Adult Learn to Sail 2019

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General Information
KYC is offering the Start Keelboat Sailing qualification which is an entry level course that builds basic keelboat sailing skills. This course is recommended for those with little boating or sailing experience that want to experience sailing on a keelboat and begin to build basic sailing skills in a relaxed environment and at a comfortable pace. The vast majority of the time will be spent on the water. Students will need to complete a workbook as an open book learning exercise before the end of the sessions in their own time.

Adult Learn to Sail Coaches
Fraser Smith
Fraser is an experienced sailing coach who has been involved with the sport for 12 years, having served as a high-performance dinghy coach for the past 5. Having moved from Victoria BC this past summer, Fraser has taken up the position of Sailing Manager at KYC while also holding the position of Head Coach of the Royal Military College Sailing Team. Within the next few years Fraser hopes to be developing more high-performance sailors, with the eventual goal of coaching for the Canadian Olympic team.

William Hodgson-Walker
William is going into his final year at Queen’s majoring in Geography and Geographic Information Science. He has been sailing for eleven years and is currently a member of the Queen’s Sailing Team. He has taught sailing on Lake Champlain in Vermont and on the Hudson River in New York for the past four years. When William is not out on the water, you can find him on the slopes. His goals over the course of this summer are teaching as many people the sport of sailing and exploring the city of Kingston from the water!

$750 (non-members)
$500 (members)
(for 18-20 hours of instruction, Start Keelboat Sailing qualification, and a one month KYC temporary membership)

There will be a maximum of 3 sailors to be enrolled in each session to ensure a good sailor to coach ratio (a minimum of 2 students is needed for the course to be confirmed). This enables quick sailor learning and progression through meaningful coach feedback.

Schedule of courses
Adult courses are offered in two formats:

  • Weekday evenings (six evenings, with one back up evening scheduled on the Wednesday after the last session in case of poor weather) from 5:30pm to 8:30pm 
  • Weekend (4 days, with one back up weekend day scheduled on the Saturday after the last session in case of poor weather) from 10am to 5pm (with 1 hour for lunch). 

Weekday evenings sessions
Monday / Wednesday evenings: OR Tuesday / Thursday evenings:

Start Finish Code Status Add to Cart
Mondays and Wednesdays - 5:30PM - 8:30PMJune 10 June 26 ASN2 Completed
Tuesdays and Thursdays - 5:30PM - 8:30PMJune 11 June 27 ASN5 Completed
Tuesdays and Thursdays - 5:30PM - 8:30PMJuly 2 July 18 ASN6 Completed
Mondays and Wednesdays - 5:30PM - 8:30PMJuly 8 July 24 ASN3 Completed
Tuesdays and Thursdays - 5:30PM - 8:30PMAugust 6 August 22 ASN7 Completed
Mondays and Wednesdays - 5:30PM - 8:30PMAugust 12 August 28 ASN4 Completed

Weekend sessions (Saturday / Sunday)
If these dates don’t work for you, please contact Fraser Smith via:
Sign up is on a first in, first served basis. Payment must be received in full to complete the registration for your session. 

Start Finish Code Status Add to Cart
Saturdays and Sundays - 10:00AM - 5:000PMJune 8 June 16 ASW1 Completed
Saturdays and Sundays - 10:00AM - 5:000PMJuly 6 July 14 ASW2 Completed
Saturdays and Sundays - 10:00AM - 5:000PMJuly 20 July 28 ASW3 Completed
Saturdays and Sundays - 10:00AM - 5:000PMAugust 10 August 18 ASW4 Completed
Saturdays and Sundays - 10:00AM - 5:000PMAugust 24 September 1 ASW5 Completed
Saturdays and Sundays - 10:00AM - 5:000PMSeptember 7 September 15 ASW6 Completed

Please bring the following

  • Personal Flotation Device / Life-jacket
  • Non marking shoes that are able to get wet
  • Sunglasses
  • Hat
  • Sunscreen (primarily for weekend sailing)
  • Water / snacks
  • Notepad + pen
  • Sailing jacket / rain jacket

Other important info

  • All sailors receive a one month tempopary membership to KYC so that they can enjoy the fine dining expirence that KYC has to offer. 
  • Students are encouraged to please obtain the Pleasure Craft Operator Card. This is a Transport Canada requirement to be on the helm of a pleasure craft which has a motor. Courses are available on line or in a classroom

Members may be invited to crew on club members’ boats, participate in races and have clubhouse privileges to enjoy our fine dining and social events. Single or Family members who qualify to become a skipper of our Community Club keelboats are able to take out a boat on their own. Please click here for more info on the Community Club

Several of our members volunteer to offer a Mentoring Program on our Community Club boats for members who wish to further develop their sailing skills.

If you have any questions, feel free to email ( or give Sailing Manager Fraser Smith a call (613-548-3052). 

Terms and Conditions & Participant Disclaimer

All registrations are subject to our Terms and Conditions which you will agree to during the checkout process.

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