About our School


Collins Bay Yacht Club (CBYC) has a long history of sail training, and our 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 an Equipment Coordinator, School Administrator, and Keelboat Program Coordinator. The School Director and committee members are unpaid volunteers.


The Sailing School is a Sail Canada member school. We are committed to providing the highest standard of sail training and hire only the very best instructors. In fact, many of our instructors started as students with our school. Our instructors take each student through the basics of sailing including how to rig a boat, points of sail, rules of the water and general sailing safety. All our instructors have years of training and national certification through Sail Canada. We encourage and support our instructors to continually refresh and upgrade their qualifications. To ensure students get the very best coaching, the ratio of instructors to students at the Sailing School exceeds national and provincial guidelines.

Youth Volunteers

Every summer, the Sailing School can count on a great set of current and former student volunteers. Youth volunteers are required to be at or above the CANSail 4 Level and can count their participation as high school volunteer hours. At least two volunteers are needed for each session. If you are interested in volunteering, contact the Sailing School Director.


Our policy as a not-for-profit organization is to invest any profits into new equipment. We pride ourselves on the quality of our sailing fleet: Topaz Toppers for our CANSail 1+2 courses, C-420s (the preferred training boat for CANSail 3+4  levels), and a Tanzer 22 for our adult keelboat course.

Topper Topaz Uno

Topper Topaz Uno


Tanzer 22

Where to find us

CYBC and the Sailing School are 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 the 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.