Sailing & Racing Classes

Joining one of our sailing classes you’ll be sure to have a great fun learning experience in a stunning environment. All of our CanSail and International Yacht Training courses are run by certified instructors with years of experience and more than the minimum Transport Canada required safety and first aid training; so you can be sure in the knowledge that safety is a key part of our programs.

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Summer Camp Participants - MUST READ the Online Registration Page and submit the two printable PDF pages referred to there (Participant Info and Waiver) on the first day of attendance. These two PDF pages are also located in the side menu under Sailing & Racing Documents.

Yacht and Adult Keelboat Courses – You will be required to complete a registration and waiver form before you will be able to commence your course. These forms will be emailed to you prior to the course start date along with joining instructions.

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Opti WetFeet

Age Prerequisite: Ages 5 - 7

Opti WetFeet is a half day program for new sailors and kids wanting to spend 3 hours getting used to being in boats and around the water.

** Please note: This class is not certified.

For a detailed description of these courses go to our brochure site - Click here

Morning Class

Price: 4 sessions: $125; 5 sessions: $150

Time: 9am - 12pm

Afternoon Class

Price: 4 sessions: $125; 5 sessions: $150

Time: 1pm - 4pm

Please choose your time of day


CANSail Opti.

Age Prerequisite: Ages 8 - 11 (+ 12 & under 100lbs)   Class Times: 9am to 4pm

For a detailed description of these courses go to our brochure site - Click here

Level 1 - 3

Prerequisiste: Level 1 - Beginner; Level 2 - Completed Level 1; Level 3 - Completed level 2

Price: JUNIOR Members Price $250; Regular price $280. Four day courses: $225

Please choose your level


CANSail 420

Age Prerequisite: Ages 12 - 18 (12 & over 100lbs or 13)    Class Times: 9am to 4pm

For a detailed description of these courses go to our brochure site - Click here

Level 1 - 4

Prerequisiste: Level 1 - Beginner; Level 2 - Completed Level 1; Level 3 - Completed level 2; Level 4 - Completed level 3

Price: JUNIOR Members Price $250; Regular price $280 Four day courses: $225

Please choose your level


CANSail 420 - Level 5+

Age Prerequisite: Ages 12 - 18 (12 & over 100lbs or 13)   Class Times: 9am to 4pm

All sailors booking places in this section should have achieved their level 4; if you have not qualified at level 4 but are a part of the NYC Junior race team please email Jon for a place. sailtrainin@nanaimoyc.ca.

Level 5 - 6

Prerequisiste: Level 5 - Completed Level 4; Level 5 - Completed Level 5

Price: JUNIOR Members Price $260; Regular price $290

Please choose your level


Watersport Weeks

Age Prerequisite: Ages 13 - 18   Class Times: 9am to 4pm

A chance to experience and learn four different ways to travel around on the water. All taught by qualified and experienced instructors - Kayaking, Paddleboarding, Dinghy sailing and Keelboating.

Our 4 day courses have 1 day kayaking & paddleboarding, one day keelboating and two days of dinghy sailing while our 5 day option has a second day on the keelboats.

Bookings close 7 days prior to the session for ALL sessions. Sessions will be pulled within 14 days of start date should we not reach minimum numbers of 4.

4 Day Course

Price: Junior Members Price: $215; Non Members Price: $245

5 Day Course

Price: Junior Members Price: $265; Non Members Price: $295

Please choose your number of days


Keelboat Courses

Age Prerequisite: Ages 19+

Couples Course: $750, by request

Sessions will be pulled within 14 days of start date should we not reach minimum numbers of 3.

For a detailed description of these courses go to our brochure site - Click here

Beginner/Crew Course

Prerequisiste: None

Price: $250

Time: 9am - 4pm

Intermediate Course

Prerequisiste: Crew Course

Price: $250

Time: 9am - 4pm

Advanced Course

Prerequisiste: Intermediate Course

Price: $300

Time: 9am - 4pm

Please choose your level


Drop-In Lessons

Age Prerequisite: Ages 15 through Adult   Class Times: 9:30am and 1pm

Available during the weeks of August 7 - 19 and on the individual weekend dates in June.

2.5 hour group lessons are available in our 420 dinghies and our keelboats.
$55 for a 2.5 hour lesson or book two lessons for the same day for $100.

Start time is 9.30am and 1pm.
​Booking recommended, places close 20 mins before start time. No Exceptions.

For advanced booking please call 250 618 1549 or 250 754 7011 between 9am & 4pm.
Outside of these times please email sailtrainin@nanaimoyc.ca

All dates shown are the 1st and last day of training.

1 - 2.5 hour lesson

Price: $55

2 - 2.5 hour lessons on the same day

Price: $100


International Yacht Training Courses

Age Prerequisite: Ages 18+   Class Times: 9am - 4pm

All of the courses advertised are grouped into sailing areas and not ability levels. All courses are suitable for beginner and intermediate sailors but for those looking to complete advanced training you should choose courses of 7 or more days duration.

Courses are inclusive of accommodation on yacht (in shared cabin), instructor, fuel, mooring fees and food.
Also includes school processing fees and certificates.
Does not include IYT student online registration which can be done at no charge on the IYT Website.

Prices are valid until 60 days prior to course start date.
All yacht courses require a $500 non refundable deposit upon booking.
(online payments can only be taken in full).
No spaces can be guaranteed without a deposit being paid.
All courses are subject to availability and minimum student numbers.

Final payment must be made 30 days prior to start date.
Courses booked within 30 days of start date are subject to a $100 late booking fee, require full payment at time of booking and are non refundable.
Sessions will be pulled 30 days before start date should we not reach minimum numbers of 3.

For a detailed description of these courses go to our brochure site - Click here

Gulf Islands course

Price: Between $1300 and $1600

Start and finish in Nanaimo

Sunshine Coast Course

Price: 5 or 6 days: $1300

Start in Nanaimo, choice of Vancouver or Nanaimo finish

Desolation Sound

Price: Between $1400 and $2700

Start and finish locations listed below with dates

Please choose your destination


Race Team & Race Development Team

Age Prerequisite: 12+ for spring training, 8+ for summer training   Class Times: Spring: 9:30am - 1:30pm, Summer: 4:30pm to 7:30pm

Spring Training

Prerequisiste: Minimum Cansail Level 2

Price: Junior Member: $300, Non-Member: $395

no session on May 5

Summer Training

Prerequisiste: Minimum Cansail Level 2

Price: Junior Member: $190, Non-Member: $290

no session on Aug 6

Please choose your season


Adult Basic Dinghy Course CANSail 1 & 2

Age Prerequisite: Ages 19+   Class Times: 9:30am to 3:30pm

An introductory course for new sailors or those with limited sailing experience. This is a highly popular course taught by certified Sail Canada Instructors and leads to a CANSail level 1 or 2 certification.

Level 1 - 2

Price: $245

Please choose your levels

 

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