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Learn to Sail - Adult Sailing Programs

Royal Victoria Yacht Club has been identified as a leader in Canadian sailing. Come and experience our innovative public programs designed for novice to advance sailors aged 19 and over.

Sailing Program Registration opens on January 1. All courses are subject to minimum enrollment.

Cancellation Policy: A cancellation fee of $50 plus applicable credit card transaction fees will be charged on all cancelled registrations. No refunds for cancellations made less than 14 days prior to the start of the course.

All courses run on statutory holidays!

Please click here to go to our online registration!

For course descriptions, dates and pricing information, please view the brochure here.


 Adult Learn to Keelboat
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.

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.

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.

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!

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