Junior Sailing 2019

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11 & up

All of our LEARN programs include on and off the water activities that make for a great summer. Swimming, games in City Park, trips throughout Kingston Harbour, BBQ lunches, and a trip to White Mountain for ice cream are all summer favourites. Morning icebreaker games and team building games get campers making friends right away.

We have six programs in the LEARN series:

  • Intro to Double-Handed Sailing (CANSail 1)
  • Adventure Sailing (CANSail 1)
  • Basic Double-Handed Sailing (CANSail 2)
  • Intermediate Double-Handed Sailing (CANSail 3)
  • Advanced Double-Handed Sailing(CANSail 4)
  • Learn to Race (CANSail 5)

CANSail programming means lots of time on the water in a safe, fun and active learning environment, with relatively less time spent in a classroom. Sailors learn the skills and enter into fun and challenging experiences suited to their age and stage of development. The programming is designed to get - and keep - sailors excited about sailing for life! Six CANSail levels of standard promotes teaching and progressive training of core dinghy (small boat) sailing skills.

Why CANSail?

CANSail  is a national program standardized by Sail Canada. The program is designed to be a set of progressive learn to sail standards focused on providing sailors with a solid foundation of core skills. It allows sailors to learn and progress in any type of boat and consolidates key skills and solid experiences before adding complex skills.

LEARN Programs

Intro to Double-Handed Sailing (CANSail 1)

Sailing is a sport that can be started at any time, with programs suited to both level and age. Learn to Sail focuses on getting campers on-water as much as possible. Starting small with multiple campers in each boat and a 1:6 camper to coach ratio, confidence on the water will develop quickly. Using fun, interactive games and 1-on-1 coaching, sailors learn how to handle a sailboat with a partner or small group of three.  


Length of Program:  2 weeks
Time:  9am - 4pm
Cost:$   825.00 ( $   690.00 for KYC Family Members)
Boat: 420
Level: CANSail 1
Requirements:  Applicants must be at least 11 years old. No sailing experience required. If the sailor is in highschool already, they may want to consider the SHARK LTS program below.
Notes: Sailors are likely to take part in the Intro Program for two or more sessions before moving into the Basic Program. Sailors will be working on their level checklist but there is no guarantee that they will achieve their level this year but they will gain experience and enjoy hours on the water.

2019 Sessions
Start Finish Code Status Add to Cart
Not run Canada Day July 1July 1, 2019 July 12, 2019 INTRO1 Spaces Available
July 15, 2019 July 26, 2019 INTRO2 Spaces Available
Not run Civic Holiday Aug 6July 29, 2019 August 9, 2019 INTRO3 Spaces Available
August 12, 2019 August 23, 2019 INTRO4 Spaces Available

Adventure Sailing

Adventure Sailing classes are Monday-Friday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. This course is designed to provide fun, safe exposure to a sailing, without the emphasis on racing. This class is ideal for a range of sailors aged 11-17 with limited to intermediate sailing experience who enjoy on-the-water fun without competitive racing or CANSail levels. The focus of the class will be to prepare sailors for a lifetime of sailing and seamanship on Lake Ontario. The week will begin with basic safety information and sailing introduction. Tuesday through Friday sailors can expect to learn basic seamanship and sailboat trips to local points of interest around Kingston. Some of the trips may include sailing to a Cedar Island, Wolfe Island and White Mountain Ice-cream

Length of Program: 1 week
Time: Monday-Friday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Cost: $   445.00 ( $   375.00 for KYC Family Members)
Boat:Sharks, Kayaks, Stand Up Paddle Boards
Requirements: No sailing experience required, but applicants should be able to swim and be comfortable around the water
Notes: The adventure sailing course doesn't focus on the CANSail levels and therefore CANSail levels won't be assessed at all. The emphasis for the adventure sailing course is to introduce sailors to sailing while helping to ensure that they develop a life-long passion for sailing

2019 Sessions
Start Finish Code Status Add to Cart
Not run Canada Day July 1July 1, 2019 July 5, 2019 ADVEN1 Spaces Available
July 8, 2019 July 12, 2019 ADVEN2 Spaces Available
July 15, 2019 July 19, 2019 ADVEN3 Spaces Available
July 22, 2019 July 26, 2019 ADVEN4 Spaces Available
July 29, 2019 August 2, 2019 ADVEN5 Spaces Available
Not run Civic Holiday Aug 6August 5, 2019 August 9, 2019 ADVEN6 Spaces Available
August 12, 2019 August 16, 2019 ADVEN7 Spaces Available
August 19, 2019 August 23, 2019 ADVEN8 Spaces Available

Basic Double-Handed Sailing (CANSail 2)

Ready to drive the boat? How about figure out how to go faster? This session, sailors will work on using the wind direction to their advantage and trimming the sails to get their destination faster; all while still swimming, playing games and spending time around the harbour.

Length of Program: 2 weeks
Time: 9am - 4pm
Cost: $   825.00 ( $   690.00 for KYC Family Members)
Boat: 420)
Level: CANSail 2
Requirements:  Successful completion of the intro program including CANSail 1 achievement.
Notes: Sailors are likely to take part in the Basic Program for two or more sessions before moving into the Basic Program. Sailors will be working on their level checklist but there is no guarantee that they will achieve their level this year but they will gain experience and enjoy hours on the water.

