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Our sailing courses follow the curriculum created by Sail Canada and upon successful completion you will achieve the Sail Canada Standard for that course. Proof of this achievement is recognized by boating associations, facilities and charter operations around the world

Our adult sailing courses are divided into two streams: Learn to Cruise (LTC)  and Learn to Sail (LTS) following the Cruising & CANSail curriculum.  LTC is taught on keelboats which are larger, have a weighted keel to provide stability, and prepare participants to become keelboat owners. LTS is taught in dinghies which are smaller boats where you are the weight which provides stability. Both are excellent ways to start your sailing career.

The Adult programs offered at PCYC are listed below, however please feel free to contact Learn to Sail for more information 905-278-7911 ext 241 or


Start Keelboat Sailing 

Prerequisites: None

Courses: 3 consecutive weeks - Tuesday & Thursday 6-9pm, 

The course is ideal for the first time sailor. Learn the basics of crewing in this 18 hour introductory     program on a sloop rigged keelboat.You will receive instruction in sailing terms and definitions, marine weather, knots and the duties of skipper and crew. During the course you will be learning how to safely depart for a day on the water, handling the boat both under sail and power including emergency situations.


This course will make you feel safe and comfortable so that you can enjoy your time on the water. Emphasis is placed on learning the fundamentals, sailing the boat so all participants get the chance to practice all the aspects of sailing from the first lesson onwards.

Sail Canada Basic Cruising

Prerequisites: None

Courses: 4 Consecutive weeks - Monday & Wednesday 6-9pm OR 2 Consecutive weekends Saturday & Sunday 9am-4pm.

If you have ever dreamed of sailing the crystal blue waters of the Caribbean, Basic Cruising is the first step to get you out on the water. This 24 hour introductory course builds on the Start Keelboat course and is taught on a keelboat. Successful students are awarded the Sail Canada Basic Cruising Standard. Upon completion of this course you will be able to sail a “day-sailor” safely and efficiently in moderate wind and sea conditions. You will also be able to demonstrate the necessary sailing skills required for the Sail Canada Basic Cruising Standard.

Training will include, but not be limited to:

  • Boat handling under sail & power
  • Terminology
  • Safety equipment and procedures
  • Boat handling under power
  • Understanding weather
  • Basic Navigation
  • Anchoring and docking under power
  • Reefing
  • Knots
  • Rules of the road
  • Crew-Overboard procedures


CANSail Dinghy Programs

Dinghy sailing is a fantastic way to learn to sail. Small and responsive, these boats are fast and exciting and provide a good work-out. With an experienced CANSail instructor as your coach, you will master the skills and knowledge required to safely sail a dinghy in moderate wind and sea conditions. We offerCANSail 1&2 and CANSail 3&4: