Adult Learn to Sail

The focus of the CBYC Adult Learn to Sail (LTS) program is to teach the fundamentals of sailing in dinghies or small keel-boats, with the aim of instilling a life-long love of sailing. Our courses  are designed for adults (18+) with no prior sailing experience, and offer an opportunity to learn basic skills, and experience the pleasure of sailing.

We offer two separate adult courses:

Both courses are designed  to provide basic skills and knowledge to novice sailors, and will enable them to safely handle a similar boat under moderate, daytime conditions. Both include lots of time on the water in a safe, fun and active learning environment. Both courses also include complimentary associate membership in the CBYC for the 2018 season.  Details on both programs are below. If you are unsure which is the right program for you, don’t hesitate to contact us for more information.


Adult Program Details

Adult LTS Dinghy:

The course will focus on CANSail 1 & 2.  CANSail 1 is beginner level – no experience required.  Using our Topper Topaz 14′ Dinghies, 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. CANSail 2 completes basic double-handed skills and knowledge, with more emphasis on skippering the boat and trimming the sails to maximize speed and control. Note that while it is mandatory for all students to wear life jackets while on the water, good swimming ability is required, as part of the program is dumping the boat and learning how to right it again.

A session consists of Six 3-hour evening classes. Classes will run tentatively 6-9pm on Monday and Wednesday evenings for three weeks, with option to participate in dinghy racing on Tuesday evenings. 

Two sessions are currently Planned:

Session 1 – July 2nd to 18th
Session 2 – July 23rd to August 8th

*Please note: It usually takes at least one session of instruction to complete each level. Students must successfully demonstrate all of the required skills prior to completing the level. Weather and wind conditions may limit the amount of on water time available to demonstrate the prescribed skills and is beyond the control of the sailing school. 

Adults interested in CANSail 3&4 should contact us to inquire about private or semi-private lessons.

Adult LTS Keelboat:

This course follows the Sail Canada Start Keelboat Sailing curriculum, which is the recommended starting point for those with little or no boating or sailing experience who want to experience sailing on a keelboat and begin to build basic sailing skills in a relaxed environment and at a comfortable pace.  No Experience Required. This entry level course builds basic sailing skills with a focus on operation of the vessel as crew. Candidates completing this course will be able to competently contribute to the operation of a keelboat in moderate daytime conditions.

Courses will be taught using the club’s Tanzer 22 sailboat, over one weekend (Friday evening, and all day Saturday and Sunday), or six evenings (Monday and Wednesday, over three weeks).

Four sessions are currently planned in June and July:

Session 1: 11 – 27 June (evenings)
Session 2: 15 – 17 June (weekend)
Session 3: 6 – 8 July (weekend)
Session 4: 9 – 25 July (evenings)


Adult LTS Dinghy (CANSail 1&2) – $300 (no HST) per session.

Adult LTS Keelboat (Start Keelboat Sailing) – $375 (no HST) per session.



CBYC Full Members: CBYC Full Members  receive a $25 discount (per adult course).

Multiple Registration: Students who register for more than one session, and spouses who enroll together, receive a $50 discount off of each registration.

Other Benefits:

Collins Bay Yacht Club (CBYC) is offering all sailing school students complimentary associate membership in the club for 2018. This will allow students and their families to take part in our club dinghy races* on Tuesday evenings, try crewing in keel-boat races, and participate in club social activities.  We hope you will take advantage of this to discover the great boating community we have at CBYC and Collins Bay Marina. Membership forms can be downloaded from here.

*for insurance purposes, all participants in our club dinghy races must be club members.

How to Register:

Online:     Proceed to Checklick

  • Click on the box. The Checklick website should open in a new tab. If you are unfamiliar with Checklick, or unsure how to complete the online registration, we recommend you review our online registration help page. 
  • Please note that if you choose online registration, you also need to download the Adult Medical Information Formand complete and submit it to the Sailing School Administrator before the start of classes.

By Mail:

  • To register by mail, download the Adult Registration Form, and mail it in with a cheque for fees made payable to CBYC Sailing School (mailing address on the registration form).

In Person: 

Note: space is limited – registration is only confirmed when fees paid in full. Conversely, courses will only run if there is sufficient enrollment.


What to Bring on Day 1:

  • A Department of Transportation, Canada, approved personal flotation device – properly fitted (PFD/life jacket) – mandatory and must be worn for all classes
  • Completed Medical Information and Waiver form (if not already submitted)
  • At least 1 full litre of water
  • T-shirt & shorts
  •  Quick dry shoes (non-marking water shoes or canvas runners are good choices)
  • A full change of clothing & footwear

Being exposed to wind, water and strong sun, we also recommed:

  • Full cover hat with brim
  • UV sunglasses with safety lanyard
  • Appropriate sunscreen
  • Long sleeved shirt & pants
  • Rain gear if inclement weather predicted

Want to Learn More:

About our School

About the CANSail Dinghy Program

About the Start-Keelboat-Sailing Program


Still Have Questions?

If you need any further information, or have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.