Adult Sailing Lessons

COVID-19 Registration Policies:

As of June 30, 2021, the province is entering Step 2 of reopening which will allow all sailing programs to proceed within the following guidelines: 

  • Team sports (instruction, practice, and competition) can proceed as long as there is no likelihood of sustained physical contact between participants – meaning that you are allowed to sail in boats with others as long as you ensure there is no sustained and engaged physical contact.
  • While doing outdoor sports, masks are not needed. Following best practices of maintaining distance and wearing masks at other times (such as in preparation and post sport activity) is encouraged.
  • All sailors on the same boat are no longer required to be from the same household.

BYC is committed to running safe and fun programs this summer and will continue to update our safety measures and protocols in order to ensure a safe environment for all sailors, staff, and volunteers. 

Adult Programs at BYC

BYC has a long tradition of great coaches, amazing waters, and the best location on Kempenfelt Bay to learn to sail. BYC sailing school offers adult learn to sail and keelboat courses, as well as clinics. 

You do not need to be a member to enroll in our sailing school. 

All our instructors are fully qualified CANSail Instructors.  Coaches have spent years training as sailors and achieved national instructor certification through Sail Canada. Certification includes everything from first aid, water safety, teaching, lesson planning, leadership, and most importantly sailing. 

Using Sail Canada’s CANSail programming – our instructors maximize as much time on the water as possible with an emphasis on practical sailing as well as sailing theory, rigging, and boat maintenance. More importantly, our instructors and coaches teach their lessons by doing and showing rather than talking and testing.

Adult Sailing Lesson Options

2 sailboats launching at the Barrie Yacht Club
adult sailing on Kempenfelt Bay in Barrie Ontario

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