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

Join The Oakville Yacht Squadron Sailing School Programs today

The Oakville Yacht Squadron Sailing School has been proudly serving the Oakville community since 1965, teaching many children and young adults to sail at our great waterfront setting.

OYS Sailing School continues to value the safety of our sailors with the highest priority.  Due to the current Covid-19 pandemic and in compliance with local municipalities and Ontario Sailing, the Oakville Yacht Squadron Sailing School has made the difficult decision to suspend our regular sailing school and adult programming for the summer of 2020.  Full refunds will be given to all that have registered for sailing sessions.  Please note that it could take up to 7 business days for refunds to be processed.  We will be offering private lessons in July and August.  Registration for August private lessons opens on July 1st


  Because of the high demand and limited availability of programming, we are only offering 1 session per family.

Private Lessons


In the month of July and August we are offering private lessons for sailors.  There will be options for a 3 day session or 2 day session full on on the water instruction.  Sessions will take place Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday OR Thursday & Friday in the mornings (8:30am to 12pm) or afternoons (1pm to 4:30pm).  These programs are catered to the needs of the sailor for all levels and ages.  Privates lessons can be one-on-one or families can add additional individuals to the session for an additional $100 per person.  We encourage families to sail together.  Close friends may join a session together, as long as they verify that they are within the same social circle as defined by the Ontario Government.  Lessons will be held in the stable RS Fevas, Optis and RS Quests depending on group size.  These vessels are known for their stability on the water, and easy maneuverability; excellent learning vessels.  Introductory through advance lessons are available.  Introductory lessons will focus on fun, safety and fundamental sailing skills. Sailors will learn skills including boat balance, sail trim, heading up, tacking, gybing, leadership, knots, basic weather patterns, docking and sailing terminology.  These skills are creatively crafted into fun and unique lessons by our team of qualified and experienced instructors both on and off the water. 

Cost per 3-day session: $400.00 (HST exempt)

Cost per 2-day session: $280.00 (HST exempt)

Additional Participant: $100.00 each (HST exempt)


Laser Race Team

PREQUISITES: certificate in cansail 1-4
requirements: sailor must supply their own boat.  Program fee includes season storage

In this program, the advancing sailors’ skills are enhanced and applied to sailing faster and competitively.  Sailors will be working towards completing their CANSail 5 & 6.  These enthusiastic sailors will experience more challenging training sessions while mastering and combining previously learned skills in a race focused environment.  This program focuses on fine tuning the sailors’ sailing proficiency. Sailors will learn imperative racing skills including optimal body position in all conditions, powering up and depowering using sail controls, sheeting and steering, tactical mark rounding, gybing and tacking in all conditions, and stopping and starting on a line.  Sailors in this program are required provide their own Laser dinghy, whether owned or privately chartered.  Summer storage is included in the registration fee.  There is one Laser Radial dinghy available for charter through the OYS Sailing School.

The Oakville Yacht Squadron is a sailing centre of excellence for racers in the GTA.  To maintain this level of excellence, a higher level of commitment from our racers and parents is required.  Regatta participation is a highlight for our sailors in this program and parental support is required by way of chaperoning, hauling trailers, travel planning and regatta assistance.  Please note that regatta fees and travel expenses are not included in the program fee.  Coaching will be provided at regattas.  Because of Covid-19, regatta participation in 2020 may not be possible.

This program is offered as an 8 week session in July and August running from 8:30am to 3:30pm.

Summer Season: $2,150.00 (HST exempt)