Adult CANSail Learn To Sail

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.

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.

Social Circle Sailing

Are you and your friends or family looking for a way to get outside and active this summer? Come have fun with us out on Kempenfelt Bay in a safe environment! New to BYC this summer, we will be offering Social Circle Sailing to provide an exciting family and friend bonding experience. Sailors will be put in boats with others in their social circle and taught lessons such as parts of the boat, basic boat manoeuvres, capsizing, and much more! Both new and experienced sailors are welcome. All BYC programs are taught by Sail Canada certified instructors.

Date Night Dinghy

Another new BYC program for those couples who are looking for a new adventure to experience together or for sailors who are eager to introduce their significant other to the wonderful sport of sailing! Come spend evenings cruising down beautiful Kempenfelt Bay while learning and practicing skills such as parts of the boat, basic boat manoeuvres, capsizing, and much more! Emphasis will be placed on spending as much time on the water as possible. Both new and experienced sailors are welcome. All BYC programs are taught by Sail Canada certified instructors.

Private 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.

Minimum two hours. Boat setup and takedown are part of the lesson time. 

Learn to Race
  • Every Monday June 13 – August 29, 2022
  • $1,000 + HST for new students
  • $900,00 + HST for returning students
  • Sailing in our Vibe dinghies
  • Hours: 6pm – 9pm
Learn to Sail Dates / Cost


  • Tuesday Evenings – $1000
    June 28 – August 30, 2022 (6 pm – 9 pm)
  • Thursday Evenings – $1000
    June 30 – September 1st, 2022 (6 pm – 9 pm)
  • July 2/3 and 16/17, 2022 – $800
    (10 am – 4 pm)
  • August 20/21 and 27/28, 2022 – $800
    (10 am – 4 pm)
Private Dinghy Lessons

 Our private courses are scheduled for three hours at a time on Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturday and Sunday and Canada Day Holiday Monday and August Long Weekend.  Click below to check availability. 

  • Private Lesson (Primary Participant) – Three hours
    • BYC Members – $150
    • Non-BYC Members – $180
  • Semi-Private Lesson (Additional Participant) – Three hours
    • BYC Members – $100
    • Non-BYC Members – $120
Date Night Dinghy


  • Friday evenings 6-9pm.
  • June 24
  • July 15 
  • July 29
  • August 19th
  • August 26th
  • Sailing in our Vibe dinghies.
  • Levels taught: CanSail1-2.
  • 2 participants per boat – minimum 16 years of age.
  • $150 per boat.