Junior CANSail Program

2017 SLSC Summer Sailing Program for Kids

Welcome to the Sturgeon Lake Sailing Club’s summer sailing program. SLSC offers a variety of youth sailing programs to accommodate a range of ages and skill levels. Whether you are joining us for the first time in our Wet Feet or “Try Sailing” program, or you’re working towards a CANSail level already, there is a fun and exciting sailing experience here for you!

  • Safe & Fun Environment for children & Teens
  • New 1 Week Try Sailing Program
  • Achieve Sail Canada CANSail certifications
  • High-Performance Race Programs
  • Home & Away Regattas
  • SAIL Canada Partner
  • Certified Instructors

If you have any questions about our summer programs, please be in touch through the Contact banner on this website.

What can sailing do for your child?

Being on the water can really help a child appreciate the natural world around them. The importance of clean water becomes apparent and children become connected to nature through an understanding of wind and weather.

At its most basic, sailing is about learning to make the wind and waves work for you. Becoming a sailor helps children gain confidence as they learn to be self-sufficient and make informed choices. Children who go beyond basic sailing will learn to race sailboats. They will learn other skills such as: honouring the racing rules, competing against others fairly, using tactical situations to make quick and responsible decisions, and developing teamwork skills as skippers and crews learn to work together. SLSC has been introducing Kawartha kids to the joy of sailing for 60 years and holds a very special place in the hearts of its sailors.

Age Requirements

Generally, SLSC offers programs for kids aged 8 to 16. However, we accept registrations from anyone who turns 8 before the end of the year, or who was 16 at any point in 2017 – i.e. if you were born in the years 2001 through 2009.

Enrolment Limits

The unfortunate downside to the tremendous popularity of the club is that we must institute enrolment caps for our programs, to ensure that our instructor resources are not spread too thinly, that your children can have the best possible experience at the club, and that we maintain optimum ratios for on-water safety.  In our experience, there have only been a few occasions where we have reached the caps in the past.  Wait lists will be offered if enrolment reaches the cap in any program. If we are able to shuffle resources to accommodate additional sailors, we will notify those on the waitlists as soon as practicable.  Our online registration system will clearly show how many spots remain available in each program.

OUR CORE PROGRAMS:

Wet Feet: Where 8 year-olds discover the joy of Boating

Recommended Age: 8
Prerequisites: None
Hours: Monday to Friday, 8:30 – 12:30

Our Wet Feet group is a fun program designed for our youngest sailors. This program introduces children to sailing in the Optimist Dinghy in order to establish comfort on the water in a fun environment with a strong emphasis on water safety. A typical day may include activities such as: swimming, sailing, games (on and off the water), boat trips across the lake, and much more!

Wet Feet Registration

Our New “Try Sailing” One Week Program: For Ages 9-13

Ages: 9-13
Prerequisites: None
Weeks offered: July 3-7 and July 17-21 (may expand if program fills)
Hours: Monday to Friday, 2-4 pm
Minimum # of registrants for program to run: 4

Are you new to sailing and only able to come for one week?  Join our new Afternoon Learn to Sail Program.  This is an introductory program to our sport of sailing with a focus on fun, safety and fundamental skills.   Lessons are creatively delivered by two of our qualified and experienced instructors both on and off the water.  The program runs Monday to Friday 2-4pm the weeks of July 3rd and July 17th. 

Try Sailing Registration

CANSail 1

Recommended Age: 9+
Prerequisites: None
Hours: Monday to Friday, 8:30 – 12:30

CANSail 1 introduces new sailors to the fundamental sailing skills in the kid-friendly Pico dinghy. Lessons are creatively delivered by our team of qualified and experienced instructors both on and off the water. The focus is on fun and building confidence on the water, where young sailors will work on boat safety, balance, basic boat-handling skills and seamanship. On land, sailors will learnbasic terminology and rigging.

CANSail 1 Registration

CANSail 2

Recommended Age: 10+
Prerequisites: CANSail 1 level completed
Hours: Monday to Friday, 8:30 – 12:30

CANSail 2 is intended to consolidate basic sailing skills, and provide opportunities for sailors to helm a Pico dinghy in more challenging conditions. On the water, sailors will work on body positioning, sail trim, and basic sailing manoeuvres. On land, they learn to identify and treat hypothermia and sunstroke as well as knots and rules of the water. 

CANSail 2 Registration

CANSail 3

Recommended Age: 11+
Prerequisites: CANSail 2 level completed
Hours: Monday to Friday, 8:30 – 12:30

CANSail 3 progressively builds and develops the skills in CANSail 1 & 2, with a focus on keeping the sailor engaged with appropriate challenges and learning opportunities. The program introduces sailors to the RS Feva dinghy, to more advanced sailing skills, and to some of the skills, rules and tactics needed to compete in club races.

CANSail 3 Registration

CANSail 4

Recommended Age: 12+
Prerequisites: CANSail 3 level completed
Hours: Monday, Wednesday and Friday, 8:30-12:30, and Tuesday and Thursday, 8:30-1:30

Sailors will develop advanced boat handling skills in a variety of conditions and be introduced to trapeze and spinnaker flying in the RS Feva or 420 dinghies. It also includes the opportunity for some local regatta participation (Civic Holiday and Cottage Club Regatta). CANSail 4 is the minimum sailing level required to become a Sail Canada certified instructor.

