Youth Programs Frequently Asked Questions

The Basics

How long is each session?

  • Each session is two weeks long, Monday to Friday, 9am-4pm. There will be staff present 8:30 am to 4:30 pm but we don’t have a formal “before camp” morning program.

When do session’s start and end (2019)?

  • Wet Feet Week One- July 1-July 5

  • Wet Feet Week Two- July 8-12

  • Wet Feet Week Three- July 15-19

  • Wet Feet Week Four- July 22-July 26

  • Wet Feet Week Five- July 29-August 2

  • Wet Feet Week Six- August 5th-August 9th

  • Wet Feet Week Seven- August 12th- August 16th

  • Wet Feet Week Eight- August 19th- August 23rd

  • Session one (Can Sail 1-2, Can Sail 3-4, Can Sail 5-6)  July 1-July 12

  • Session Two (Can Sail 1-2, Can Sail 3-4, Can Sail 5-6) July 15th - July 26

  • Session Three (Can Sail 1-2, Can Sail 3-4, Can Sail 5-6) July 29th -August 9th

  • Session Four (Can Sail 1-2, Can Sail 3-4, Can Sail 5-6) August 12th- August 23rd

How much does each level cost per session?

  • Wet Feet $250 per one week session

  • Can Sail 1-2 $500 per two week session

  • Can Sail 3-4 $550 per two week session

  • Can Sail 5-6 $550 per two week session (regatta fees not included)

  • Adult Sailing Program $400 - July 15 to August 16 4:30 pm to 7:30 pm

How many sessions are there in the season?

  • There are four two-week sessions over the season. 2 in July, 2 in August.

What is the age for sailing school?

  • Minimum age for sailing school is 7 years old as of December 31st. We have students up to 17 years old.

Can you join sailing school if you have no experience?

  • No sailing experience is required for the sailing program, however, a comfort around the water and maturity is encouraged.

What types of boats do you sail?

  • Our beginner levels sail Club 420s. They are a 4.2m sailboat with two sails (with a spinnaker option) and fit 3-4 sailors.

  • Our “Wet Feet” program use Optimist sailing dinghies.

What is a typical day like?

  • Each day starts at 9am beginning with games and a classroom lesson. Boats are rigged and the students are briefed for their on-water activities. Sailors are usually on the water by 10:15am until 11:45am. Lunch is held between 12-1pm and often involves a supervised trip to the park for a swim. Sailing school resumes at 1pm with a classroom lesson. Students are again on water from 1:45-3:30. The day ends at 4pm, once all equipment is put away.

What should my child bring to sail in/sail with?

  • Lifejacket, closed toed shoes, bathing suit, hat, sunscreen, towel, change of clothes, appropriate clothing for the weather (rain jacket and rain pants, sweatshirt), lunch, lock... avoid valuables please!

What type of lifejacket should I purchase for my child?

  • A lifejacket should fit the child according to weight and chest measurements. It should be in good condition (no mold, tares, broken buckles or zippers), and should be a bright colour. It should be a lifejacket your child wants to wear as they will be in it for several hours every day.

Where will my child store their gear?

  • We have individual lockers for the students to use. Please bring a lock for the locker as the Club is not responsible for loss of stolen items.

How long are they on water?

  • Typical water times vary depending on the child’s level. A normal day on water includes ~1.5 hours in the morning, and ~2+ in the afternoon (between 3-4 hours per day).

What are the levels?

  • Wet Feet Program:  a fun introduction to sailing for young sailors aged 6 to 9.  Sailors learn parts of the boat, balance, safety, how to work the tiller and begin to sail in a more controlled environment in front of our club. This has become a very popular addition to our programming at the Brockville Yacht Club Sailing School. Our Wet Feet instructors have specific training working with our younger athletes.

  • CanSail 1, 2 Basic sailing skills. Students learn water safety, the parts of the boat, how to rig and de-rig a boat, sailing terminology, basic crewing skills, basic helming skills, wind and weather patterns, local hazards, and capsize recovery.

  • CanSail 3 and 4 Advanced sailing skills. Students will learn advanced helming skills, will sail in conditions up to 14 knots, advanced wind and weather patterns, trapeze, the physics behind sailing (CE/CLR, slot, draft, sail controls), rudderless sailing, backwards sailing, and will incorporate a third sail (spinnaker).

  • CanSail 5 and 6 Students in the program will learn different types of race courses, starting signals, race tactics, and will practice racing and advanced boat handling in conditions up to 18 knots. Students in this program compete in out of town regattas and have the option of racing their own personal boat.

Are levels assigned based on skill or age?

  • Skill- Students must demonstrate a series of skills consistently and comfortably according to Sail Canada Standards to achieve a level. If you have no experience, you will enter in the CanSail 1 level.

How many sessions is my child required to do in order to get a level?

