Fun and fabulous full-day two week Summer Camps offer on- water adventures for the urban sailor-to-be. Kids get outside and learn to sail with our professional and well qualified sailing coaches while developing confidence, independence and teamwork skills. Sailing, seamanship and nautical skills plus boat picnics, sandcastles, field games, BBQs and even a Pirate Day will make this a summer to remember in a safe and comfortable environment, while kids gain valuable leadership skills and make new friends. Come with siblings, friends or on your own and build lasting relationships doing a lifelong sport. Summer is coming and Hollyburn Sailing Club is the place to be! Ages 10 – 17.

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Learn To Sail (CANSail 1-4)
Pre-Requisite: None

An introductory sailing course for first-time sailors that provides the essential skills for on water safety, technical knowledge, and practical ability. No prior sailing experience is required. Sailors in this course have the opportunity to complete their CANSail 1 level.

Pre-Requisite: Intro, CANSail, or equivalent sailing ability.

This course is for individuals who have completed the Intro course and are somewhat experienced sailors. Sailors will be introduced to a variety of basic double-handed sailing skills. Sailors in this course have the opportunity to complete their CANSail 2 level.

Pre-Requisite: Basic, CANSail 2, or equivalent sailing ability.

This course is for sailors who are ready to tackle the greater technical and theoretical challenges that sailing incorporates. Refined boat-handling skills and introductory elements to racing are introduced and practiced. Sailors are exposed to a greater variety of conditions and participate in a club race. Sailors in this course have the opportunity to complete their CANSail 3 level.

Pre-Requisite: Intermediate, CANSail 3, or equivalent sailing ability.

This course teaches sailors to perform advanced boat handling manoeuvres in a variety of conditions. This course helps sailors to acquire a greater understanding into how sails function and how the boat moves. Sailors can successfully execute manoeuvres in competitive settings and for tactical and strategic purposes. Sailors participate in a one to two-day local regatta. Those in this course have the opportunity to complete their CANSail 4 level; a level that is also a pre-requisite for those interested in coaching.

CANSail 5 / CANSail 6
Pre-Requisite: Advanced, CANSail 4, or equivalent sailing ability.

This one week course is designed to be taken multiple times in a summer allowing for sailors who have completed their Advanced level to work on CANSail 5 and CANSail 6. CANSail 5 and 6 are more difficult courses than the prior levels and it is likely that it will take more than just 2 weeks to complete. Sailors who are working towards their CANSail 5 or 6 will also have to compete in a BC Circuit regatta to have the opportunity to complete their level.

Sail For Life
Pre-Requisite: CANSail 2 and 13+

This course is intended for those who are 13+ and are interested in casual, explorative sailing. This course involves several day-long on water adventures across Vancouver’s diverse bay. Training will be provided as sailors learn to navigate around Vancouver Harbor in a fun and safe manner. As this course is not a part of the CANSail curriculum, there is no level to be obtained.

Opti Training
We are excited to partner with BC Sailing in order to provide an Opti program for children 6 – 10 years of age. See their website for more details: BC Sailing Association Mobile Optimist Sailing School. Not yet available for booking

Training at HSC is based on standards established by Sail Canada and combines classroom theory with time spent on the water sailing. Designed as a progression of levels of proficiency from beginner to advanced, a course lasts two weeks and run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday to Friday at Hollyburn Sailing Club, 1326 Argyle Street, West Vancouver.

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

On the first day of lessons, please arrive 15 minutes (8:45 am) to complete the necessary registration. The waiver must be completed and signed in order to start your lesson and contains information required by Sail Canada.

Member Rebate

Members of Hollyburn Sailing Club are eligible to receive a 10% discount for any junior sailing program course.