Due to Covid-19, OYS is offering modified programs in July & August. Programs are now full, but you can join the waitlist.

Adult Sailing Program

Due to Covid-19 our adult programming is suspended in the traditional structure. We look forward to offering these programs again in 2021.  You can register for private lessons in 2020!

The OYS Sailing School follows the CANSail Learn to Sail program. Whether you are looking to try something new, learn to sail or want to buy a boat in the future, this is the place to start.

The OYS Sailing School Adult program provides a safe and enjoyable introduction to sailing and boating.  The program is designed for all learning objectives and levels of experience.  Our adult program offers small classes sizes, with a 1:4 instructor to boat ratio.

CANSail certificates are awarded upon successful completion of a set of practical skills and demonstrated knowledge at each level.

Introduction to sailing

The purpose of the Adult Sailing program is to teach basic sailing skills and to provide an introduction to sailing that is both safe and enjoyable. Some of the skills include:

  • Basic boat handling and sail trim
  • Water safety
  • Knots
  • How to rig and de-rig a boat
  • Basic weather patterns
  • Fundamental sailing terminology and skills
  • Self rescue techniques

More advanced techniques will be taught depending on the attendees skill level.


Our sessions will be on Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 5:00pm to 8:30pm. Each session is 4 classes of 3.5 hour classes; 14 hours of on the water training. 


$450 plus HST


Adult programs are taught in our brand new dinghy class of RS Quests, accommodating 2 adults in each boat.  These spacious boats are very stable on the water while being great learning vessels