Sidney North Saanich Yacht Club

"On or by the Sea, the Friendly Place to be"

Sailing School

Come Learn to Sail

The Clubs offers a number of opportunities for children and adults within the community to become involved in sailing. 

In the Fall there is an after school program that runs for 6 weeks, from the end of September to mid November. The program is structured for a combination of fun learning for those just starting out, and racing for those with some competitive juices. This program is for Middle and High School Kids and follows the Sail Canada Curriculum.

During the Spring there is a School League that offers kids from Middle and High School the ability to have fun sailing, as well as the chance to race in regattas for their school. This program runs for 8 weeks, from the middle of April until the middle of June and follows Sail Canada Curriculum.

During the Summer months of July and August, The Club offers sailing day camp programs for ages 7 and up. These programs are part of the Sail Canada Program. Children age 10 and under have a full day,  one week course;  while kids age 11 and up covering two week courses. There are levels of advancement for kids in each age category that challenges proficiency.

All the programs are taught or lead by fully qualified instructors all of whom have graduated through our own programs. The courses are designed to teach safety, have fun, and learn new skills that will last a lifetime. Everyone is welcome! You do not need to be a SNSYC Member. Courses are eligible for the Children's Fitness Tax Credit. All instructors are Sail Canada certified. SNSYC reserves the right to reassign sailors at the discretion of the instructor.

For adults wanting to learn the basics or advanced sailing in keelboats or dinghies we offer private lessons for 1 or 2 people  for $50 per hour. Contact the Club Manager if you would like to have private lessons.


CANSail Optimist Program (Ages 7 - 10)

Opti Basic - $290

Level 1: A CANSail accredited introduction to sailing an Optimist Dinghy. With two sailors per boat, children learn the FUNdamentals of sailing in a comfortable and fun environment. Work on balance, steering, and making the boat move using the sail! Lots of games and activities for new sailors and those with limited sailing experience!

Opti Advanced - $290

Level 2: (Pre-req: Opti Basic)

A CANSail accredited course for advanced Optimist sailing. Children learn to sail by themselves! Young sailors become more independent and they continue to develop Opti Basic sailing skills while more advanced skills are gradually introduced, further building on the FUNdamentals of sailing. Fun activities and games help to solidify new skills!


CANSail Program (Over 10 years)

CANSail Basic - $560

Levels 1 & 2: An introductory course for new sailors or those with limited sailing experience. The course focuses on safety, balance, steering, sail trim, and seamanship. Beginner sailors will learn the FUNdamentals of sailing and how to work as a team with two sailors per boat. Activities and games are a big part of learning physical literacy for sailors!

CANSail Advanced - $580

Levels 3 & 4: (Pre-req: CANSail Basic or Opti Fast)

Sailors build on existing FUNdamental skills, working towards skill proficiency in a variety of conditions and situations. Sailors are introduced to concepts such as reading the wind and waves, advanced boat handling, beginner racing skills and rules, and sportsmanship through on water games and activities.



Kids having fun

How to sign up

If you are interested in participating please check the schedule page to chose your session

Download the registration form by selecting the link. 

Complete the form and then bring it along with your deposit to the SNSYC Club House. 

Please note that a cancellation fee of $50 (plus applicable credit card transaction fees) will be charged on ALL cancelled registrations. No refunds for cancellations made less than 14 days prior to the start of a course. 

All courses are subject to a minimum enrollment. If placed on a wait list, interest in enrollment is assumed. Should a vacancy arise, automatic enrollment in the course will take place and the cancellation and enrollment policy takes into effect.


For more info contact Brian Taylor, office: 250-656-4600, manager@snsyc.ca


Sidney North Saanich Yacht Club is non-profit organization.
PO Box 2521, Sidney, BC V8L 4B9

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