The Hollyburn Sailing Club Co-op program promotes sailing, kayaking, stand-up paddleboard and other watersports by allowing members to use a variety of watercraft. The Co-op owns a number of communal sailboats, kayaks, stand-up paddle boards, a windsurfer and a rowboat available for the exclusive use of co-op members.

Full Coop Manual and Guidebook: HSC Coop Manual

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Co-op members must be 18 years of age or older to use the club’s boats. Junior Co-op members between the ages of 15 and 18 may use the Co-op sail boats if they have completed CanSail 4 Sail Canada sailing lessons. They may not go out on the water alone and should buddy up — either in two single handed boats or two sailors on a single boat. Their sailing ability must have been approved by one of the club designated check-out personnel.

Co-op members must satisfy the HSC Co-op Captain of their sailing/paddling proficiency before being permitted to use the club’s boats and designated check-out people are available to help with this process.

Co-op membership fees pay for boat storage, purchase and maintenance. The fleet is user-maintained and labour is on a voluntary basis. Most boat maintenance takes place during the Hollyburn Sailing Club Spring and Fall clean-up days.

Co-op boats are stored outside and gear is stored in a locked closet next to the downstairs change rooms in the club building. Your club fob will open the gear closet if you are a member of the Co-op. The gear closet contains:

  • Paddles
  • Kayak bailing pumps
  • Throw bags
  • Kayak spray skirts
  • Paddle floats
  • Sailboat storage locker keys
  • Extra plugs for sailboats

There is a Co-op log book located in the work room. Please fill it in before and after a boat is taken out. The time and date of departure and arrival and destination are necessary along with maintenance issues. All boats are either named or numbers – Please include the number or name of the boat you have taken out, i.e., Arbutus, kayak 4

Other rules for the Co-op:

  • All members must have signed a waiver for the current year (Available in workshop) SailingLimits
  • A PFD or lifejacket MUST be used at all times while on the water.
  • Guests (including those under the age of 18) may accompany the Co-op member on the same boat. In the case of kayaks, this would mean that guests may only be accommodated in a double kayak. For sailors, a double-handed sailboat would be necessary.
  • Co-op members accept full responsibility for the safety of all guests while using the club’s boat.
  • It is up to the Co-op member to ensure the boat is in proper condition to paddle or sail. Check the boat is in proper condition before heading out.
  • Check the tides (in or out) and weather conditions before you go out. There is a tide chart above the log book. Currents can be quite strong.
  • Obey the Harbour Master’s No Sailing areas to the southeast of Ambleside
  • Leave equipment the way you found it (or better), and put everything away in proper place when you are finished. Rinse off boats if they are dirty.
  • Report maintenance needs to HSC Co-op Captain at: ​coopcaptain@hollyburnsailingclub.ca
  • Co-op boats and boards are for use by members from the club only.

There is no overnight usage (unless during a sanctioned club event) and boats or boards are not to be removed for use at other boating locations. After dark use from the club must have proper lights. A Pleasure Craft Operator Card is not necessary to operate a non-motorized boat on the water, but it is recommended that you familiarize yourself with the rules and regulations for small boat operation in Transport Canada’s ​Safe Boating Guide​.

Bookings: Boat Usage is on a first come first serve basis. There are enough boats for everyone, at present. If a particular boat is needed for a special occasion, please email the Co-op Captain at coopcaptain@hollyburnsailingclub.ca​ ​and arrangements may be made.