Safety Policies

The safety of all students and instructors is the highest priority for the school.  In the event of on-water instruction being canceled, land activities are planned for the students. Land activities will include sail theory that must be learnt to achieve levels.  

Covid-19 Precautions

These exceptional times of COVID-19 require that the Club implement exceptional measures, and its members show exceptional discipline to ensure that we all stay healthy and still enjoy sailing. We want to ensure that all who come to the club maintain appropriate physical distancing. Instructors will be sanitizing vessels and common touch surfaces between sessions. If you or someone that you are living with are displaying any signs of covid-19, do not attend your scheduled session.


All students and instructors are required to wear a PFD at all times while on/near the water. Students must provide their own certified PFD.


Each coach/rescue boat is equipped with a portable VHF radio. This enables instructors on the water to be in constant communication with the School and local rescue units (TOWARF and the Police).The School and all coach boats are equipped with first aid kits to treat minor medical needs.


The instructors obtain daily weather reports from Environment Canada using the VHF radio. After receiving the report and reviewing local conditions, the Head Instructor decides if it is appropriate for the students to be sailing.

concussion protocol

OYS values the health of all of our sailors and follow the concussion protocol issued by Ontario Sailing following Rowan's Law. For more information on concussions, treatment, prevention and, please click here.


What to Expect

what to bring

a personal flotation device (PFD)

soft-soled, non-marking shoes

extra set of clothes jacket on cool days

hat & sunglasses

sunscreen bag lunch

refillable water bottle


Lunch is not provided by the club, however a water jug will be available for students to fill up their water bottles. Once per week, students are allowed to go out for lunch; at instructors discretion. Students, escorted by instructors, may walk to local fast food outlets, so some pocket change will be needed.

personal belongings

All personal belongings are stored in the student shed in open cubicles. The Sailing School cannot ensure the safety of any valuables, we recommend that valuables remain at home.