Sail Training

CFSA Summer “Learn To Sail” Programme

Our Summer Schedule is now available for registration!

We have adjusted our program to adhere to safety policies surrounding COVID-19. Everything is subject to change but we are optimistic that we will get out on the water for some great sailing this summer!

Learn to Sail at the Canadian Forces Sailing Association!  We offer courses for Youth and Adults of all ages, from beginner to advanced.  CFSA is a wonderful place to learn to sail, with favourable winds and a protected harbour.  Sharing a harbour with the Naval Dockyard, there are always exciting things happening in the bay. 

Our instructors are nationally certified through Sail Canada and trained in how to teach sailing, as well as first aid and boat rescue. We follow the Sail Canada CANSail curriculum of instruction.

CANSail is designed to be a set of progressive learn to sail standards focused on providing sailors with a solid foundation of core skills.  It allows sailors to learn and progress in any type of boat and consolidates key skills and solid experiences before adding complex skills. If a course isn’t running when you want to register for it, please contact us and we will see if there is an equivalent or way to get you sailing that week.

You are not required to work for DND nor be a member of CFSA to take part in our summer Learn To Sail program, but you will probably find that you enjoy sailing so much that you will want to join and benefit from the perks of membership!

Did You Know? High School students with 100 or more hours of Sailing Instruction can apply for 4 high school credits! Ask us how!

Email: sailinginstructor@cfsaesq.ca


Registration is through PSP Recreation: https://bkk.cfmws.com/esquimaltpub/courses/index.asp
Phone: 250-363-1009
In Person: 2610 Rosebank Rd (Colwood: Google Map!)
Online: Coming Soon
OR
Naden Athletic Centre Kiosk:
Phone: 250-363-5677

CFSA Contact details:
Training Officer: training@cfsaesq.ca
Phone: 250-385-8873 (leave a message please)

CFSA 2020 LTS Sailing Program – Schedule and Fees

Course

Ages

2020 Price

Dates

Days

Times

Adult Basic 2

18+

$390

July 7-30

Tuesday+Thursday

5:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Adult Basic 3

18+

$390

Aug 4-27

Tuesday+Thursday

5:30 pm – 8:30 pm

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sailing Camp 1

7+

$315

July 6-10

Monday-Friday

8:30am-4pm

Sailing Camp 2

7+

$315

July 13-17

Monday-Friday

8:30am-4pm

Sailing Camp 3

7+

$315

July 20-24

Tues/Mon-Friday

8:30am-4pm

Sailing Camp 4

7+

$315

July 27-31

Monday-Friday

8:30am-4pm

Sailing Camp 5

7+

$295

Aug 4-7

Tuesday-Friday

8:30am-4pm

Sailing Camp 6

7+

$315

Aug 10-14

Monday-Friday

8:30am-4pm

Sailing Camp 7

7+

$315

Aug 17-21

Monday - Friday 

8:30am -4pm

Sailing Camp 8 7+ $315 Aug 24-28  Monday - Friday  8:30am-4pm

Program Descriptions

Sailing Summer Camps (Ages 7 and up, ALL SKILL LEVELS WELCOME AT EVERY CAMP!)

All our sailing summer camps will adhere to COVID-19 regulations around safety. We will only be offering programs for children ages 7 and up. We ask that the sailors are either registering with someone in their social bubble who they can be in a boat with or they are happy to sail by themselves! Our program will mostly be in the Opti Boat. If you would like to sail in a 420, please contact the Program Coordinator, Charlotte Clark, at sailinginstructor@cfsaesq.ca, to arrange it. 

We will run smaller camps with smaller groups of kids. We will be sanitizing all equipment and facilities regularly to keep everyone safe. Safety is our top priority at CFSA and we provide everyone with coherent instructions upon registration of what the camp will look like on a day to day basis. 

We appreciate your patience as we sort out everything out and we look forward to another great summer of sailing! 

Adult CANSail Programs (over 18 years)

Adult CANSail Basic 

Evening classes for Sail Canada accredited CANSail basic sailing skills. This is an adult class for the beginner sailor or those with limited sailing experience to learn in double handed or single-handed boats. This is a four week course taught on Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 5:30pm to 8:30 pm.

If you are interested in this please email us a week before your course or talk to the Head Instructor on the first morning during registration

What to Expect

Expect to go sailing on your first day and every day, rain or shine. The weather can be varied on the water so please come prepared with a hat, sunscreen, wind-breaker, change of clothes, towel, lunch, snacks and plenty of drinking water. Only close-toed shoes are allowed on the docks and in the boats. Safety (i.e. bike) helmets are required for all students under 16, unless a waiver is signed by the parent.  We have a few helmets available but you are encouraged to send your child with their own that fits them and they are comfortable with.  PFD’s are supplied, but feel free to bring your own.

A Parent/Guardian must attend the first class to sign necessary waivers.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Q: Do I need to be DND or CF member to take sailing lessons?

A: No, the sailing lessons at CFSA are open to everyone, even the public.  We are however able to offer members of the CFSA some savings.  Members of the CAF, DND, PSP and some other organizations are eligible to be members of the CFSA.

Q: Do I need to bring any food or clothing or life jackets?

A: You will be provided with a lifejacket to wear while sailing but you may bring your own if you like as long as the lifejacket or PFD is approved by the Canadian Coast Guard. You will need to bring a lunch, snack(s) and drinks for every day, the last day of the course we normally have a celebratory potluck BBQ where we will provide hot dogs, buns and basic condiments and sailors and families are encouraged to bring salads, fruits, and other healthy snacks.

Q: What is the helmet policy?

A: We require children under the age of 16 to wear helmets unless a waiver is signed. Opti sailors and first time sailors are especially encouraged to wear a helmet even if they wish to have the waiver signed. 

Q: What helmets are good for sailing?

A: Bicycle, skateboard, climbing, or kayaking hemets are the most commonly used. Expcect the helmet to get wet, and try to avoid helmets with decorative attachments.

Q: Is there some sort of certificate or credential after completing a course?

A: Depending on the specific course you are taking, sailors will be trained to the Sail Canada “CANSail” standard. During the course they will be evaluated on their acquisition of a spectrum of skills by qualified instructors. Upon completion of the course, sailors will receive a CANSail certificate appropriate to their progress. The CANSail program is nationally and internationally accredited. Having CANSail sailing levels can often be a pre-requisite for taking courses at other sailing schools and clubs, chartering and skippering sailing yachts, joining a dinghy race team (such as the CFSA Junior Sailing Team) and taking additional training camps, but also to become volunteer and certified sailing instructors down the road - a pretty sweet summer job!

Learn more about the CANSail program by visiting Sail Canada Learn to Sail web page:

http://www.sailing.ca/cansail-dinghy-s15683


NOTE:

  1. CFSA, as a DND club is also able to offer a 15% discount to Members (and immediate family) of CFSA and DSA. Membership in CFSA is open to CAF, DND, PSP and some other organisations. Please consider joining, getting a discount and all the benefits of full membership in an excellent, family friendly Club. 
  2. Before and After Care - 30min before/45min after class. $40/week additional
  3. Family Sail - A pair is one adult, one child (7yo+)
  4. Not sure what course to take? Check this and ask us: BCSailing CANSail Level Course Selection PDF