Instruction and Courses at the Calgary Yacht Club

CYA accredited learn to sail camps run on weekdays throughout July and August with programs available for participants ages 5 to 17.  For adults, whether just learning the basics or honing more advanced sailing skills, the club offers evening programs that run from 6 pm to 9 pm from Monday to Friday.


2017 Course Descriptions


Wet Feet (ages 5 and 6)

This program is designed to introduce and familiarize young children with the water environment.  The course is taught using our sturdy and stable fleet of Optimist Prams.  In addition to time with these boats, onshore games and crafts will round out the day.  The program is a full day and is one week in duration.

 Opti Basic (ages 7  to 12)

This program is designed for those children with no previous sailing experience and is geared to the fundamentals of sailing in the International Optimist Dinghy.  Students will build confidence while learning to safely rig, launch and sail their boat under the close supervision and guidance of their instructors.  Elementary theory is introduced through both on water and on shore games and crafts.  This program is a full day and is one week in duration.

 Opti Advanced (ages 7 to 12)

This program is designed for those children with previous sailing experience and those who have completed the Opti Basic or Puddle Jumpers course.  CanSail 1 and/or CanSail 2 curriculum will be taught.  CanSail 1 is an introductory sailing program which focuses on the fundamentals of sailing including rigging, steering, manoeuvres and safety.  CanSail 2 is an intermediate course which expands on the skills gained in CanSail 1.  Syllabus includes: crewing, skipping skills, sailing terminology, sail theory, upwind sailing.  This program is a full day and is one week in duration.

 420 Basic (ages 13 to 17)

This program is designed for older children with no previous sailing experience.  Students will build confidence while learning to safely rig, launch and sail their boat under the close supervision and guidance of their instructors.  Participants will sail in the Club 420 Dinghies.  CanSail 1 curriculum will be taught.  This program is a full day and is one week in duration.

 420 Advanced (ages 13 to 17)

This program is designed for older children who have successfully completed and passed the CanSail 1 course.  This course covers CanSail 2 and 3 curriculums.  CanSail 3 progressively builds and develops the skills learned in CanSail 1 and 2 with the focus on keeping the young sailor engaged with stage appropriate challenges and learning.  Those children taking this course are encouraged to participate in our Thursday night race team practice.  This program is a full day and one week in duration.

Water Sports (ages 8 to 17)

This program is designed for children who want to try a variety of water sports. This camp will cover the basics of sailing, kayaking and paddle boarding in a fun, safe and controlled manner. This program is a full day and one week in duration.

Adult Sailing - Beginner

This program is designed for adults with little or no previous sailing experience.  The CanSail 1 and/or CanSail 2 curriculum will be taught aboard the Club 420 dinghies.  Course runs Monday to Friday from 6 pm to 9 pm for one week.

Adult Sailing - Intermediate

This program is designed for adults who have demonstrated the CanSail 1 skill set.  The CanSail 2 and/or CanSail 3 curriculum will be taught aboard the Club 420 dinghies.  Course runs Monday to Friday from 6 pm to 9 pm for one week.

Adult Sailing - Couples

Date Night - 5 nights a week!  This program is designed for all levels with a focus on fun and meeting new friends.  Learn the basics of sailing, capsizing, and the wind.  Course runs Monday to Friday from 6 pm to 9 pm for one week.

2017 Program Schedule is available here:  2017 Summer Sailing Courses.pdf


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