Adult Sail Training Registration opens in March

Working with District of West Vancouver Parks and Recreation Commission, the club has operated out of Ambleside Park for more than 50 years and during that time over 10,000 people have learned to sail at the club. Our instructors are all certified by Sail Canada. We offer 2 progressive Cansail Levels for adults as well as a refresher course for individuals who have learned how to sail in the past but are feeling a bit rusty.

Learn To Sail


A fun and practical intro to sailing for first time sailors. Learning focuses on safety at sea, basic sailing and nautical skills, and of course FUN! No sailing experience required. Successful completion earns CanSail 1.


This course builds on the sailing skills and knowledge gained in the Intro level. A great course for returning sailors who want to refresh their skills as well as newer sailors who want to further develop their sailing ability Successful completion earns CanSail 2. Requirements: Completion of the “Intro” course, CanSail 1, or equivalent sailing ability.

Racing Seminar 1

A beginner seminar which offers an introduction to racing for those interested in learning a new side to their sport! Covers: How a race works and the processes involved, along with tips and tricks. Everything you need to understand a race you watch or compete in.

Racing Seminar 2

A racing seminar which focuses on teaching the rules of sailing. This starts with the basic rules of right of way in sailing and goes on to more race specific rules as outlined in the “racing rules of sailing”. Included will be discussion on uses and interpretations of rules and how they apply to racing.

Racing Seminar 3

A more advanced seminar which discusses tactics and strategies used in racing to win races and get around the course as fast as possible. Topics will include pre-race strategy building, start line and mark rounding tactics, as well as adapting to changing weather conditions mid race.

Learn to Race

This course is made for giving adults an introduction to racing. This session will give sailors all the skills required to participate in an excellent part of this sport, racing. Sessions will teach how races work, the rules, and basic tactics. Requirements: Completion of “Intro” course, CanSail 1, or equivalent sailing ability.

What You Need to Bring

  • A Canadian Coast Guard approved personal flotation device (PFD i.e. lifejacket).
  • Non-marking soft soled shoes that will not slip off in the water. Flip-flops and slip-on footwear (other than aquasocks or Crocs) are not permitted.
  • Clothing appropriate for the weather
  • Hat, Sunscreen
  • Change of clothes and towel
  • Bag lunch with refillable water bottle
  • Closed toed shoes that can be worn in the water