Adult Learn to Sail Dinghy 2024

CBYC is proud to have the return of Adult Learn to Sail (LTS) Dinghy program for 2024. The course follows the Sail Canada CANSail Dinghy program, focusing 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. 

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

Adult LTS Dinghy Program – Summer 2024


Weeknight adult dinghy courses are planned for July and August. The classes will be held on Monday and Thursday evenings from 5pm – 9pm for three consecutive weeks for a total of 6 evening classes. A minimum of 5 registrants per session are required in order to run the course.

The following sessions are currently open for registration:

Session 1:

  • Week 1: July 15 & 18
  • Week 2: July 22 & 25
  • Week 3: July 29 & Aug 1

Session 2:

  • Week 1: Aug 5 & 8
  • Week 2: Aug 12 & 15
  • Week 3 Aug 19 & 22

*Please note: While it is usually possible to complete both level 1 and 2 in one session, students must successfully demonstrate all of the required skills prior to completing a level. Weather and wind conditions may limit the amount of on water time available to demonstrate the prescribed skills and are beyond the control of the sailing school. 

Also note: Although all students will wear personal flotation devices (PFD) or life jackets whenever on the water, good swimming ability and upper body strength is required, as part of the program involves capsizing the boat and learning how to right it and reboard it.

COVID 19 Notice: All planned programming and dates for 2024 are subject to change without notice in accordance with public health requirements in effect.

COVID – 19 Safety

The health and safety of all our sailors, instructors, staff, volunteers and club members is the top priority of our organization. We ask that you not attend lessons if you are unwell or have tested positive for COVID-19.

We will continue to follow official guidelines and recommendations from the Public Health Agency of Canada, the Province of Ontario, KFL&A Public Health and Sail Canada, as well as any COVID safety protocols in effect for Collins Bay Marina.

Registration Details


Adult LTS dinghy courses – $510 per course (includes Sail Canada Student Participation Fee.)


CBYC full members: CBYC full members  receive a $25 discount (per course).

Other benefits

Collins Bay Yacht Club offers all sailing school students complimentary associate membership in the club for the current season. This allows students and their families to take part in regularly organized dinghy races, to try crewing in keel-boat races (on Thursday evenings and some weekends), and to participate in club social activities.  We hope you will take advantage of this opportunity to discover the great boating community we have at CBYC and Collins Bay Marina.

Registration and Payment

Registration and payment may be made online, or by mail. Please note that credit card payment is only available for online registration.

Also note that spaces are limited, and registration will only be confirmed when fees are paid in full. 

Online Registration

The preferred registration method is through our online storefront.  Payment for online registrations may be made:

  • by credit card at the time of registration,
  • by e-transfer to within 10 business days.
  • by cheque, mailed or hand delivered to the Sailing School Administrator within 10 business days, or
  • by cash, hand delivered to the Sailing School Administrator within 10 business days. Please do not mail cash.  
  • Although online registrations may be paid by credit card, we encourage you to consider paying by cash, cheque or e-transfer, to help us avoid the significant credit card service charges; we would rather spend the money on sailing school programs and equipment.

If you register online, please also complete and bring the medical information and waiver form to the first class.  

Click here to go to the Online Registration Storefront

Registration by Mail

To register by mail, download and complete the Adult Registration Form and mail it to the Sailing School Administrator (mailing address is in the form). 

Payment for mailed-in registration may be made:

  • by cheque payable to CBYC Sailing School (mailed with registration form),
  • by e-transfer to within 10 business days, or
  • by cash, paid in-person to the Sailing School Administrator within 10 business days. Please do not mail cash.

Spaces are limited: Registration will only be confirmed when fees are paid in full.

What to Bring

  • A Department of Transportation, Canada, approved personal flotation device – properly fitted (PFD/life jacket) – mandatory and must be worn for all classes
  • At least 1 full litre of water
  • T-shirt and shorts
  •  Quick dry shoes (non-marking water shoes or canvas runners are good choices)
  • A full change of warm clothing and footwear

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

  • A full cover hat with brim
  • UV sunglasses with safety lanyard
  • Appropriate sunscreen
  • Long-sleeved shirt and pants
  • Rain gear when inclement weather is predicted

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 questions, contact us.

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