Our youth sailing classes are a great introduction to water safety and the world of sailing and water sport!

2020 Program Schedule


Youth Programs

All courses run from 9:00 to 4:00 (except half day Wet Feet programs), Monday to Friday; drop off available from 8:30 and pick up until 4:30. Summer programs fees may qualify as a child care expense on your income tax return.

If you have an active membership a 10% discount applies to all youth sailing programs. Membership is NOT required to take youth sailing courses.

Wet Feet

The Wet Feet program is for ages 4-7 and is conducted by a certified Sail Canada instructor.

This course is designed to introduce our youngest sailors to the ocean, boating safety, sailing with an instructor, and the Burrard inlet through a variety of games and activities.

Junior Sailing

The one-week program, designed for youth aged 7 to 9, introduces boating safety and basic sailing skills in a safe and fun environment.

Whether they are on a day trip, exploring the inlet, or on a treasure hunt for a pirate’s lost gold, these sailors learn that being safe on the water is fun.

Girl Power Sailing

The one-week program, designed for girls only aged 7 to 10, introduces boating safety and basic sailing skills in a safe and fun environment.

The program is similar to Junior Sailing, however it places an emphasis on encouraging the participation of younger girls in sailing and physical activity.


Opti-Bronze

We designed this program for all the sailors who have finished the Junior Sailing/Girl Power course, but are not old or sure enough for the Summer Fun course.

Sailors will be in an Optimist, which is raced internationally, and will prepare themselves for the summer fun course by working on their basic sailing skills.

One person per boat.

Summer Fun (CANSail 1/2)

This two-week program, tailored for youth aged 10 and up, will give sailors the chance to work towards Sail Canada’s CANSail 1 or 2 certification. It is designed for individuals with little to no sailing experience. There will be a day trip at the end of the first week and a FREE BBQ on the last day. This is our most popular program and is the perfect starting point for someone who wants to begin sailing.

CANSail 1 teaches sailors the fundamental sailing skills including basic sheeting, steering, and boat handling on all points of sail. Sailors can sail within defined boundaries set by an instructor.

CANSail 2 teaches sailors to adjust their bodies and boats for changes in direction and wind speed while sailing, and to perform boat-handling maneuvers in a controlled manner.


CANSail 3

Intermediate sailing program.

Sailors will learn advanced sailing skills including the sail theory that will make them go fast. In addition, we provide the chance to experiment sailing different types of boats.

CANSail 3 teaches sailors to integrate the fundamental boat handling maneuvers and balance with basic tactics and strategy as well as applied sail trim. Sailors are exposed to a greater variety of conditions and racing.

CANSail 3/4

Split intermediate and advanced sailing program.

​CANSail 3 teaches sailors to integrate the fundamental boat handling and balance with basic tactics and strategy as well as applied sail trim. Sailors are exposed to a greater variety of conditions and take part in a club race or club training camp.

CANSail 4 teaches sailors to perform advanced boat handling in a variety of conditions. Sailors can conduct maneuvers for tactical and strategic purposes in competitive environments.

CANSail 4/5

Advanced sailing program.

CANSail 4 teaches sailors to perform advanced boat handling manoeuvres in a variety of conditions. Sailors can successfully execute manoeuvres in competitive settings and for tactical and strategic purposes.

CANSail 5 fully integrates boat handling with tactics and strategy. Sailors are also introduced to the concept of rig tuning and its relation to boat trim and conditions.


Volunteer Training

This program is designed for those sailing students who have completed their CANSail 3 and are now ready to start learning to be a sailing instructor.

This course offers certificates for CPR-C, First-Aid, and the Pleasure Craft Operator Card. This course covers most of the prerequisites required to register for a Sail Canada instructor Clinic and is mandatory before becoming a volunteer at RPSA.