Please note, new for 2017, sailors in CANSAIL 4 will stay out on the water for an extra hour on Tuesdays and Thursdays. This is a great opportunity to get extra on-water practice time.

CANSail 4 Registration

CANSail 5&6: Senior Race Team

Recommended Age: 13+
Prerequisites: CANSail 4 level completed
Hours: Monday, Wednesday and Friday, 8:30-12:30, Tuesday and Thursday, 8:30-1:30, and one afternoon 1:30-4 (flexible but scheduled for Mondays)

The CANSail 5&6 levels fully integrate advanced boat handling, sail trim, and rig tuning, with racing tactics, rules and strategy. Sailors will learn about proper teamwork and advanced techniques for trapeze and spinnaker in the RS Feva or 420 dinghies. Participants will have the opportunity to sail in local regattas (Civic Holiday), as well as travel to various regattas in Lake Ontario and cottage country. CANSail 5&6 are required for those wishing to instruct more advanced CANSail levels.

Please note, new for 2017, sailors in CANSail 5&6 will stay out on the water for an extra hour on Tuesdays and Thursdays. As well, sailors will spend Monday afternoons from 1:30 pm – 4:00 pm at the club for additional on-water practice time. The race coaches may move the afternoon session to later in the week if weather conditions are unfavourable that Monday.

CANSail 5 Registration CANSail 6 Registration

OUR OPTIONAL RACING PROGRAMS:

Race Team members can expect to enhance their skills, learn essential racing rules, refine racing strategies and tactics, and have a whole lot of fun with their team while they are at it. Participants in the morning program who have completed their CANSail 1 or higher certification are invited to join one of the three teams: the Opti, Feva or Senior Race Teams. Race Team Membership benefits include priority use of boats for regattas and an SLSC Race Team Jersey.

Race Team members may have the opportunity to participate in regattas that require some travel. Parents will be needed for travel planning, chaperoning, pulling trailers, and assisting at regattas should sailors choose to attend. Please note that regatta fees and travel expenses (transportation, lodging, food) are not covered in the program registration fee. Parents will be needed for logistical support and to chaperone at regattas away from SLSC. Coaching will be provided.

Opti Race Team

Recommended Age: 9+
Prerequisites: Must be enrolled in a weekly CANSail program at SLSC and have completed CANSail 1
Hours: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 1:30 – 4
Minimum commitment: 2 weeks

Team members will work on their sailing skills and learn about racing in a fun and non-competitive environment. Students may have the opportunity to participate in regattas pending their coach’s approval.

Opti Race Team Registration

Feva Race Team 

Recommended Age: 11+
Prerequisites: Must be enrolled in a weekly CANSail program at SLSC and have completed CANSail 2
Hours: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 1:30 – 4

Team members will continue to work on boat-handling skills with a more focused approach to racing. Students will be introduced to race theory, tactics and drills that simulate racing conditions and experiences.  As always, the emphasis is on improving confidence and enjoying the sport, and not on winning and losing. Students may have the opportunity to participate in regattas pending their coach’s approval.

Feva Race Team Registration

Senior Race Team Option for CanSail 4

Recommended Age: 12+
Prerequisites: Must be enrolled in a CANSail program at SLSC and have completed CANSail 3
Hours: 1:30 – 4 (Scheduled Mondays, but may be moved due to weather)

This program is for CANSail 4 sailors who wish to join the Senior Race Team and take their racing to the next level. Sailors will learn intermediate to advanced racing tactics and skills and have opportunities to travel to regattas, build team spirit, and meet athletes from other Clubs across the country.

New for 2017, sailors in CANSail 4 who wish to practice alongside the Senior Race Team will spend Monday afternoons from 1:30 pm – 4:00 pm at the club for additional on-water practice time. Please note the race coaches may move the afternoon session to later in the week if weather conditions are unfavourable that Monday.

Senior Race Team Registration

What to Bring

In order for our program to run smoothly and safely here is a list of things that kids should bring with them each day:

  • Refillable water bottle
  • Sunscreen (SPF 30 or Higher, Waterproof is recommended)
  • Bathing suit and towel
  • Hat
  • Sunglasses
  • Closed toed shoes that can get wet
  • Change of clothes
  • LIFEJACKET / PFD
  • Snacks

Typical Day

The following is a schedule of what our typical day in our program looks like. All times and daily activities are subject to change and are weather dependent.  

08:30 am      Sailors Arrive

08:30 – 09:00 Rigging 

09:00 – 10:00 Flag Raising, Attendance and Morning Games

10:00 – 10:30 Lessons

10:30 – 12:00 Sailing

12:00 – 12:30 De-rig and de-brief

For sailors registered in CANSail 4 and above, sailing time is extended by one hour on Tuesdays and Thursdays, and the day ends at 1:30.

On Wednesday, the club offers a pizza lunch, included in the fees for the morning core programs, served around 12:30 pm with sailors ready to head home around 1:00 pm.

 


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