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FAQs

General:
How do I register for Learn to Sail?

Youth:
What time does the Camp operate?
What is a day at QCYC Youth Summer Sailing Camp like?
What do students need to bring?
What if the weather is too bad to sail?
My child can’t swim – is that a problem?
What safety measures do you have?

Adults:
How and when do we get to and from the island?
What do I need to bring with me?
 

Have a question not answered here?

Please contact our Learn to Sail Director, Robert Eckersley, at learntosail@qcyc.ca

 

How do I register for Learn to Sail?

  • Visit the youth and adult pages, and browse our course options.
  • Select a course using the shopping cart icon.
  • Once you select the course(s) you want, click "checkout".
  • You will be prompted to create a new account, which will consist of entering information for yourself and the participant (this is your registration form).
  • You can then proceed to checkout, and pay securely online with Mastercard or VISA. You will be directed to Global Payments' secure payment site to do this.

If you have any questions, please contact the LTS Director, Robert Eckersley, learntosail@qcyc.ca

Important notes for youth registration: 

Please accurately indicate on the registration form the last certification level that your child has achieved in formal sail training. If you are unsure, please contact Robert Eckersley, learntosail@qcyc, who may be able to help supply this information. Remember, this is key for the correct registration of your child:

  • If you are registering a student in our CANSail 1 or CANSail 2 program, "beginner" fees apply.
  • If registering for CANSail 3 or CANSail 4, "intermediate" fees apply.
  • For CANSail 5 or CANSail 6, "advanced" fees apply.

 

Youth Sailing Camp:

What time does the Camp operate?

  • Students meet instructors at the foot of York Street for a boat at either 8:15 or 8:45. Please note: these are the times that the QCYC boat leaves the city. It is advisable to arrive 5-10 minutes early. 
  • After camp, they arrive back in the city to the same location at 4:15.
  • The trip across Toronto Harbour is on the club’s tender, Algonquin Queen II. It's a fun way to start and end the day!

What is a day at QCYC Youth Summer Sailing Camp like?

  • 8:15 or 8:45 students take a supervised tender ride to QCYC on the club’s Algonquin Queen II.
  • Every morning the boats are rigged (set-up) by the kids with adequate instruction as part of the CANSail curriculum.
  • Boats are launched and students spend the morning sailing (weather permitting) – sailors are arranged into crews of 2. Generally, sailors sail with other sailors of the same level, but instructors make sure there is adequate comfort/skill levels in each boat.
  • There is a break mid-day for lunch and land games are organized. Sometimes lunch is at QCYC, sometimes at the beach, sometimes even on-water!
  • In the afternoon there is usually more lessons and sailing. Students are always working towards their CANSail skill checklists.
  • At about 3:30 boats are de-rigged and put away. Land games are organized if time permits.
  • At 4:15 students arrive to the city on the Algonquin Queen II again supervised by sailing school staff.
  • Note: Certain days have different activities and follow a different schedule (e.g. cruising to Ward's Beach for the day).

What do students need to bring?

  • Students must bring a coast guard approved Lifejacket or PFD that fits properly and is correct for their weight. They can be purchased at any Marine Supply store, Canadian Tire, Walmart and other shops. We recommend purchasing a yellow or orange colour (easy to see on the water).
  • Students must bring a packed lunch, snacks and a water bottle. Extra snacks that can be taken on the water are important. Students can give food (e.g. granola bars) to instructors to bring out, and then have them when needed while sailing.
  • Waterproof sunscreen & hat 
  • At least one change of clothes (they will get wet!)
  • Swimming attire & towel
  • A wind jacket/warmer sweater
  • Shoes should be non-slip and not damaged by water, running shoes or Teva type sandals are often worn.
  • Again, extra shoes if you don't want your sailor coming home with wet shoes on their feet!

What if the weather is too bad to sail?

  • Part of the program includes on-shore training activities such as learning knots and other classroom instruction.
  • As this is a fun summer camp in a great park, instructors may organize games and other fun activities.
  • Sailors will not be sent out on the water in unsafe weather.

My child can’t swim – is that a problem?

  • While it is not essential that your child be a good swimmer, we find that children who are scared of the water do not enjoy sailing. Your child should feel comfortable around the water.  Regardless of swimming ability, they will be wearing a lifejacket or PFD when in the boats or on the docks.

What safety measures do you have?

  • Our instructors are all qualified Sailing Instructors by Sail Canada. In addition to their coaching certifications, they all have additional qualifications in swimming, first aid, and boat rescue.
  • A life jacket or PFD will be worn by all sailors at all times when sailing on the water and on the club docks.
  • We ensure that there are always an adequate number of instructors per group of students. Whenever students are on the water, there are instructors in support boats to provide any necessary assistance.

 

 

Adult Learn to Sail (dinghies):

How and when do we get to and from the island?

  • On the first day, QCYC instructors will meet you at our city dock (near the Second Cup at the foot of York St.) at 6:15. All subsequent days they will meet the boat island-side and begin instruction at that time. Class will end in time to take the 9:00 boat back to the city (arriving in the city at 9:15).
  • The clubs private tender, Algonguin Queen II will take you to and from the island.
  • It is important that you are there at least 5 minutes early because if you miss the 6:15 boat, the next boat is not until 7:15 and the class will likely already be on the water by this time. 

What do I need to bring with me?

  • A coast guard approved life jacket that is suitable for your weight (you can buy one at any Marine store or at Canadian Tire, Walmart, etc...). 
  • Clothing and shoes that are comfortable to move around in and appropriate for getting wet.
  • A water bottle or other beverages.
  • Any snacks you think you might want during the course times.