we can do to prep before your arrival?
Eager beavers welcomed! We almost always start with a hole and a pile. Dig close to the shoreline, but not so close that waves are washing up around you. (It helps to know what the tide is doing.) You should hit water by 10-12" max -- that is deep enough. Pile the sand from your hole at least a foot landward from the hole. The bigger the pile, the better. Throw some water on it as you pile it up and it will become more stable. Too complicated? No worries. I am happy to do that part when I get there.
Do you sell your book and tools at lessons?
Everything you use during the lesson can be bought - usually for a very nominal price. Let us know ahead if you want a hard copy of Lucinda's book "Sandcastles Made Simple", as we do not generally carry them to lessons. (Also, you can now download a copy on your Kindle here)
So where exactly is Public Beach Access #16?
If you are not seeing the google maps link above:
Turn beachward (east) on Saturn at Blackbeards’, and another (quick) left on Gulf -- #16 (Neptune Circle) will be on your right. If the parking lot is full, you can park on Gulf Blvd.
Are we expected to tip?
have more fun on the beach forever....!