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Learn to Sail: Adult Sailing Programs

Sailing is a lifelong sport that is unique in its ability to both exhilarate and relax at the same time. 

In 2018 WVYC will be continuing it’s very successful “Flexible Basic Cruising Course”.  There are a total of 8 places available for the course. This is a Sail Canada course and the first step on the ladder towards owning your own boat.  You will learn to sail a keel boat in light to moderate winds in the waters around west Vancouver. The course includes anchoring, mooring, docking, crew overboard, motoring and all the points of sail plus loads more. You need to attend a maximum of 5 days sailing throughout the summer. The course will start in April and be run on weekends between 10 am and 6 pm.  Each week between April and October your instructor will email you with the options for sailing that weekend (weather dependent). The first 4 of 8 students to respond positively will sail that weekend (usually only one day of the two).  If you can’t make it – don’t worry, there will be plenty of opportunities throughout the summer.  Each student can take up to 5 days on the water and on the last day you will be tested for your “afloat” skills.  There is also a written test to take when you feel ready sometime in the summer.  If necessary we will run a classroom teaching session to review the topics for the test.

The cost of the Sail Canada Basic Cruising course will be $765 per student plus the cost of the PCOC registration.  It will include a set of PowerPoint slides to help you with the Basic Cruising test, the PCOC test if you don’t already have it, the sail Canada logbook, on water time, classroom time, and the PCOC registration if you don’t have it.

Our program is designed to introduce you to the world of sailboats, wind and water in the scenic waters of Howe Sound. Our courses are ideal for beginners or those who wish to improve their skills. You will be sailing as part of a group on a stable keel boat. 

Click here to sign up for 2018 before the 8 spots are gone.

All of our instructors are certified by the Canadian Yachting Association and are committed to providing you with the most professional, positive, and proactive sailing experience possible. Select the programs below for more great options:

  • Sail Canada (CYA) Coastal Navigation
    • Once you know how to sail in local waters within sight of your home port, you should take the Coastal Navigation course and learn how to navigate around the beautiful BC coast - up to Desolation Sound, over to the Gulf Islands or down to the Orcas Islands. Coastal Navigation is a seven evening classroom course which teaches you how to use charts, how to plot a course or check your drift, the meaning of all the symbols in Chart 1, detailed understanding of all the safety and informational buoys at sea and using tide and current tables for passage planning and anchoring. This course is required by most charter companies to charter boats for overnights. The course requires several hours of homework each week to build your charting skills up to the necessary level and is quite numbers based. The exam on the last night involves written and chart work.

      Course Name

      2017 Dates

      Times

       
             
      CN
      Seven evenings
      Course coming soon.
      6:30 - 9:00
       


      Fee


      Non-Members and Members $400.00

      Click here to Register Online / Check Availability



      * Adult cancellation policy information can be found here

      For additional course information, please contact sailingdirector@wvyc.ca
  • Club J22 Usage
    • Have you've completed your Basic Cruising (or have equivalent years of experience), or Level 1 of the Private Lessons, and are you keen to keep sailing but don't want the hassle and cost of buying and maintaining your own boat? The WVYC's J22s might be just what you're looking for.

      The J22 allows WVYC junior, intermediate, associate, and active members access to the 2 club-owned J22 keelboats for cruising. Juniors and intermediate members can use these boats at no cost but must commit to helping twice per year to haul and clean them and do small maintenance on them. Associate and Active members can take advantage of these boats at a small cost, and the proceeds go towards maintenance of the boats and supporting the Junior Sailing Program. For more information or to book one please contact the sailing director at sailingdirector@wvyc.ca or (604) 921-7575 Ext 231. If you are new to sailing check out our Private Lessons for learning how to sail one of these boats.

      Rates:

      WVYC Associate and Active Members qualified to take them out: $25 an hour


      Level 1

      This course allows sailors to learn the basics of sailing a small keelboat (22ft). Boat handling, safety, and sail trim are a few of the many components taught in a no stressed environment. Level 1 can usually be accomplished in 10 hours. Requirement: PCOC

      Level 2

      With additional sessions, sailors will refine their basic skills as both skipper and crew. Sailors begin to understand how to make boats sail quickly and efficiently. Sailors generally require at least 10 hours of training to complete the Level 2 skill set. Requirement: Level 1 completion.

