About our School


Collins Bay Yacht Club (CBYC) has a long history of sail training, and the CBYC Sailing School is known for offering a welcoming learning environment and a solid program of instruction for both youth and adult students who want to learn how to sail.

The CBYC Sailing School is an intrinsic part of CBYC, which together form a single legal entity, established as a not-for-profit-organization dedicated to the promotion of seamanship, goodwill and sportsmanship.

The CBYC Sailing School is overseen by the Sailing School Director, who is a voting member of the CBYC Executive. The School Director is assisted by a Sailing School Committee,  which consists of volunteer CBYC members, and includes – but is not limited to – an Operations Manager, School Administrator, and Keelboat Program Coordinator. The School Director and committee members are unpaid volunteers.


CBYC Sailing School is a Sail Canada member school and we hire only the very best instructors who have been trained and certified by Sail Canada. Our instructors take each student through the basics of sailing including rigging a boat, points of sail, rules of the water and general sailing safety. We are committed to providing the highest standard of sail training.  Many of our instructors started as students with our school, and other instructors with experience at other schools are hired to bring fresh ideas for our programs; all have had years of training and achieved national certification through Sail Canada. We encourage and support our instructors to upgrade qualifications as they gain more experience. To ensure students get the very best coaching, we ensure the ratio of instructors to students exceeds national and provincial guidelines.

Youth Volunteers

We have a great set of volunteers each year for our youth program that consist of our current and past students. Youth Volunteers are required to be at or above the CANSail 4 Level. The youth volunteers receive volunteer hours for high school with this position. At least two volunteers are needed for each session.

If you are interested in volunteering please contact the Sailing School Administrator.


Our policy as a not-for-profit organization is to invest revenues into new equipment. We pride ourselves on the quality of our sailing fleet:fleet Topaz Toppers for our CANSail 1 and 2 program, Club 420’s (the preferred training boat for CANSail 3 and 4  level), and our Tanzer 22 for Adult Keelboat courses.

Topper Topaz Uno

Topper Topaz Uno

CANSail 5 and six students will use either Club 420’s (for double-handed sailing) or bring their own Laser Radial (for single-handed sailing).

Club 420

Tanzer 22

Where are we?

Collins Bay Yacht Club Sailing School is located in a park-like setting on the grounds of Collins Bay Marina in the west-end of Kingston, Ontario. The Marina is at 1270 Coverdale Drive, south of Bath Road off Bayridge Drive. It is adjacent to Rotary Park and Lemoine Point Conservation Area.

Terms of Service

Acceptance of the CBYC Sailing School Terms of Service, is mandatory to participate in any CBYC learn-to-sail program.