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Youth Learn to Sail
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Youth Learn to Sail

The Port Credit Yacht Club offers a variety of youth sailing programs to accommodate all ages and skill levels. Whether you are joining us for the first time in our WetFeet Program, or you’re working towards a CANSail level already; there is a fun and exciting sailing experience here for you!

Sailing is a lifelong skill that tests a person’s physical and mental abilities from the first time stepping into a boat, until the last. The fundamental sailing skills taught in our program will enable youth to explore a future in cruising, racing or wherever their passion takes them.

A daily lunch is provided to all students in the Learn to Sail summer programs.

Typical Day

The following is a schedule of what our typical day in our program looks like, all times and daily activities are subject to change, and are weather dependent.

08:30- 9:00 Drop off at side gate
9:00 Rigging (Swimming for Wet Feet)
10:15-10:30 Snack (Not Provided)
10:30-12:00 Lessons and morning sailing session
12:00- 13:00 Lunch (Provided)
13:00- 15:30 Afternoon Sailing session
15:30-16:30 De-rig and de-brief
16:30 End of Day Pick up at side gate

What to Bring

In order for our program to run smoothly and safely here is a list of things that participants should bring with them every day of the session:

- Refillable water bottle

- Sunscreen (SPF 30 or Higher, Waterproof is recommended)

- Bathing suit and towel

- Hat

- Sunglasses

- Closed toed shoes

- Change of clothes


- Snacks (we provide lunch, however snacks are very important!)

Extended Hours 

Available for sailors who need to be dropped off or picked up outside of our regular hours. The Learn to Sail Program is flexible for those guardians who need to take some extra time. Extended hours in the morning will begin at 7:30 AM and in the afternoon be offered from 4:30 – 6:00 PM. To register your child for Extended Hours:

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CANSail WetFeet Program - (Recommended ages 5-8)
Prerequisites: None

Wet Feet at PCYC is filled with lots of fun!  We provide a safe, fun and exciting introduction to sailing giving the young sailor a chance to develop their fundamental sailing skills.  This program has been launched across Canada, focusing on giving children between the ages of 5 and 8 an opportunity to sail.  Days will be filled with a variety of different activities in addition to sailing, to ensure an enjoyable and well-rounded experience for all participants. Boating safety & swimming instruction included.

This program is offered in one week sessions Monday - Friday from 9 AM to 430 PM throughout July and August.  For specific dates, please check out our online registration here:

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CANSail 1 & 2- (Recommended ages 8+) 
Prerequisites: None

This is an introductory program to our sport of sailing with a focus on fun, safety and fundamental skills. This course is taught using our large fleet of 420s and Prams.  Lessons are creatively delivered by our team of qualified and experienced instructors both on and off the water.

Programs are offered in two week sessions Monday to Friday 9 AM - 430 PM during July and August.  Click to see specific dates and to register for the program.

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CANSail 3 & 4
Prerequisites: CANSail 1 & CANSail 2 checklists completed

CANSail 3 & 4 progressively builds and develops the skills in CANSail 1 & 2, with a focus on keeping the sailor engaged with appropriate challenges and learning opportunities. We will be running our “Chutes and Wires 1” course concurrently with CANSail 4, in order to provide this fun and challenging spinnaker and trapeze work experience to students that are ready for it!

CANSail 3&4 includes the opportunity for some local regatta participation (Steerers and Four Sisters etc.). Regattas may require some travel, and parents are needed for travel planning, chaperoning, pulling trailers, and assisting at regattas should students choose to attend. Please note that regatta fees and travel expenses (transportation, lodging, food) are not covered in the program registration fee. Parents will be needed for logistical support and to chaperone at regattas away from PCYC. Coaching will be provided.

Programs are offered in 4 week sessions Monday to Friday 9 Am-430 PM during July and August.   Click to see specific dates and to register for this program.

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