Youth Sailing Camp

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The Learn to Sail summer day camp at Queen City Yacht Club is a fantastic way for your children to spend a few weeks this summer! Our programs have gained an enviable reputation for having the perfect mix of learning and fun. Many students return year after year for multiple sessions at a time! Our summer day camp is competitively priced, and open to children as well as teenagers. Ages 8-17, there are programs for the beginner, and the expert!

Use of the club's private ferry provides transportation to and from the island (included in the day camp fee). During the camp, the children will learn to sail small sailboats provided by QCYC. All of our instructors are experienced and certified by Sail Canada, as well as in boat rescue and first aid.

It's not just sailing...

At QCYC's sailing camp, students develop more than sailing skills. They learn sportsmanship, teamwork, and social skills. All this while getting great exercise and building friendships that may last a lifetime!

QCYC and 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!

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2017 Sessions

Spring Training (CANSail 3 and Above)

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 27, June 3, June 10, June 17, and June 24.

Spring Training - 3 Sessions

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Spring Training - 5 Sessions

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Beginner (CANSail 1 or 2)

CANSail 1 - 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 various Toronto Island beaches, fun team-building games, and tons of on-water excitement during these two week sessions! Minimum age to start CANSail 1 is 8 years old.

CANSail 2 - Learn to sail! 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-central level, involving plenty of on-water adventures and games.

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Intermediate (CANSail 3)

4-week option:

2-week option:
Non-Members: $   600.00 (plus HST)
Members: $   550.00 (plus HST)

1-week option:
Non-Members: $   300.00 (plus HST)
Members: $   275.00 (plus HST)

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 low-key competitions if they wish. Great adventures on the harbour and out on the lake continue!

Intermediate (CANSail 3) - 4-week option

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Intermediate (CANSail 3) - 2-week option

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Intermediate (CANSail 3) - 1-week option

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Advanced (CANSail 4 or 5)

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/low-key regattas!

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

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Race Team (CANSail 5 and 6)

CANSail 5 and 6 - Participants will race excellently maintained 420s all around Ontario. The program is 8-weeks long, and will involve a trip to CORK in Kingston during the month of August. Sailors will train at QCYC 5 days a week, and will enjoy a rewarding summer of training and racing as a team! For more questions, email

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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 2017, Sail Canada is charging an annual fee per youth sailor of $    16.00. You'll notice this added onto your course registration once per year. Thank you for your understanding.

For the CANSail 1 or 2 program, fees are reduced by $40.00 for sessions 1 and 3 which are a day shorter due to statutory holidays.


Please note: Registration fees are tax deductible under the Children's Fitness Tax Credit program. See



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