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Learn to Sail - Adult Sailing Programs

Royal Victoria Yacht Club has been identified as a leader in Canadian sailing. The sailing programs here provide adventurous, inclusive quality programs for the community. We welcome landlubbers, Olympic dreamers and everyone in between. We value progression, sportsmanship and sailing for life and we've got an excellent team of committed and knowledgeable coaches. 

Our adult programs are designed for students 19 years and older. Our programs follow Sail Canada's CANSail curriculum and all of our coaches are Sail Canada trained and certified. 

Below you can find more information on the program that best suits you. You'll find dates, times and prices of our programs on our registration page and here in our brochure. You'll also find our cancellation policy at the bottom of the page.


Don't hesitate to get in touch with us at  or 250 592 6113. Catch up with us on facebook


Please click here to go to our online registration!

Click here to view the 2020 Sailing Programs Brochure

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Photo by Liam Welgan-Gunn

Adult CANSail Programs (Over 18 years)

Adult CANSail Basic - CANSail 1 & 2

Evening classes for Sail Canada accredited CANSail basic sailing skills. This is an adult class for the beginner sailor or those with limited experience to learn in our Club 420 dinghies. 

- Mondays & Wednesday, 6:00-9:00 for 4 weeks.

Modified Adult CANSail Advanced (Pre-req: CANSail Basic) - CANSail 3 & 4, plus Spinnaker & Trapeze 1

Advanced sailing skills for those who have completed CANSail basic. Sailors will work on refining their sailing skills in heavier winds, work on boat handling and will be introduced to concepts of right of way and reading the wind. This will integrate skills around spinnaker and trapeze in the Club 420.

- Tuesdays and Thursday, 6:00-9:00 in August.

Intro to Keelboating - Not a CanSail Course

This course introduces the novice or experienced dinghy sailor to the world of keelboat sailing. In our fleet of Martin 242’s, sailors will learn the art of sailing, crew work, docking and seamanship. Come enjoy sailing the picturesque waters of Cadboro Bay and Oak Bay.

- Tuesdays & Thursdays, 6:00-9:00 for 4 weeks.

Salty Sisters - Not a CANSail Course

Join our intrepid group of ladies aged 18+ as they conquer the waters of Cadboro Bay in a fun and relaxed learning environment. Focus is on individual development and building confidence. Sessions run Saturdays from 9-12 and include debriefs over lunch. If you’re an 18+ lady and want to sail, then this group is for you!

- Saturday mornings from 9:00-12:30, for 8 weeks.

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CANCELLATION POLICY: If you need to cancel a course, please let us know as soon as possible. If you cancel outside of two weeks prior to the start date of your course, you'll receive a refund less a $50 cancellation fee. Unfortunately we don't offer refunds within two weeks of the start date of your course.