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Learn to Sail at the Pelican Yacht Club!

300 Queen Street, Ninette, Manitoba - Pelican Lake is 45 minutes southeast of Brandon.


Check out the Pelican Yacht Club video here!


Learn to Sail During Covid-19:

We are proud to say that Manitoba is the first Province in Canada approved to have sailing return to sport during Covid-19. Learn to Sail Coaches and PYC Executive have been working with Sail Manitoba to ensure Best Practices for Safe Return to Sailing in Manitoba during Covid-19. We will continually review appropriate safety measures and preventative practices as the Covid-19 situation evolves.

We will follow the guidelines from Sail Manitoba to abide by the Government of Canada’s direction to carefully follow physical distancing practices and to respect the directives and regulations of all Public Health Authorities and provincial and regional governments.


Goals of Learn to Sail:

1.) Learn to Sail! Love to Sail! Live to Sail! 

    We want to produce sailors who will continue to develop their love for sailing for the rest of their lives.

2.) Provide sailing instruction to everyone, regardless of age, skill level, or physical ability.

    Our programs include:

  • Nationally recognized courses created by Sail Canada (CanSail Program)
  • Individualized instruction tailored to each student
  • Instruction for persons with disabilities and their companions
  • Private lessons for all ages


Students of all ages learn sailing skills by entering fun and challenging experiences suited to their age and stage of development. The CanSail Program offers plenty of time on the water in a safe and active learning environment. Lessons are taught in Optimist, Laser or Laser 2 sail boats that are provided by the Pelican Yacht Club.

Students are welcome to join Thursday Night Racing (weather permitting) which is an informal racing clinic offered to all registered students.

Welcome to Our New Learn to Sail Instructors!

Lucas McPhail-Stouffer - Head Instructor

Ben Stephenson - Assistant Instructor

Ben and Lucas have worked hard to meet their credentials as instructors and are very excited to get you all out onto the water for fun, active and safe learning experiences!



Safety measures and expectations of parents and students suited to the current regulations and best practices will be shared by Instructors at time of registration. Due to Covid-19, this summer, sailing lessons will be available to students aged 8 and up.


Parents of students aged 8-10 will be asked to remain on site to ensure social distancing and other precautions be followed safely.



Sailing Lesson Times/Costs:


CanSail 1&2: Offered to students aged 8 and up. Lessons start with introductory concepts of tacking, gybing, sailing terminology as well as many other on and off water skills. Lessons will be tailored to age, stage of development and experience. Based on age and experience, students will be matched to the appropriate style of sailboat: Optimist, Laser or Laser 2

Times: 9:00-4:00 Monday-Friday

Cost: $200


CanSail 3&4: is designed for advanced sailors that have successfully completed the CanSail 1&2 programs. This program focuses on building on the basic skills previously learned. Levels 3&4 are typically taught in 2-week blocks Mon-Fri from 9:00-4:00.

Times: TBA with Instructors

Cost: $200/week


Private Lessons:

Book a 3-hour private lesson for one-one instruction for sailors of all ages from introductory to experienced

Times: TBA with Instructors

Cost: $85


Private Lessons for Persons with Disabilities:

Persons with disabilities, along with their companion, are taught through private instruction tailored to each student. Activities include safety, rigging, basic sailing skills and VHF radio use.

Times: TBA with Instructors

Cost: $65




LTS Dates for CanSail 1&2


CanSail 3&4, and Private Lessons can be arranged individually with Instructors by email:


July 6-10 – CanSail 1&2

July 13-17 – CanSail 1&2 

July 20-24 – CanSail 1&2

July 27-31 – CanSail 1&2

Aug 3-7 – CanSail 1&2

Aug 10-14 – CanSail 1&2

August 17-21 – CanSail 1&2


August 22 - Little Bird Regatta!  - All Students - Mark your calendars!

Little Bird is an Exciting Annual Event that our sailing students look forward to every year. It includes races for our students along with fun activities and celebrations of the summer’s achievements!

This event will run as long as Covid-19 Regulations allow.


August 24-28 - Private Lessons - Private Lessons are also offered by request throughout the summer (typically after 4:00 on weekdays during Learn to Sail lesson weeks or on weekends) – arrange with instructors by email:


To Register for Learn to Sail: 

Registration Form (to print):

Waiver Form (to print):

Payment/Waiver (online):


For questions or to discuss dates available: Email  


Be Prepared For Your Sailing Experience!


Due to COVID-19 Please discuss with your child that

no sharing of personal items or food is allowed.


  • Complete Covid-19 Self-Screening Tool for Participant and Parent/Guardian prior to arrival
  • First Day – Must Bring Paper Copy of Waiver Form Signed by Parent and Emergency Contact/Attending Guardian
  • Must Bring Paper Copy of Registration Form Signed by Parent
  • Life Jacket - Due to COVID19 you must bring your own personal flotation device – there will be no borrowing or sharing of items


The following is a list of clothing suitable for most weather conditions when sailing. Remember, weather conditions can change quickly so it is always better to have too much than not enough. It is most likely that these items will get wet, so it is a good idea to bring a change of clothes and footwear for the ride home!


What to bring for all conditions:

  • Pair of closed toe shoes - Crocs are ultimate!
  • Sunhat, sunglasses, sunscreen – please label your sunscreen
  • Towel
  • Change of clothes and footwear
  • Windbreaker
  • Water bottle
  • Lunch and/or snacks (Litter-less Lunch – containers as opposed to single use plastic/garbage)


     Cold/wet weather conditions:

  • Long pants and a long-sleeved shirt - no jeans please
  • Sweater
  • Rain gear


    Warm weather conditions:

  • Bathing suit
  • Shorts and t-shirt

   Extra things:

  • Mosquito repellent
  • Hand Sanitizer (non-alcohol due to risk of heat with alcohol-based sanitizer)
  • Physical distancing will be practiced, masks are at discretion of parents – option: a breathable, UV protected buff