West Vancouver Yacht Club offers a number of programs for community schools. These programs all strive to promote sailing as a life long sport in a safe and exciting environment.
1. Introduction to Sailing (K-12)
Take Your Class Sailing!
The West Vancouver Yacht Club offers Introductory Dinghy Sailing Classes to schools for Grades K through 12. The goal of the program is to promote safe boating while exposing as many kids as possible to a recreational water-sport like sailing. Living on the west coast, it's important that students learn how to act safely and responsibly around the water. Sailing is the perfect medium to learn about safe boating, and, of course, an exciting and memorable way to begin or end the school year. Classes of up to 30 students can enroll in courses tailored for your needs, with special attention paid to the age of the students and time available for learning.
There are several class structures to choose from, please contact our Sailing Director for details.
All classes are taught by Canadian Yachting Association certified instructors who are trained to make sailing both fun and safe. The boats used for training are small Optimist Prams for Grades K to 5, and Pirates for Grades 6 to 12. All equipment including PFD's (life jackets) is included. Courses are offered from May through June and September through October. A minimum of 15 students are required for each class.
This is a great opportunity to give students a taste of the exciting sport of sailing and water safety. If you are interested in hearing more about WVYC's School Sailing Program, or consult other teachers about their sailing experiences, please contact our Sailing Director.
Student Registration Form
(to be completed by a parent/guardian)
2. High School Sailing Circuit
One of the newer programs offered at WVYC, the High School Sailing Program is a great way for students to get into sailing. The program is designed to offer technical benefits as well as social; students can sign up with their friends or join the team solo and meet lots of people.
On the technical side, participants will learn sailing skills following the Whitesail I, II and III curriculum. Training sessions are held twice per week for five weeks at the West Vancouver Yacht Club. At the end of the program, WVYC will host a fun weekend-long regatta where participants will have a chance to get a taste of racing, show off their new skills and meet students from other schools that also enjoy sailing. Those who demonstrate keen interest in sailing will be recommended to join the North Shore Sailing Team (NSST).