  • Even if a student has completed the level, they always have the option to return to the program. Students who do not feel comfortable moving up (to the CanSail 3, 4 or CanSail 5, 6 Programs) can remain in their current level and will learn new skills.

  • It is important to note that levels are not given out for session completion but skill completion. CanSail levels are awarded when a student shows all the skills for that level

What will my child be learning?

  • Your child will be learn the CanSail curriculum for the specific level as well as important life skills like communication, leadership, teamwork, and water safety. Please refer to the FAQ regarding CanSail levels for the breakdown of the curriculum.

What’s with the tests?

  • Written tests are given every session to determine the sailor’s knowledge and see how much they have learned. The tests are based on the CanSail Curriculum taught throughout the session. The CanSail handbooks are a great learning tool to supplement our daily lessons. Student’s knowledge is tested in a variety of ways throughout the session; the written test is only one component.

Is lunch provided?

  • No. Students are expected to bring their own lunch or a note to leave the property to buy a lunch. A lunch service is available from the BYC Bar of sandwiches and salads at an additional cost. Orders must be placed by 10am on the day of.

What happens on BBQ Days?

  • If the student wants to participate in BBQ Day, please bring $5. For $5, the student can choose from hotdog or hamburger and a number of different drinks at lunch. BBQ day happens once per 2 week session on the first Wednesday.

What if my child has allergies?

  • Please make the instructors aware of the specific allergy, any first aid which should be administered, and provide an epipen for the instructors to carry if it may be necessary.

What happens on rainy days?

  • We will sail even on rainy days, so please provide your child with appropriate weather gear (waterproof jacket, change of clothes, sweat shirt). However, if there is lightning, we will not sail. In the event of inclement weather such as a thunderstorm, we will arrange indoor activities for the students.

My child is not a strong swimmer, should I be concerned?

  • Lifejackets are worn at all times when the students are in the sail or powerboats; therefore, the student should feel comfortable swimming in a lifejacket. For swimming activities at the park and the club, lifejackets are not necessary. Please speak to an instructor if you have concerns over a student’s swimming ability.

What is the awards banquet?

  • Occurs the last Friday of the last session. It is a semi-formal affair where the accomplishments of the students are recognized. Students are given certificates for levels they have achieved, and trophies are awarded for outstanding performances. There is a dance to follow after the awards which is always a blast! Attendance is encouraged!

Will my child make friends?

  • Yes! Sailing School is a great way to meet friends and we provide a positive and welcoming environment.

Who teaches the programs?

  • Our sailing school is taught by a group of Sail Canada Certified Sailing Instructors. They have been specifically trained to coach land lessons, water sessions, and handle emergency situations. All of our instructors are trained in first aid and boat rescue and have a number of years of experience within our program and in a variety of sailing settings. They have a wealth of knowledge to share with the students.

Where can I sign up?

  • Online Forms are available on our website (click here). Forms can also be picked up at the BYC Main Office and in the Sailing School Office after June 1st.

When should I register?

  • As early as possible as spaces do fill up quickly. To ensure your best selection of session, please return form and payment by June 1st.

CanSail 5 and 6/Race Team Questions

Do you need to have your own boat for silver?

  • No, you need not have your own boat for silver. Students can use our club 420s for the silver program, however there are a limited number of spots available for this purpose. If single-handed sailing is desired, providing your own boat is required.

Are regattas included in the Silver Fee?

  • No. At this time, the expenses for out of town regatta are extra to the registration fee.

What type of parental involvement is expected in the Silver Program?

  • Because our racers travel outside of Brockville for regattas, parents are needed to drive students and sailboats to regattas.

Must you attend regattas in the Silver Program?

  • In order to meet the requirements of the Silver 6 program as set out by the CYA, the student must complete a minimum of fifteen individual races in a regatta setting. One regatta usually holds 5-6 races.

What types of boats are recommended for Silver?

  • If you are considering purchasing a boat for your silver sailor, common boats raced at regattas include Lasers, Laser Radials, Bytes, Byte C2, 420s, 29ers, Optimists. The boat should fit the racer. Please consult your instructor for more information.

Adult Sailing Questions

How long is each session?

  • Adult sailing is a 5 week program starting mid July. The program runs Monday and Wednesday evenings from 4:30-7:30pm

Can you join sailing school if you have no experience?

  • No sailing experience is required for the sailing program; however, a comfort around the water is encouraged.

What is a typical day like?

  • Each evening starts at 6pm, boats are rigged and the students are briefed for their on-water activities. Sailors are usually on the water by 5pm until 7:00pm. Some evening will be dedicated to classroom learning and some will be split between classroom and on water. Students are responsible for proper boat care at the end of each evening.

How long are they on water?

  • Typical on water times will vary depending the lesson plan for the evening. On water time is stressed along with a balance of sailing theory.