Sailing

Every summer, Hollyburn Sailing Club offers sailing courses that are taught by Sail Canada Certified Instructors in a fun, engaging, safe, and relaxing atmosphere. We offer programs to Juniors aged 10 and up and Adults. These programs run from May to September of each year, with individual courses ranging from several days to two full weeks. All of our multi-day programs guide students through skillsets and curricula that lead to nationally accredited certification. In partnership with BC Sailing Association we also offer a Optimist Sailing School for children aged 6 – 10.

Junior Summer Camp Registration Adult Sail Training Registration

Kayaking

We currently do not offer kayak instruction. If you would like to pursue training please contact our Training Director or Kayak captain and they will be able to refer you to appropriate training centres. Once you have attained your basic training, Hollyburn provides a great network of paddling members who will provide peer support and mentoring.

FAQ

At what age do you start sailors?

Due to the nature of the onshore wind and beach at Ambleside as well as the ramp, which requires physical strength to pull boats up to the yard, we require students to be a minimum of 10 years old. Younger students (6-10) are encouraged to register for our Opti program through BC Sailing.

What kind of boats do students train in?

The club owns a large fleet of two-handed boats, comprising 420’s, Pirates, Flying Juniors and Laser II’s. We also own 8 Lasers, 6 with radial rigs. Depending on the program and individual proficiency levels, students will sail one of these boats.

What do participants need to bring?

Every sailor will need to bring a lifejacket (Personal Flotation Device) that fits, clothing that can get wet, sun protection, and their own food/water. Students should be comfortable in the water and be able to swim.

What time do your camps run?

Summer camps run from 9 am to 4 pm, Monday to Friday with the exception of holidays (Canada Day and BC Day). Our adult lessons run from 9 am to 4 pm, Saturday and Sunday.

What happens at Sailing Camp?

Depending on the weather, our instructors take their sailors all over English Bay. Students will learn how to steer their boats, launch and land, and have lots of time for games and activities throughout their time at HSC. Highlights include a pirate day, a cruise to another beach for lunch, and a BBQ at the end of the camp.

What is your cancellation policy?

There is a $35 administration fee for all cancellations. There is no refund for cancellations made 7 days or less prior to the beginning of a course. There are no refunds under any circumstances once a course has started. Exceptions to this rule may be made if cancellation is necessary due to injury or illness. To cancel out of a current sailing session, please email the training director at training@hollyburnsailingclub.ca.