GENERAL INFO

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Wheeler Bay Course End

COURSE END

Course will end at the Portland International Jetport (PWM). Please choose one of the departure options below: 

Departing BY CAR

 If you are being picked up at the Jetport, whoever is picking up should park in the hourly parking and then come to the Departures area.  Our staff will be in the check-in/ departure area of the airport assisting those students who are traveling by air with their check-ins by around 12:30pm. Please check in with HIOBS staff before departing.

Departing BY PLANE

Please do not schedule a departing flight earlier than 1:30 PM. Our staff will assisting students in checking in by around 12:30pm. PLEASE SEE NOTES BELOW ABOUT FLYING AS AN UNACCOMPANIED MINOR (any student below 16 years of age, flying without an adult).

 

If you think it makes more sense for you to be picked up directly from the Wheeler Bay base, please contact your Course Advisor to discuss alternate arrangements.

 

Recently, the airline industry has adopted stricter guidelines for children ages 16 and under flying unaccompanied by an adult.  Each carrier has different rules about who must fly with Unaccompanied Minor (UM) status, depending on the minor’s age, the flight route and stops. This UM status will require an additional fee of $100-$150+, and may require additional forms. If your child is under 16 and is traveling without an adult, you MUST check to see if the airline you have chosen will designate them as an Unaccompanied Minor, and inform us of his/her status. This allows us to ensure we have sufficient staff at the airport to meet your child upon arrival, and/or accompany them until they board their flight after Course End. We cannot ensure this level of staff support without advance notice.PARENTS of students ages 13-16 who will be flying unaccompanied—please read carefully:

NOTE: The airline may not apply this status when you originally book the travel, but may choose to do so at a later date. They may require you to upgrade to UM status (and pay the additional fee) when your child checks in with the airlines to fly to Course Start.  WE STILL NEED TO KNOW – please call us if this happens. Some airlines may require students 13-15 years old to be designated as Unaccompanied Minors when they check in at the airport for departure at Course End – even if they weren’t designated as an UM on the originating flight, so please make sure to ask your airline about their policies at the time of booking. 

 

Wheeler Bay Course Start

COURSE START

Your course begins at the Portland International Jetport (PWM). Please choose one of the arrival options below:

Arriving BY CAR

Students can be dropped off at the Jetport to meet the HIOBS van shuttle. You must arrive BY 1:30PM.  The address is 1001 Westbrook St, Portland ME 04102.

Upon arrival, please park in the hourly parking and go to the Baggage Claim area. Look for Hurricane Island Outward Bound School staff members – they will be wearing HIOBS apparel, and will have a sign or clipboard with the HIOBS logo (see below)Students may gather in the foyer between the escalator and baggage claim area of the airport starting around 1:00 pm. If you don't see HIOBS staff when you arrive, please sit tight and keep your eyes open for them. They are often moving around greeting students, helping gather baggage and answering questions. Students should check in as soon as possible with the HIOBS staff member, and then wait in one of the seating areas until we have accounted for everyone. 

 

Arriving BY PLANE
Students must arrive BY 1:30PM.  Our HIOBS staff and shuttle van will meet students at the airport. Once you get there, look for Hurricane Island Outward Bound School staff members – they will be wearing HIOBS apparel, and will have a sign or clipboard with the HIOBS logo (see below)Students may gather in the foyer between the escalator and baggage claim area of the airport starting around 1:00 pm. If you don't see HIOBS staff when you arrive, please sit tight and keep your eyes open for them. They are often moving around greeting students, helping gather baggage and answering questions. Students should check in as soon as possible with the HIOBS staff member, and then wait in one of the seating areas until we have accounted for everyone. Unaccompanied Minors - see note below.

If you are arriving early, we suggest purchasing food before going to baggage claim. There are very limited places to eat once you've exited security.

 

If you think it makes more sense for you to arrive directly at the Wheeler Bay base, please contact your Course Advisor to discuss alternate arrangements.

 

UNACCOMPANIED MINORS FLYING INTO Portland Airport.

PARENTS of students ages 13-16 who will be flying unaccompanied—please read carefully:

Recently, the airline industry has adopted stricter guidelines for children ages 16 and under flying unaccompanied by an adult.  Each carrier has different rules about who must fly with Unaccompanied Minor (UM) status, depending on the minor’s age, the flight route and stops. This UM status will require an additional fee of $100-$150+, and may require additional forms. If your child is under 16 and is traveling without an adult, you MUST check to see if the airline you have chosen will designate them as an Unaccompanied Minor, and inform us of his/her status. This allows us to ensure we have sufficient staff at the airport to meet your child upon arrival, and/or accompany them until they board their flight after Course End. We cannot ensure this level of staff support without advance notice.

Your airline will ask you for a contact person and phone number as the designated "pick up" person. Please contact your Course Advisor to get these details.

NOTE: The airline may not apply this status when you originally book the travel, but may choose to do so at a later date. They may require you to upgrade to UM status (and pay the additional fee) when your child checks in with the airlines to fly to Course Start.  WE STILL NEED TO KNOW – please call us if this happens. Some airlines may require students 13-15 years old to be designated as Unaccompanied Minors when they check in at the airport for departure at Course End – even if they weren’t designated as an UM on the originating flight, so please make sure to ask your airline about their policies at the time of booking.

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Travel Intro

Please review the times and locations for Course Start and Course End as you plan your travel to and from course. You should also be familiar with the information on the COVID-19 Health and Safety page.

Do not purchase any travel tickets until your Course Advisor has notified you that you are cleared for course participation (your Course Advisor will notify you that you are cleared once the Admissions Process has been completed). We also recommend that you wait to book travel until your Course Advisor notifies you that we have the minimum number of cleared students on course (see the Admissions Handbook for more info!)...

Once you have been cleared for participation and the course is a "go", your Course Advisor will send you a link to a Travel Form where you will enter your travel plans. You may also choose to send us your travel itinerary (forward us your airline confirmation) if you have connecting flights. If you are planning on dropping off by car, you still need to complete the Travel Form.

TRAVEL DETAILS (FLIGHTS AND DROP-OFFS) ARE DUE TO YOUR COURSE ADVISOR 7 BUSINESS DAYS BEFORE YOUR COURSE START DATE. This helps our airport shuttle teams get organized and ensures we have enough seats available for all students needing a ride.

All students traveling without an adult/ guardian must bring an ID with them when traveling to and/or from course.  If you need to obtain a non-driver ID card, please see your local Department of Motor Vehicles office.  For more information, go to www.dmv.org/id-cards.php.

 
Delays on the Day of Travel

If you encounter problems with your travel plans that will delay your arrival to Maine, we can help troubleshoot solutions so that you can get to your course start - please call 855-802-0307. During business hours, you will be able to speak with your Course Advisor. After hours please follow the prompts for the on-call person for sailing programs.