2019 Sessions
Start Finish Code Status Add to Cart
Not run Canada Day July 1July 1, 2019 July 12, 2019 BASIC1 Spaces Available
July 15, 2019 July 26, 2019 BASIC2 Spaces Available
Not run Civic Holiday Aug 6July 29, 2019 August 9, 2019 BASIC3 Spaces Available
August 12, 2019 August 23, 2019 BASIC4 Spaces Available

Intermediate Double-Handed Sailing (CANSail 3)

Sailors in the Intermediate program  build on existing skills in all types of conditions and to a higher level of proficiency. The boats used at KYC are double handed so teamwork plays a large part during this month long session. Sailors are introduced to concepts such as right of way, reading wind and waves, proper use of sail controls and tactical mark roundings. 

Length of Program: 4 weeks
Boat:  420
Level: CANSail 3
Requirements:  Successful completion of the Basic program including CANSail 2 achievement.
Notes:  Part A (the first two weeks of the month) and Part B (the last two weeks of the month) of Intermediate are offered in sequence, however every session is different and curriculum is often delivered in different orders. Most sailors may need to take multiple "Part A" sections and multiple "Part B" sections before being ready to achieve CANSail 3 or being ready to progress to Advanced.  Sailors will be working on their level checklist but there is no guarantee that they will achieve their level this year but they will gain experience and enjoy hours on the water. Participation in club regattas is strongly encouraged.

Cost:$ 1,650.00 ($ 1,380.00 for KYC Family Members)

Start Finish Code Status Add to Cart
Not run Canada Day July 1July 1, 2019 July 26, 2019 INTER1 Spaces Available
Does not run Civic Holiday Monday Aug 6thJuly 29, 2019 August 23, 2019 INTER2 Spaces Available

Part A

Cost:$   825.00 ($   690.00 for KYC Family Members)

Start Finish Code Status Add to Cart
Not run Canada Day July 1July 1, 2019 July 12, 2019 INTERA1 Limited Spaces Remaining
Does not run Civic Holiday Monday Aug 6thJuly 29, 2019 August 9, 2019 INTERA2 Limited Spaces Remaining

Part B

Cost:$   825.00 ($   690.00 for KYC Family Members)

Start Finish Code Status Add to Cart
July 15, 2019 July 26, 2019 INTERB1 Limited Spaces Remaining
August 12, 2019 August 23, 2019 INTERB2 Limited Spaces Remaining

Advanced Double-Handed Sailing(CANSail 4)

Advanced sailors are introduced to skills like spinnaker and trapeze, beginning to work towards their Chutes and Wires certification. This program emphasizes high-performance sailing and basic racing as it lays the foundation for the Racing Team. Due to the more advanced nature of this program, a four-week commitment is required. Sailors learn and practice these skills in varying wind conditions. Participation in club regattas is expected.

Length of Program:  4 weeks
Time: 9am-4pm
Cost: $ 1,650.00 ( $ 1,380.00 for KYC Family Members)
Boat: 420
Level: CANSail 4
Requirements: Successful completion of the Intermediate program including CANSail 3 achievement.
Notes:  Sailors are likely to take part in the Advanced Program for two or more sessions before moving into the Race or Instructors Program. Sailors will be working on their level checklist but there is no guarantee that they will achieve their level this year but they will gain experience and enjoy hours on the water.

2019 Sessions
Start Finish Code Status Add to Cart
Not run Canada Day July 1July 1, 2019 July 26, 2019 ADV1 Spaces Available
Not run Civic Holiday Aug 6July 29, 2019 August 23, 2019 ADV2 Spaces Available

Learn to Race - Double Handed

Learn to Race sailors work on skills related to high-performance sailing and basic racing in preparation to join the Race Team. Due to the more advanced nature of this program, a four-week commitment is required. Sailors learn and practice these skills in varying wind conditions. Participation in club regattas is expected.

Length of Program:  4 weeks
Time:  9am-4pm
Cost: $ 1,975.00 ( $ 1,710.00 for KYC Family Members)
Boat: 420
Level: CANSail 5
Requirements:  Successful completion of the Advanced program including CANSail 4 achievement.
Notes:  Sailors are likely to take part in the LTR Program for two or more sessions before joining the Race Team or moving into an Instructor's program. Sailors will be working on their level checklist but there is no guarantee that they will achieve their level this year but they will gain experience and enjoy hours on the water.

2019 Sessions
Start Finish Code Status Add to Cart
July 1, 2019 July 26, 2019 LTR1 Registration opens Jan 30
July 29, 2019 August 23, 2019 LTR2 Registration opens Jan 30

Learn to Race - Single Handed

Learn to Race sailors work on skills related to high-performance sailing and basic racing in preparation to join the Race Team. Due to the more advanced nature of this program, a four-week commitment is required. Sailors learn and practice these skills in varying wind conditions. Participation in club regattas is expected.

Length of Program:  4 weeks
Time:  9am-4pm
Cost: $ 1,775.00 ( $ 1,500.00 for KYC Family Members)
Boat: bring your own Laser Radial
Level: CANSail 5
Requirements:  Successful completion of the Advanced program including CANSail 4 achievement.
Notes:  Sailors are likely to take part in the LTR Program for two or more sessions before joining the Race Team or moving into an Instructor's program. Sailors will be working on their level checklist but there is no guarantee that they will achieve their level this year but they will gain experience and enjoy hours on the water.

2019 Sessions
Start Finish Code Status Add to Cart
July 1, 2019 July 26, 2019 LTRS1 Registration opens Jan 30
July 29, 2019 August 23, 2019 LTRS2 Registration opens Jan 30