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Learn to Sail - 2024

Our Learn to Sail Mission: Promote the sport of sailing and sailing skill development in youth and adults through qualified instruction of Sail Canada curriculum in a safe, positive and inclusive environment.

June Weekends - Introductory Youth Sailing

On 4 weekends throughout June, DYC is offering introductory sailing programs for youth focusing on CANSail I & II instruction.  Saturdays will be for sailors ages 8-11 and Sundays will be for sailors ages 12-17. All weekend courses will start at 10 am and run until 2:30 pm.  Sailors will meet the instructors at Lakeside Beach in an area near the water behind the park washrooms.

Summer Weekdays -  Youth Sailing Programs 

Throughout July and August DYC will be offering weekday sailing programs in one and two-week durations.  Each day is from 9am until 4pm. Sailors will meet the instructors at the Learn to Sail building by the DYC clubhouse.  See our course selection page for more  details.

Sail Canada Start Keelboat Sailing

DYC’s adult keelboat program follows entry-level Standards of Sail Canada Standards.  This entry-level builds basic sailing skills with a focus on the operation of the vessel as crew. Candidates completing this Standard will be able to competently contribute as crew to the operation of a keelboat in moderate daytime conditions. This Standard is recommended for those with little sailing experience who want to build basic sailing skills in a relaxed environment and at a comfortable pace. It is envisioned that the course objectives can be met within the 3-week framework offered. Courses will be run Monday and Thursday evenings in May, June, and July from 6 - 9, August from 5:30 - 8:30  

For the required forms to accompany registration click here.

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Sign Up

Our sailing school fills up quickly, so best to sign up soon. The complete list of courses and course availability is online.

Get the Handbook

The DYC Learn to Sail handbook includes the rules and regulations of the junior program.  Once you have decided to register please read the handbook.


Required waivers and forms should then be printed , signed and returned to the DYC office or electronically signed and sent to  No sailor will be allowed on the water until the forms have been submitted.

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