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Due to the ongoing pandemic the club has decided to cancel all classes for this year. We are heartbroken to have to do this, but we hope to see a fresh new batch of sailors in 2021. Stay safe everyone, and don't give up on your sailing dreams!

The aim of the Sailing School is to introduce new adult sailors to the fundamentals of sailing; to help them learn to sail safely and especially to have fun.

The club uses the Canadian Yachting Association's CANSail dinghy program to bring students to the CANSail 2 competency.
We have also introduced the CANSail 3 and 4 levels to our curriculum which is a continuation of the CANSail program.

Successful graduates will be offered a trial membership in the club which enables them to continue using the sailing school dinghies to enhance their skills.

Our courses are geared to adults, but if you have a teenage family member (16 yrs. or older) who wishes to take the course with you, contact the Sailing School Director.

The fact that some of our students are seniors proves that it's never too late to learn, especially when it comes to sailing. You will almost certainly make new friends and sailing buddies.

Want to connect with your classmates while you take the course, or reconnect with the people you took it with a few years ago? We have a sailing school group on facebook here:

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CANSail 1 & 2

This course covers the material in both CANSail 1 and 2 levels; depending on the student, one or both levels may be acheived during this course. Students who achieve CANSail 1 are encouraged to take the course again to attain the next level as soon as possible so that they do not forget the skills they've just learned!

CANSail 1 – Introduction to sailing.
CANSail 1 teaches sailors the fundamental sailing skills including basic sheeting, steering, and boat handling on all points of sail. Sailors can sail within defined boundaries set by an instructor.

CANSail 2 – Basic sailing.
CANSail 2 teaches sailors to adjust their bodies and boats for changes in direction and wind speed while sailing, and to perform boat-handling manoeuvers in a controlled manner while in a controlled setting.

The price of the course is $395.50 plus HST, for a total of $446.92. The course fee includes the cost of the Basic Sailing Skills book.

CANSail 3

Intermediate sailing.
CANSail 3 teaches sailors to integrate the fundamental boat handling manoeuvers and balance with basic tactics and strategy as well as applied sail trim. Sailors are exposed to a greater variety of conditions and participate in a club race or club training camp.

The price of the course is $495.00 plus HST, for a total of $559.35.

Register for CANSail 1,2, or 3 Courses!Two School Students of SBSC

CANSail 4

Advanced sailing.
CANSail 4 teaches sailors to perform advanced boat handling manoeuvers in a variety of conditions. Sailors can successfully execute manoeuvers in competitive settings and for tactical and strategic purposes. Sailors participate in a one to two-day local regatta.

This course will be taught on demand, so please email us to be put on the waitlist.

The price of the course is $495.00 plus HST, for a total of $559.35.
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Our courses are taught by certified CYA CANSail instructors.

To achieve the CANSail levels certificate you will be graded by the instructor on your ability to put into practice the theory and practical lessons of the course.

There are no written exams.

To register, click on the "Click Here to Register" button which will take you to our Checklick payment site. You may choose to pay by credit card online or by cheque/e-transfer at the beginning of the course.

If you have any questions or require help signing up, contact our Sailing School Director at

To print the 2020 sign up form for CANSail 1 & 2, or 3 download it from here:

SBSC 2020 Sailing School Registration Form

fill it out and email it to and mail payment to the club address.

Please Note: SBSC accepts payment by cheque or draft. We also accept Credit cards ad e-transfers but not Debit cards.



CANSail 1 and 2

The 2020 Learn to Sail courses run for 6 weeks, twice a week, from 6:00PM to 9:00PM.

2020 Dates:

Session A: CANSail 1 & 2 CANCELLED
Mondays & Wednesdays
May 25 - July 2, 2020

Session B: CANSail 1 & 2 CANCELLED
Tuesdays & Thursdays
May 26 - July 2, 2020

Session C: CANSail 1 & 2 CANCELLED
Mondays & Wednesdays
July 6 - August 13, 2020

CANSail 3

The CANSail 3 course will run for 6 weeks, twice a week, from 6:00PM to 9:00PM

Tuesdays & Thursdays
July 7- August 13, 2020

Please contact us to be put on the waiting list for this course!
Do you want to take your sailing to the next level? The CANSail 3 level teaches you to sail FAST.

Incorporating techniques such as rolling for optimal speed during tacks and gybes, tacking or gybing at 1 minute intervals, tactical racing maneuvers, sailing by the lee and backwards sailing, CANSail 3 is a challenge!

Sailors taking the CANSail 3 level should already be comfortable rigging and sailing a dinghy; ideally you should have sailed for at least a season and taken part in some club races.

There is a maximum number of students per class so please register early.  


