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Youth and Adult Training

The Learn to Sail course is a combination of dry land instruction and water-based training. The course includes principles of sailing but also includes basic water safety. Everything from proper flotation devices to righting of capsized vessels is included. 

All courses are held at the Cultus Lake Sailing Club (South end of Sunnyside Blvd). 

All courses follow CANSail guidelines.

All youth learn to sail programs include membership. Adult courses do not require club membership, however a discounted membership is available when joining within a month of taking a learn to sail course.

For any other inquiries about training email

Online registration is now available for all Learn to Sail programs.

Please follow this link to the LTS Online Registration

Youth Learn to Sail

Optimist Sailing Level 1 - 2 

Children who are new to sailing or who would like more practice to feel comfortable. Children are introduced to sailing in an environment that focuses on fun and safety. Small, stable Optimist dinghies are used for this course with 2 students per boat. Topics include boating safety, steering, sail control and how to balance, sit and move in an Optimist dinghy. Additional activities may include arts and crafts, games and beach play.

  • 9:00 – 4:00

  • Ages: 8 – 15 yr

Optimist Sailing Level 2 - 3

Children and youth who have taken a previous learn to sail program and who are comfortable sailing an Optimist dinghy. Optimist dinghies are used for this course with 1 or 2 students per boat. Sailing concepts such as sailing to a point, boat handling and extending the students wind range are expanded and developed. More advanced sailing and racing techniques may be introduced, and opportunities to sail other boats may also be provided. 

  • 9:00 – 4:00

  • Ages: 9 – 15 yr

Introduction to Sailing Double-Handed Boats

For children and youth who have taken a previous learn to sail course and would like improve their sailing in a double-handed boat.

  • 9:00 – 4:00

  • Ages: 11 – 15 yr

Commodore's Cup Regatta

A fun 3 day competition at the Royal Vancouver Yacht Club for sailors who have attended a learn to sail program during the summer.  

What to bring to all courses:

Lunch, snacks, water, backpack or bag, hat, sunscreen, bathing suit, change of clothes, towel, closed toe shoes, jacket. 

Courses and Dates:

If the course you wish to register for is full, please contact us at to be put on the waitlist.

July 4 - 7                                                       Double-Handed Course


July 10 - 14                                                  Optimist Sailing Level 1 - 2                            

July 17 - 21                                                  Optimist Sailing Level 1 (Registration closed)                             

August 7 - 11                                              Optimist Sailing Level 1 - 2                             

Other courses may be scheduled at a later date.

Commodore's Cup Regatta                      August 29-31

(Royal Vancouver Yacht Club)




Adult Learn to Sail

A introductory course is available for adults who wish to learn how to sail. This weekend covers water safety, terminology, knots and sailing skills. Small classes means lots of 1 on 1 time. 

Courses and Dates:

Schedule: Friday evening 7:00 to 9:00 p.m., Saturday and Sunday 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

2 Course Dates:

1) June 16 - 18


2) July 21 - 23


To register please contact


Members, please contact for the member code. 

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