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Adult Learn to Sail

There are two adult programs in Adult Learn to Sail:  Dinghy Sailing and Yacht Sailing as described below. These programs are designed primarily for adults with no prior sailing experience.

You will learn the basics of how to sail and experience first-hand the pleasures of sailing.

Dinghy Sailing (Cancelled for 2020)

In this program, participants will learn how to sail single-handed dinghies - Lasers, and/or two-handed dinghies (Club 420, Feva, or Quest) depending on comfort level and choice!

This program, which runs from June 29 through August 21, is designed for Adults 17+.  Fees for the program entitle the participants to eight, three-hour lessons over the course of 8 weeks.  The program will run Monday and Wednesday evenings.  Friday evenings will be scheduled, if needed by participants.  During the first week, participants will be required to attend a mandatory lesson on either Wednesday, July 1 or Friday, July 3.   This lesson will cover what to wear, safety, theory and rigging.  Please advise us in advance if you do not have your own Transport Canada approved Personal Flotation Device (lifejacket).

Due to the nature of dinghy sailing, participants should be in good physical condition. 

Participants will enjoy complimentary Yacht Club privileges until the end of August and Learn-to-sail registration fees may be credited towards membership.  Participants are eligible to join the Yacht Club until the end of December for an additional $75 (plus HST) - Eligible participants are required to complete an application form available at BQYC.ca.  For more information on membership, Click here.

To register please click here

Yacht Sailing (Cancelled for 2020)

This program is open to adults and their family.  The program is held on Monday evenings at 6:00pm from the end of April through to the end of June.

Starts Monday April 27, 2020 at 6pm and continues each Monday evening for 10 weeks.Two evenings of in-class instruction are followed by up to eight evenings on the water.

Participants will sail with experienced club skippers on a variety of 24’ to 35’ sailboats.  Participants may also have the option to choose an introduction to dinghy sailing on a 14’ single-person dinghy.

Each sailing session is followed by a social time and light dinner with the skippers and Club members.

Participants will enjoy complimentary Yacht Club privileges until the end of July and Learn-to-sail registration fees may be credited towards membership.  Participants are eligible to join the Yacht Club until the end of December for an additional $75 (plus HST) - Eligible participants are required to complete an application form available at BQYC.ca.  For more information on membership, Click here.

To Register, Click Here.

What to Bring

  • A good hat (that will stay on!) and quality sunscreen.
  • Sunglasses, if they are secured with a strap.
  • A comfortable, approved, PFD (ABSOLUTELY MANDATORY!)
  • Old running shoes for sailing.  Going barefoot in a boat is very dangerous!
  • Layered clothing, and extra clothing/shoes to change into after a wet sail.
  • Wind proof jacket and pants if it's a cool day.

It's also nice to have:

  • Sailing shoes or boots
  • Sailing gloves (bicycling gloves also work well and are less expensive)