We will be hosting two Open Houses where you can meet with the Instructor and go for an optional sail with one of our club members in a School boat. We accept credit cards for school registrations, bank drafts or cheques.

Our 2019 Open Houses were a great success! Many thanks to all who participated, and we hope to see you around the club or back next year!


A CYA Certified Instructor leads each class. You will learn to sail up to the level of CANSail 2, giving you competency to sail in winds up to 10 knots.


  We have an in-house classroom and a number of CL-14 sailboats that you will use, right from your first day.
Fun and learning, all in one!


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You should come on the first day with an approved Personal Flotation Device (PFD), usually referred to as a lifejacket. Canadian Tire carries a number that are CCG (Canadian Coast Guard) approved. We will advise you what to buy if you are not sure
To make sure your PFD fits you properly, pull up on the vest from the top of the shoulders as if you are being pulled out of the water. The vest should not slip over your head!
Clothing should include shorts or pants that are wind and water repellent, a hat and a windbreaker or a waterproof jacket.

If you have one, a wetsuit is a good idea, and footwear that will not kick off in the water and that have non-marking soles. The best are neoprene water shoes.

Dress according to the weather - you can always take layers off if you are too warm but you'll be surprised at how much cooler it is on the water than on land, especially early in the season.

Also bring a change of clothing for after sailing in case you get wet.

Frequently Asked Questions

1. What will I learn in the CANSail program?
  The course will provide all required on-land and on-water instruction and practice necessary to enable you to rig, launch, sail, and land a dinghy. You will also learn about safety, seamanship, sailing terminology and how to right an overturned sailboat.
2. What if I have no prior sailing experience?
  We offer the CANSail program for adults of any age interested in learning how to sail and how to confidently handle a sailboat. No prior sailing experience is required, just the desire to learn and to have fun!
3. In what kind of boat will I learn to sail?
  The club owns a number of CL14 sailboats. These boats are 14 feet in length and are easy to rig. They are forgiving boats, normally sailed by two people; the skipper steers the boat and operates the main sail, and the crew operates the jib (front sail), provides balance, and acts as a lookout for the skipper. Students will learn and practice being both skipper and crew.
4. Will I receive a certificate upon completion of the course?
  Successful completion of the program will earn you either CANSail 2 (previous White Sail III) or CANSail 1 (Previously White Sail Level 1 or 2) certificate.

CANSail 2 indicates a level of sailing skill to competently rig, launch, sail and land a small dinghy, without supervision, in wind speeds of approximately 10 knots.

CANSail 1 represents a basic level, primarily covering rigging, terminology, safety, launching a sailboat and other introductory information. CANSail 1 grads will still need more practice before going out as skippers without supervision, and are encouraged to re-take the course to gain more skill in the boats.

5. How much time is spent on the water?
  Approximately one-quarter of the lesson time is spent in class, and three-quarters of the time is spent on the water (weather permitting).
6. How will I be tested?
  There are no test days; you will be evaluated over the entire course as you progress. You will be required to right a capsized (overturned) boat in the water. (Don't worry, the instructor and helpers will be nearby and you will have practiced the method beforehand!)
7. How long is the course?
  The course consists of two evenings a week, either Monday and Wednesday or Tuesday and Thursday. It is very important to attend all 6 weeks - if you cannot, speak to the instructor who can tell you what you will miss
8. Can I take a test ride to see if I like it?
  Yes you can! Come and visit us on one of our 'Open House' days. We have two of these each year, the first in May and the second in June. The dates are displayed on the Welcome page of this website.
On Open House days visitors are able, weather permitting, to go out with an experienced sailor in the actual boats used for training. We also have some keel-boats taking visitors out, so feel free to bring your camera (preferably waterproof) to capture the excitement of your first sail and the spectacular views of the Scarborough Bluffs. Hopefully you will take away some pleasant memories, and the incentive to begin learning new skills which will provide you with years of enjoyment!

9. Can I continue to use the club boats after I earn my certificate?
  Upon successful completion of the course, graduates will be offered, for a nominal fee, a trial membership in the club. This will allow them the use of the sailing school dinghies when available. The trial membership also allows for the use of the club facilities for the remainder of the membership year.

Successful graduates of the Sailing School

Successful graduates of the Sailing School are offered a TRIAL MEMBERSHIP in the club for only $128.75 ($145.49, including HST). This allows you the use of the club dinghies and facilities for the balance of the membership year (April of the following year). CANSail 1 graduates must sail with a qualified skipper until they achieve their CANSail 2 certification, however.

This is a "non-voting" membership, but will allow you to practice your newly acquired skills and familiarize yourself with the club. It is our hope you will rejoin as full members the following year.
If you have any questions about our courses, please contact the Sailing School Director -