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

RPSA abides by rules and recommendations provided by viaSport, the Province of British Columbia, BC Sailing, Sail Canada, Transport Canada, Canadian Coast Guard, WorkSafe BC, the City of Port Moody, and the Old Mill Boathouse.

All courses run from 9 am to 4 pm, Monday to Friday. Supervision is available from 8:45 am until 4:15 pm at the Old Mill Boathouse. Our staff can be identified by their red RPSA coach t-shirts.

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+

Program Registration

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