Learn to Sail 2021 has been cancelled

CANSail Dinghy is Sail Canada’s dinghy program. CANSail Level 1&2 provides the fundamental skill acquisition for any type of boat (single or double handed). Courses will take place at the Yacht Club with emphasis on hands-on, on-the-water training. Instruction is by a certified Sail Canada instructor. Upon successful completion of the course graduates receive complimentary Club membership for the rest of the season. The membership includes the usage of the Club dinghies at no extra cost once the required CANSail standard has been achieved (determined by the instructor).


  • CANSail Level 1 and 2


  • Course runs Monday-Thursday 1700-2100 hrs and Saturday 0900-1700 hrs

  • Fridays are make-up days in case of inclement weather

  • CFB Kingston CAF members/dependants and retirees have priority until 15 May


  • Regular $300

  • Ordinary $350

  • Others $450

  • All fees plus HST. (Click here for membership definition)

  • Instruction for payment will be provided once the course has been confirmed. Eight students are required to make the course viable.


  • Space is limited to 16 students.

  • No sailing or boating experience is necessary to join the program.

  • Must be comfortable swimming while wearing a personal flotation device (PFD).

  • Weigh over 45 Kg, and be at least 13 years of age.

  • For some, missing a class is unavoidable. However, it may affect your certification if unable to catch up. The instructor has the final say.

Our Learn to Sail courses are designed to get you on the water as quickly and as often as possible. You will begin by learning the basic skills needed to safely handle a sail boat. Through brief, but informative, on-land lessons and fun and challenging on water drills you will work on the knowledge and skills required to attain your nationally recognized CANSail certification. We provide the equipment (Topaz Vibe) and the qualified coaches (that are certified by Sail Canada) to make your learn to sail experience an unforgettable one.

CANSail 1

CANSail 1 is a program aimed at introducing basic sailing concepts to participants with some or no sailing experience lessons and activities both on and off the water. The curriculum includes water safety, knots, rigging, terminology, points of sail, sail trim, tacking & gybing and capsizing. Participants will be able to comfortably sail around a course with a partner.

CANSail 2

This course is aimed at building on the basic sailing concepts introduced in CANSail 1. The curriculum includes mark rounding, advanced sail trim, boat balance and body positioning, stopping and accelerating, and righting a turtle boat. By the end of the program participants will be able to sail independently in double sailed boats (aka double handed) under instructor supervision. Each individual’s progress towards the CANSail-1 and 2 level will be tracked through their personalized check-list.

CFB Kingston Yacht Club is an Ontario Sailing recognized school (Dinghy). Visit Sail Canada for more info on the CANSail Dinghy program