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Learn to Sail at the Pelican Yacht Club


We have two goals: first - 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. Our second goal is to provide sailing instruction to everyone, regardless of age, skill level, or physical ability. Our programs include:

·         Nationally recognized courses created by SailCanada (the CanSail Program)

·         Private instruction tailored to each student

·         Instruction for disabled sailors and their companions 

Current Season Schedule & Fees

To register for CANSail lessons, or to view the current course schedule and fees, please visit our Checkclick site for the current course schedule: 

The CANSail Programs

Wet Feet: Programming specific to ages 5-8 years, in an Optimist Dinghy.  Focus is on teaching safety on and around water as well as getting comfortable with on water activities.

CANSail 1 & 2: Fundamental skill acquisition in any type of boat. Regardless of the age that a new sailors begins in Cansail, students begin by learning the basics of sailing through dry land and on water lessons.  Sailors are introduced to basic sailing skills such as safety, rigging, terminology, seamanship, and boat handling skills.  No sailing experience is necessary.

CANSail 3 & 4: Applied skill acquisition in any type of boat.  CANSail levels 1+2 necessary before entry into the advanced sailing levels. Age ranges depending on experience and skill level.


Learn more about the CANSail Dinghy program one the Sail Canada website: 


Other Learn to Sail Programs and Events

Private Lessons: offered in three-hour blocks throughout the summer. Sessions include basic on shore theory and safety instructions followed by an on water experience. Maximum numbers for these programs is dependent on the ages of the participants and the type of boat appropriate for that age. For more information or to book a lesson, please contact us at

Martin 16 Sailors and Companionsprivate instruction tailored to each sailor.  Includes rigging, safety, and basic sailing skills. For more information or to book a lesson, please contact us at

Group Adult Sailing SessionsPrivate instruction tailored to each group.  A minimum of 2 sailors per session is required. For more information or to book a lesson, please contact us at

Thursday Night RacingOn Thursday evenings, the Learn to Sail staff will host a different sailing-related event. On evenings when we are granted good winds and fair weather, we will run a very informal racing clinic, followed by a short race. The goal of these evenings is to give students the opportunity to get a glimpse of the racing aspect of sailing in a fun, friendly setting.

Little Bird RegattaLittle Bird Regatta is an annual event for all dinghy sailors. The purpose of the regatta is to introduce new racers to the sport in a fun, easy-going environment. This is a teaching regatta, so coaches will be on the water during the race to give help and guidance. It is a fun day filled with racing, learning, supper, and evening fireworks show. 



Head Sailing Instructor 2017: Gillian Craig

Assistant Sailing Instructor 2017: TBD

LTS Coordinator 2017: Dieter Schwarz at