  • Learn to Race
    • In this course you will race a series of races in a J22 with an experienced CYA certified instructor. This is an excellent chance to develop your understanding of sailboat racing in a positive and safe environment. Please watch the club calendar for upcoming dates.

  • Private Lessons
    • Have a specific skill you want to master? Looking for individual attention? WVYC offers private lesson aboard our fleet of J22s. Whether it's because you want to learn something right now, optimize your racing skills or simply consolidate your current skill set, our experienced CYA instructors will help you get there.

      Lessons are bookable in 2 hour blocks on days throughout the week.

      Private lessons:

      Monday 5 pm - 7 pm

      Tuesday 5 pm - 7 pm

      Thursday  5 pm - 7 pm

      Friday 5 pm - 7 pm

      and as long as there is no Jr. Sailing Regatta

      Saturday 4 pm - 6 pm

      Sundays 10 am - 12 pm, 4 pm - 6 pm
      *subject to availability

      Rates:

      WVYC Members: $25 an hour, $200 for 10 hours. Price includes boat and instructor

      Non-members: $40 an hour, $300 for 10 hours. Price Includes boat and instructor

      Level 1

      This course allows sailors to learn the basics of sailing a small keelboat (22ft). Boat handling, safety, and sail trim are a few of the many components taught in a no stressed environment. Level 1 can usually be accomplished in 10 hours. Requirement: PCOC

      Level 2

      With additional sessions, sailors will refine their basic skills as both skipper and crew. Sailors begin to understand how to make boats sail quickly and efficiently. Sailors generally require at least 10 hours of training to complete the Level 2 skill set. Requirement: Level 1 completion.


      Please contact the Sailing Director to discuss a package that best suits your need and your schedule.


Other Courses 


Other Courses offered to complete or compliment your cruising program include: Pleasure Craft Operator Certificate (PCOC), VHF Restricted Operators Certificate (ROC) and Safety at Sea. Please watch the club calendar for upcoming dates.

  • Pleasure Craft Operator Certificate (PCOC)
    • The PCOC is a one day course that is a Department of Transport requirement for anyone operating a boat with an inboard or outboard engine. You MUST carry your PCOC with you whenever you are on the water. The syllabus includes rules of the road (sea), buoys and signage at sea, safety equipment requirements and the Law. The course is a classroom course taught in our Sailing School with a short (multiple choice) exam at the end.

      For a listing of current courses, taught by the Canadian Power squadron, please visit: 
      http://www.boatingcourses.ca/provinces/british-columbia

  • VHF Restricted Operators Certificate (ROC)
    • If you have a VHF radio on board your boat and want to use it for anything other than a Mayday call you must have a VHF ROC. We teach you the whole syllabus and allow you the opportunity to try out your skills in a short day course based in our Sailing School classroom. With a short (multiple choice) exam at the end.

      This course taught by the Canadian Power Squadron.  Click on the link below for upcoming courses and for online registration
      http://www.boatingcourses.ca/provinces/british-columbia

  • Safety at Sea
    • The BC Sailing Offshore Personal Survival Course (Safety at Sea - Sea Survival) is for experienced sailors who are participating in distance and offshore races and passages. The course includes classroom and practical sessions. Topics covered include safety equipment, storm sails, weather forecasts, heavy weather, man overboard, emergency signals and communications. Practical sessions include inflating and using lifejackets, life rafts and other safety equipment in a pool environment. The course is Sail Canada - ISAF Approved. Participants who successfully complete the course receive an Offshore Personal Survival Course certificate, valid for five years. The International Sailing Federation (ISAF) specifies personal survival training requirements in section 6 of the Offshore Special Regulations, and outlines a model course in Appendix G of those regulations. Click here for additional information and upcoming course dates.