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Adult Programs

The school provide boats, lifejackets, and all safety equipment. Students are required to bring:

  • closed-toe non-slip footwear
  • change of clothes, including underwear
  • rain gear such as a rain jacket or rain pants, according to weather

View our Adult CanSail Registration chart.

​​Register for sailing programs​​


Dinghy Classes

Adult evening classes run two nights a week for a month, from May to September. The weekend classes run either one day a week for a month, or two days a week for two weeks. The first level for adult classes is CANsail 1. This class is designed specifically for those with no previous sailing experience. The goal in CANsail 1 is to develop basic boat knowledge, skills, water safety, and to become comfortable in a sailing environment.

For our students with some previous sailing experience, we offer CANSail 2. This course covers all the basics of boat handling. Topics covered include:

  • Boat safety
  • Boat balance
  • Steering with a tiller
  • Sail trim
  • Heading up and bearing off
  • Tacking and gybing

For all adult dinghy classes, students will be sailing right away - the best way to learn is to get on the water as soon as possible. Instructors will brief you on how to stay safe, and students will discover a lot more by getting into a boat (and back out again), sailing on a course, and trying things out. Students will get to spend some time on the helm and some as crew. Students can expect teamwork, fun, and a safe learning experience.

Advanced Dinghy Programs

A number of programs are geared towards adult students who have completed their CANSail 2 checklist. First, they can choose to continue with adult evening classes by taking CANSail 3&4 class. This combined class is for students working on progressing their skills, and sailors of a variety of advanced skill levels are welcome.

Second, students can join the adult Rec Race program. This program is designed to be both an introduction to dinghy racing, and a way to continue developing racing skills. The adult Rec team trains twice a week, on Tuesdays and Thursdays, in Laser sailboats. For more information, please go to the racing page.

Keelboat Sailing Classes

Interested in learning to sail or race keelboats? The school offer two levels of keelboat training: Start Keelboat - Basics, and Start Keelboat - Racing. Students need to have some previous sailing experience, typically Intro to CANSail, in order to take a keelboat courses. The minimum age is 14 years old. Keelboat courses run on our 22-foot Catalina, the "Jane Mary.