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Sidney North Saanich Yacht Club's Summer Sailing School offers Sail Canada courses for all levels of sailors, age 7 to 18 years inclusive. Sail Canada trained instructors teach both theory and on-the-water skills in a fun, positive atmosphere. Courses available include:

Opti Basic (Level 1)

In this camp children 7 and older are taught the basics of sailing, with a focus on fun and boating safety. Participants learn some terminology, knots, and how to sail by means of games and activities both on and off the water. The Optimist dinghy is a 7-foot sail boat that is excellent for learning basic sailing skills. It's stable and can accomodate a wide range of child sizes and sailing abilities. This fun introductory course follows the CANSail curriculum, but is modified to be developmentally appropriate for younger and smaller sailors.

Opti Advanced (Level 2)

In this camp young sailors become more independent and continue to develop Opti Basic skills while more advanced skills are gradually introduced, further building on the fundamentals of sailing. Students learn to sail by themselves! Fun activities and games help to solidify new skills. Opti Basic is a pre-requisite for this course.

CANSail Basic (Levels 1 and 2)

This camp is intended for children aged 11 and older with some or no sailing experience. The goal is fundamental skill acquisition in Optimist or Flying Junior Dinghies.

Instructional Highlights:

  • Directions
  • Proper sail trim
  • Tacking and Gybing
  • Right a capsized boat
  • Secure tow lines
  • Launch and dock safely

CANSail Basic (Levels 3 and 4)

This camp is intended for students who have completed CANSail 1&2. The goal of this level involves applied skill acquisition in any type of boat (single / double handed) that allows them to sail more competently and safely with limited supervision.

Instructional Highlights:

  • Sail by the lee
  • Trim for max speed
  • Adjust sail controls
  • Tune boat
  • Tack onto laylines
  • Stop and sail backwards 

CANSail 5

This camp is intended for sailors who have completed CANSail 3&4. The goal of this level involves applied skill consolidation in any type of boat (single / double handed).

Instructional Highlights:

  • Tactical mark rounding
  • Steer to promote maximum downwind speed
  • Accelerate off start line
  • Defend a position
  • Tack or duck boats while racing
  • Describe wind flow on sail
  • Boat maintenance 

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