Rocky Point Sailing Association

Youth Sailing Programs

Youth Sailing Programs

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

Sailors learn about water safety and sailing. 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

2019 Program Schedule

Ages 4-7Ages 7-9Ages 10+Ages 11+Ages 14+
July 01 - July 05Wet Feet AM
Wet Feet PM
Junior SailingSummer Fun
CANSail 3
July 08 - July 12Wet Feet AM
Wet Feet PM
Girl Power Sailing
July 15 - July 19Wet Feet AM
Wet Feet PM
Junior SailingSummer Fun
CANSail 3
Volunteer Training
July 22 - July 26Wet Feet AM
Wet Feet PM
Junior Sailing
Opti-Bronze
July 29 - Aug 02Wet Feet AM
Wet Feet PM
Girl Power SailingSummer Fun
CANSail 3/4
Aug 05 - Aug 09Wet Feet AM
Wet Feet PM
Junior Sailing
Opti-Bronze
Aug 12 - Aug 16Wet Feet AM
Wet Feet PM
Junior SailingSummer Fun
CANSail 4/5
Aug 19 - Aug 23Wet Feet AM
Wet Feet PM
Junior SailingLearn-to-Race
Aug 26 - Aug 30Wet Feet AM
Wet Feet PM
Junior Sailing

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.

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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.

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Girl Power Sailing

The one-week program, designed for girls only aged 7 to 10. The program is similar to Junior Sailing, however it places an emphasis on encouraging the participation of younger girls in sailing and physical activity.

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Opti-Bronze

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, we designed this program. 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.

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Summer Fun (CANSail 1/2)

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. 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-handing manoeuvres in a controller manner in a controller setting.

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CANSail 3

Intermediate sailing program.

Sailors will learn advanced sailing skills including the sail theory that will make them go fast, as well as getting to experiment with 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.

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CANSail 3/4

Split intermediate and advanced sailing program.

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

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.

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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.

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Learn to Race

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. Learn-to-Race is a two-week program that teaches sailors the basics of competitive sailboat racing, including an experience of competing in the Commodore's Cup at Royal Vancouver Yacht Club. Sailors in this program will refine technical skills, gain an understanding of racing theory, and enjoy a glimpse into the sport of competitive sailboat racing.

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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 will cover most of the prerequisites to registering for a Sail Canada instructor Clinic and is mandatory before volunteering at RPSA.

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