Junior Learn-to-Sail Program

Learning to sail is the start of a lifelong journey that can lead to racing, cruising and instructing others. Our sailing school staff have grown out of the Learn to Sail Program at Cobourg Yacht Club.

The Sailing School, established in 1965 when the club first formed, is open to everyone who wishes to discover the challenge and excitement of sailing. The school offers instruction from Wet Feet (Optimist - Ages 6 -10) through CANSail 1 to CANSail 4 (Age 9 -15). All programs are taught to the Sail Canada standards and all of our instructor staff are Sail Canada certified. 

Once again this year, we are offering all parents/ guardians of the students enrolled in our Youth Learn to Sail programs, all the benefits of a social club membership (known as an Associate member) until the end of the calendar year to enjoy the many club facilities and events.

Learn to Sail at the CYC emphasizes:

  • Safety
  • Fun
  • Lifelong learning



CYC Centreboard Instructors are trained and certified by Sail Canada. Instructors teach using the CANSail curricula which is the standard across Canada. It includes a progression of skills and knowledge both ashore and afloat. The Sail Canada ratio of students to instructors is maintained.


  • Government approved and proper fitting life Personal Floatation Device (PFD)
  • Change of clothes
  • Sunscreen and a hat
  • Sunglasses (with strap to prevent loss)
  • Drinking water in a non-breakable container
  • Lunches and snacks (no nut products)
  • Clearly label everything and leave valuables at home



    Sailing lessons make a great gift. 

    If you have any questions, don't hesitate to phone the number below or email us at sailingschool@cobourgyachtclub.ca


    Brian Mitchell
    Director of Sailing School

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    "Cobourg Yacht Club" is a non-profit organization.
    100 Hibernia St, Cobourg, ON K9A 3J8, Canada mailing address: P.O. Box 561 Cobourg, Ontario K9A 4L3

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