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Adult CANSail Learn To Sail – Dinghy

CANSail is designed as a progressive set of standards focused on a foundation of core sailing skills. Each CANSail level has a checklist of associated skills that must be consistently performed by each sailor to achieve certification at that level. A sailor progresses thru the levels of consolidating knowledge and experience over time.

CANSail 1 thru 4 introduces fundamental sailing skills. As the first step in learning to sail a small boat, you’ll learn about the different parts of the boat, and learn some basics sailing skills – like tiller steering and proper body position.

The Learn to Sail program is an excellent opportunity to introduce the older folks to the exciting world of sailing. The adult learn to sail program is a “low pressure” approach to sailing that combines classroom sessions with on the water time with dinghies. This is an excellent introduction to the sport of sailing as it provides the fundamentals of boat handling and sails trim in a fun and easy to learn atmosphere.

Dates/Pricing: Adult Learn to Sail a Dinghy


  • Weekends: July 15/16 & 22/23 or August 12/13 & 19/20 – 24 hours; 10am – 4pm; $800.00 + HST
  • Tuesday evenings: June 25 – August 27 – 30 hours; 6pm – 9pm; $1,000.00 + HST

Adult CANSail Learn To Race – Dinghy

Ready to take your love of sailing to the next level? Racing is an integral part of the BYC experience.  It is a great way to improve your sailing skills and get to know more sailors both at BYC and the surrounding Lake Simcoe clubs. 

Students must have basic skills on how to sail a small boat such as a Laser, Vibe or 420. Expected skills include tacking and gybing, sail trim and righting a capsized dinghy. Students will be taught to rig their boats properly as well as the beach launching and recovery process. Sailing skills will be developed while doing racing drills and short races. The focus will be hands-on experience and learning by doing while having fun on the water.

This is for those 19 and older.

Dates/Pricing: Adult Learn to Race a Dinghy


  • Every Monday – June 26 to August 28 *Adult must have prior sailing experience and basic skills such as tacking, gybing, capsize and recovery.
  • $1,050.00 + HST for new students
  • $950.00 + HST for returning students
  • Sailing in our Vibes, 420’s and Lasers depending on boat handling skills
  • Hours: 6pm – 9pm

What is CANSail

The CANSail Program is Sail Canada’s national training program for sailing in dinghies. The program is made up of core standards that promote progressive training of core dinghy sailing skills and knowledge. CANSail programming means lots of time on the water in a safe, fun and active learning environment. Sailors learn the skills and enter into fun and challenging experiences suited to their age and stage of development. The programming is designed to get – and keep – sailors excited about sailing for life!

Why CANSail

CANSail is designed to be a set of progressive learn to sail standards focused on providing sailors with a solid foundation of core skills. It allows sailors to learn and progress in any type of boat and consolidates key skills and solid experiences before adding complex skills.

Private, Semi-Private & Private Group Dinghy Lessons

Private dinghy lessons offer a chance for one-on-one coaching with one of our Sail Canada certified instructors. Lesson times can be worked around your schedule and lesson topics can be catered to your skill level and experience. In this course, you will have more freedom in working with your coach to develop a program specialized for you and that will specify your learning to what you hope to accomplish over the course of your sessions. You do not need to be a member to enroll in our sailing school.

Our private lessons are scheduled for three hours at a time on Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays and on Canada Day Holiday Monday and August Long Weekend. 

Boat setup and takedown are part of the lesson time. 


  • Private Lesson (Primary Participant) – 3 hours
    • BYC Members – $150
    • Non-BYC Members – $180
  • Semi-Private Lesson (Additional Participant) – 3 hours
    • BYC Members – $100
    • Non-BYC Members – $120
  • Private Group Lesson (Each Participant) – 3 hours
    • BYC Members – $100
    • Non-BYC Members – $120

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