Summer Sports Day Camp - Learn to Sail

COVID 19 Updated October 25, 2021

In accordance with the emergency order issued by the Province of Ontario, the following QCYC protocols are now in place. 

IMPORTANT: All posted COVID-19 protocols are subject to change, so please check the website before you head down to the club and observe all posted procedures while on the property.

COVID-19 Screening 

New COVID-19 Screening is now the responsibility of individuals, so we ask that before you come down to the club, please assess yourself. The following screening questions will be posted upon entrance and everyone (staff, members and guests) should read the posted signage and only enter if they have none of the listed symptoms.


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Summer Sports Sailing Camp on the Toronto Islands

Give your children a summer day camp that is active and fun. Our learn to sail programs have a great reputation and provide the perfect mix of learning and action. Many students return year after year for multiple sessions. Our summer day camp is open to children and teenagers aged 8 - 17 year. Learn to Sail camp is an affordable way for your child to experience the sport of sailing. Sailboats are supplied. There are programs for the beginner and the expert.

QCYC's Learn to Sail summer camp takes place on the Toronto Islands, across from Toronto's harbourfront and conveniently accessible by the TTC. Our private ferry leaves from the foot of York Street and will bring your child directly to the camp. Each session is 2 weeks long.

All of the Learn to Sail instructors are experienced and certified by Sail Canada, as well as, in boat rescue and first aid.

Our summer camp is sailing and more

At QCYC's sailing camp, students develop sailing skills plus sportsmanship, teamwork and social skills. They get great exercise, learn new skills and build friendships.

Close to Downtown Toronto on the islands

The Toronto Islands are filled with beautiful areas for kids to sail, swim, and play! Students spend their day outdoors surrounded by one of the world's most beautiful urban parks. Our sailors will get a chance to explore the island on our cruises to locations on the island such as Wards Beach. They gain an understanding and appreciation for nature, wind, and water. Kids get "out" of the city without actually ever leaving!

Traditions & Events

Once a session, parents are invited to QCYC after camp hours to go sailing with their kids and see the club facilities!
An optional banquet is held close to the end of the summer where parents and students come to the island to enjoy the clubs facilities, eat a banquet-style dinner, and see the summer's awards handed out!

For more pictures, visit the Learn to Sail Facebook Page!

2022 Sessions

Spring Training (CANSail 3 and up)

3 Sessions (Choose any 3 Saturdays from the posted dates)

5 Sessions (Attend all 5 Saturdays listed)

This is a great way to get all the winter rust out before starting your summer session! A variety of skills will be covered, including any student-specific interests or needs. Sessions will be 5 hours long and most of that time will be spent on water. These workshop-style training sessions are a perfect tune-up for summer. You can work on CANSail checklist requirements, or just get out and enjoy an afternoon on the water! These will be run on May 30, June 6, June 13, June 20, and June 27.

Spring Training - 3 Sessions

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Spring Training - 5 Sessions

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Beginner (iCANSail/CANSail 1 & 2)

iCANSail/CANSail 1 - Learn to sail part one! Fundamental sailing skills and knowledge are taught in this level. No experience needed! Taught in small, doubled-handed boats. This is a very fun and safe introduction to basic sailing. Adventures to the Toronto Island beaches, fun team-building games, and tons of on-water excitement during these two week sessions! Minimum age to start is 8 years old. First time sailors should sign up for this level. Based on a number of factors (age, athleticism, experience) they will either begin working on their iCANSail checklist or their CANSail 1 checklist. Typically, young athletes start their sailing career by completing their iCANSail checklist, which introduces them to the fundamental movements and theories of sailing. They will become comfortable with being on and in the water, using the basic sail controls, and working in a team. In some cases, they will begin working on their CANSail 1 checklist from the start.

CANSail 2 - Learn to sail part two! This level introduces more complex versions of introductory skills learned in CANSail 1. Sailors are expected to take the helm more often (steer the boat), and begin to fine tune their boat handling skills in order to ready themselves for intermediate sailing. Still at the fundamental stage of athlete development - this is still a very fun-centred level, involving plenty of on-water adventures and games.

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Intermediate (CANSail 3)

4-week option:

2-week option:

CANSail 3 - Learn to sail fast! Applied skill acquisition in larger double handed boats (420s). Sailors enjoy more time training on-water and are given the opportunity to try racing in local or competitions if they wish. Great adventures on the harbour and out on the lake continue! There will be some flexibility in the scheduling of 2 week sessions. Please contact us to make arrangements.

Intermediate (CANSail 3) - 4-week option

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Intermediate (CANSail 3) - 2-week option

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Advanced/Race Team (CANSail 4, 5 & 6)

CANSail 4 - Learn to always sail fast! Sailors are training to tune and handle their boat with ease. They will begin to fully understand what does and doesn't make the boat move faster. They gain a fundamental understanding of basic tactics and physics. Sailors are encouraged to participate in some local regattas!

CANSail 5 or 6 - Learn to train. Applied skill consolidation in order to fine-tune and solidify all previously learned sailing skills. Regular competition is encouraged, including attending regattas across Southern Ontario. The goal of this level is to prepare for and participate in a full season of training and competition with rewarding results.

Our Race program includes attendance at regional regattas. Please inquire for details. The regatta schedule is tentative. Regatta registration, accommodation and related travel costs are not included in course fees and an additional regatta fee is required for all sessions. Parents should be prepared to help carpool, tow boats and chaperone participants at regattas.

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Please note that although our coaches are 100% dedicated to helping sailors develop, there is no guarantee that a sailor will complete a checklist in the allotted time for any given course.

Also please note: in 2022, Sail Canada is charging an annual fee per youth sailor of $    18.00. You'll notice this added onto your course registration once per year. Thank you for your understanding.

Our CANSail program fees are reduced by $60.00 for sessions which are a day shorter due to statutory holidays.




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