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

All courses run from 9 am to 4 pm, Monday to Friday; drop off available from 8:45 am and pick up until 4 pm. Summer programs fees may qualify as a child care expense on your income tax return.

As British Columbia public health authorities develop guidelines to lift some restrictions on gathering in a responsible way, RPSA has been attending to rules and recommendations provided by viaSport, the Province of British Columbia, BC Sailing, Sail Canada, Transport Canada, Canadian Coast Guard, WorkSafeBC, the City of Port Moody, the Old Mill Boathouse and Reed Point Marina to understand the recommendations of our Chief Provincial Health Officer and how they best apply to RPSA.  

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

Summer Program Schedule

Program Details


Sailors will learn to sail the Optimist which is raced internationally.

We designed this program for sailors that have finished Junior Sailing or Girl Power Sailing, but would like to further develop basic sailing skills and confidence in preparation for a CANSail program.

Prerequisite: Junior Sailing

Ages 8-12

Introduction to Laser Racing

The program is designed for sailors that excel in Opti-Bronze or CANSail 2 and have a competitive edge. This program is ideal for those interested in trying out racing before joining the RPSA Race Team.

Introduction to Laser Racing is a one week program that teaches sailors the basics of competitive sailboat racing.

Prerequisite: CANSail 2 or Opti-Bronze

Ages 12+

CANSail 1/2 Optimist

This two-week program, designed for youth ages 10 and up, will allow sailors the opportunity to work towards Sail Canada’s CANSail 1 or 2 certification. It is designed for individuals with little to no sailing experience.

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.

Prerequisite: None

Ages 10+

CANSail 3/4 Laser

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.

Prerequisite: CANSail 2

Ages 12+

CANSail 4/5 Laser

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.

Prerequisite: CANSail 3

Ages 12+

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.

Prerequisite: CANSail 3

Ages 14+