Learn to Sail at SOSA this summer!

Learn to Sail at SOSA is now going ahead - but we have had to change a few things this year. Wetfoot and Junior Sailors will be combined, and we will do our best to offer the students a fun and safe boating experience.

Coaches will teach and enforce cleanliness and social distancing. Coaches and students will not be permitted on site if they feel ill or look ill. We are following all recommendations issued by the Provincial Health Organization, BC Sailing, and Sport BC.

Participants and their families will be required to self evaluate every day before coming to classes. Please help us to be safe, and protect yourself, your family and your neighbours by following all guidelines.

In case of an outbreak, or any further changes - classes will be subject to cancellation. Any classes cancelled will be issued a full refund.

Please email or call 250.328.5613 if you have any questions.

Classes are offered for all ages and all levels of sailing. Learn to sail in our fleet of Bugs, Picos,Lasers and 420's.

What to bring to sailing classes:

Please bring your own PFD or life jacket, appropriate clothing and footwear, snack, water bottle, hat and sunscreen. Appropriate clothing means beach shorts, sun tops, hat, footwear that does not come off in the water - crocs, water shoes, canvas sneakers. Bring a towel, a change of clothes if you get wet, a sweater and tights if you get cold, raingear if it is raining, Tech fabrics are better (polyester, lycra etc) Cotton gets wet and stays wet which can make you cold. You don't need to spend a fortune, just sensible water and weather appropriate clothing.

Learn to Sail Registration now online.

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Wetfoot is for the young sailor who has just started out. Children will be sharing the Bugs, the smallest class of sailboat, and accompanied on the water by the coaches for a safe, fun introduction to sailing. If the wind is up - coaches will take the children in small groups on the bigger boats. By the end of the week, the children have learnt the basics of steering and sail handling, and want to come back for more!

Junior Sailing is perfect for the child who has done Wetfoot once or twice, is feeling confident about being on the water, but still needs close supervision to feel totally comfortable sailing. They can sail alone or in a boat with other kids, and try out some other boats. They can learn to capsize in a closely monitored group, and usually end up capsizing just for fun! This is also a suitable class for an older child who does not feel quite ready for the CanSail tests. Junior Sailors is all about sailing and having fun.

CanSail 1 is the introductory Sailing course. If a child has had 2-3 years of Wetfoot and Junior Sailors and are a confident sailor, they can do Cansail 1 at 10 years old. Otherwise, students can do Cansail 1 at 12-Adult. Learn to steer, handle sails, capsize, get to know all the parts of a boat - all under the watchful eye of our certified coaches.

** All CanSail Weekly Courses run Monday - Friday. We sail on long weekends, so plan to be there 5 days.

** Adult CanSail 1 Classes run every Tuesday evening - you should be there on the first day, and you must do a minimum of 4 days to achieve Level 1 certification.

CanSail 2 is the continuation of the training - learn more advanced skills and boat handling. Work towards getting the Cansail 2 Level - you may have to take this course more than once to achieve all the skills, but you will learn more every time you sail, and will become more confident with more time on the water. A full week of sailing will teach you the skills to sail more confidently on your own!

NEW THIS YEAR - Adult CanSail 2 - Wednesday evenings - further your sailing skills, boat handling and confidence, and learn basic racing skills. This will include 1 weekend of sailing as well - July 24-25 from 9-4. * Prerequisite: Recent CanSail 1.

CanSail 3/4 is an advanced course for the keen sailor. Learn race skills, trapeze, wind and weather skills, and of course - LOTS more sailing! Generally you work on your Cansail 3 in first, then repeat the course the following season to achieve Cansail 4.

NEW THIS YEAR - JUNIOR RACE TEAM CANCELLED - Possible weekend race clinic dates - stay tuned!
Learn to race and practice with other kids who just want to sail more! Starts in June and continues through the summer on Monday nights, with some extra days of racing on Thursdays or weekends. Due to Covid, no regattas are planned yet, but we can keep practicing until we can finally have a regatta! * Prerequisite: CanSail 2 or Coach approval.

Course schedule, application and payments can be found in the right column.