Adult Learn to Sail 2018

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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 Coachs
Sean Magee-Saxton

Sean grew up sailing, and raced 420s, FJs, and keelboats for Queen’s University. He was a two-time MVP on the Queen’s Sailing team, and was the President of the Queen’s Recreational Sailing program at KYC. He has five years of coaching experience, and was head instructor at Frenchman’s Bay Yacht Club. He is also currently pursuing a B.Ed. at Queen’s University.
William Hodgson-Walker
William is going into his fourth 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)
$550 (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
Tuesdays and Thursdays - 5:30PM - 8:30PMJuly 10 July 26 ASN5 Completed
Mondays and Wednesdays - 5:30PM - 8:30PMJuly 16 August 1 ASN2 Completed
Tuesdays and Thursdays - 5:30PM - 8:30PMAugust 7 August 23 ASN6 Completed
Mondays and Wednesdays - 5:30PM - 8:30PMAugust 13 August 29 ASN3 Completed
Tuesdays and Thursdays - 5:30PM - 8:30PMSeptember 4 September 20 ASN7 In Progress
Mondays and Wednesdays - 5:30PM - 8:30PMSeptember 10 September 26 ASN4 Full

Weekend sessions (Saturday / Sunday)
If these dates don’t work for you, please contact Arcchit 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 - 5:000PMJuly 7 July 15 ASW1 Completed
Saturdays and Sundays - 10:00AM - 5:000PMJuly 21 July 29 ASW2 Completed
Saturdays and Sundays - 10:00AM - 5:000PMAugust 11 August 19 ASW3 Completed
Saturdays and Sundays - 10:00AM - 5:000PMSeptember 8 September 16 ASW4 Completed
Saturdays and Sundays - 10:00AM - 5:000PMSeptember 22 September 30 ASW5 Full

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 Arcchit Sehgal a call (613-548-3052 ext 222). 

Terms and Conditions & Participant Disclaimer

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

Please review our Terms and Conditions.

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