What to Bring and Wear
Students should wear clothing for the day’s weather. We suggest layers to adjust for changing weather. Wetsuits and drysuits are not required but can add a level of comfort if the individual is susceptible to cold. A wind and water proof layer on the outside will help keep you warm when wet.
Students must wear close toed shoes such as runners, aqua socks, crocs or wet suit booties to protect their feet from potential stubbing or cuts.
Please bring a change of clothing for when you get wet and a towel. RVYC has showers and change rooms for use after sailing.
Sunscreen, a hat and sunglasses are also recommended as the sun’s rays are intensified by reflection on the water.
Sailing gloves are a great idea but are not necessary. Rubberized gardening gloves do the trick at a fraction of the cost. If you feel you need to wear gloves.
- Bring a water bottle and enough food for your time here. Lunch and snacks for full day programs and snacks for half day programs. Time does not allow us to order food from the kitchen.
We encourage you to use your own Canadian Coast Guard Approved Personal Flotation Device. If you do not own one RVYC does provide them.
What to expect
Students will be on the water as much as possible, now even more so with the CYA CANSAIL program.
Our staff will endeavour to keep participants sailing in appropriate wind.
- We will sail if it rains and there is wind.
- You will get wet at some point as sailing is a water sport.
- Everyone has to capsize but it is done in a controlled environment the first time.
- Accidental capsizes do happen from time to time. The idea however is NOT to capsize. You will be instructed how to avoid capsizing. Our Keelboat courses do not have capsizing as the boats do not capsize.
- If you do not have your own we do supply Personal Flotation Devices for all participants.
- LEAVE ALL VALUABLES THAT DO NOT AGREE WITH SALT WATER ON SHORE!
When and Where?
***Yacht Club Members: Your account will be charged at the member rate if you entered your member number in the registration process. Please note you will not receive your member discount if you do not pay with your member account.
If you have any questions regarding your lessons, please feel free to contact us at 250-592-6113
Founded in 1892, the Royal Victoria Yacht Club is the oldest yacht club in Western Canada and teaching people to sail is one of our most treasured traditions. We strive to live up to our reputation by providing instruction in a fun, safe, and positive learning environment. We offer the New Canadian Yachting Association Learn to Sail standards. Our program introduces basic sailing and racing skills, develops existing skills, provides advanced training, and improves confidence, all while you enjoy sailing in beautiful Cadboro Bay.The Instructional Sail Program (ISP) is open to the public and members.
For full course descriptions please view the 2013 CanSail Brochure.