Adult Programs

That's right, it is not just kids who get to have all the fun! Whitby Yacht Club Sailing School offers a variety of different programs for adults and families alike to get out on the water in a format that is schedule friendly and accessible for all to enjoy. Whether it's getting out on one of our Shark 24's in Start Keelboat Sailing, Double-handing a RS Quest in our Date Night Dinghy course, or finding a new passion as a family in our Social Circle Sailing course, we have something for everyone! 

Wanting to get on the water this summer but not sure if sailing is your thing? Check out our Recreational Paddleboarding courses for fun ways of enjoying Lake Ontario in the Summer!

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Social Circle Sailing

The Perfect Outdoor Activity for Friends and Family

This is for the family that strives to seek adventure where ever they go, all while being COVID safe! New to WYC this summer, Social Circle sailing is a 4 week long course that seeks to help families get out on the water during these difficult times and provide fun family bonding experiences! Over the course of 4 weeks, participants will be placed in boats of up to 4 people (within their respective social circle's) taken through the CANSail 1 & 2 Curriculum. This will include important lessons such as parts of the boat, setting the boat up for sailing, different points of sail, on water sailing maneuvers, capsizing, and much more!

More Info:

  • 4 week nights 4 weeks in a row (for example, every Tuesday night for 4 weeks)

  • 5:30pm - 8:30pm

  • Sailing in our new Quest Dinghies

  • Levels taught (CANSail 1 & 2)

  • Up to 4 participants from the same social circle (for more information, please visit https://www.ontario.ca/page/create-social-circle-during-covid-19)

  • $600.00 per boat (4 people)

Please note: This program is currently at capacity for summer 2021. We hope to see you next season!

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Recreational Paddleboarding

When A Boat Just Won't Do

For those who want to enjoy the water on their own terms, this is the solution for you. Over the course of 4 weeks you will learn the basics of Paddleboarding and have ample time to practice as you enjoy those hot summer days in our protected harbour and scenic Whitby Waterfront. Absolutely no experience necessary, and we provide the paddles and Paddleboards!

  • Currently offered Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, 6:00pm - 7:30pm.

  • 4  x 1.5  hours session

  • Ages 12+ (youth 12-16 MUST be accompanied by an adult).

  • Lifejackets required for all on water activities.

  • $99 per person​

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Let's Try Sailing

A Taste of Sailing, Commitment Free

If you've never had the chance to feel the wind and waves gracefulling moving you forward and drawing you into a new way of enjoying life, this is your first step. This three hour course offers participants a tase of sailing in one of our Shark 24 sailboats where they will gain a basic understanding of general terminology while under sail, and have the opportunity to continue forward with the Start Keelboat Sailing course!

  • 3 hours

  • Special rates for couples and families.

  • Lifejackets required for all on water activities.

  • $99 per Sailor.

Due to Covid-19 regulations, we are unable to offer Let's Try Sailing for 2021. We greatly apologize for this, but hope to have this program back for 2022.

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You know how the famous line goes, "Those who sail together, stay together". Another New course to WYC for 2021, Date Night Dinghy is the perfect option for the adventurous couples that like getting out and trying new things! Over the course of 4 weeks (1 night per week), couples will cover all of the content within their CANSail 1 levels including lessons such as parts of the boat, setting the boat up for sailing, different points of sail, on water sailing maneuvers, capsizing, and much more! While there is a theory part to this course, the emphasis will be placed towards spending as much time on water as possible!

More Info:

  • 4 week nights 4 weeks in a row (for example, every Tuesday night for 4 weeks)

  • 5:30pm - 8:30pm

  • Sailing in our new Quest Dinghies

  • Levels taught (CANSail 1 & 2)

  • 2 Participants per boat

  • $450.00 per boat (2 people)

Please note: This program is currently at capacity for summer 2021. We hope to see you next season!

Fun in the Sun

Date Night Dinghy

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For those who want to leave shore in command of their own vessel, WYC is happy to offer our new SINGLEHANDED Dinghy course. This course is created as an introduction to singlehanded sailing, and offers a detailed content break-down in a small class format featuring an instructor / sailor ration of 1:3. Sailors will learn a large variety of content necessary for safe sailing including boat parts, rigging and de-rigging boats, physics of sailing, sailing on your own, and will provide participants with a large amount of on-water time.

More Info:

  • 4 days 4 weeks in a row (for example, every Tuesday night for 4 weeks)

  • 6:00pm - 9:00pm.

  • Sailing in our new Quest Dinghies

  • Lifejackets required for all on water activities.

  • Levels taught (CANSail 1 & 2)

  • $450.00 per session + Cansail Registration Fee

This program is currently not running. Please check back in 2022. 

Becoming Your Own Captain

Singlehanded Sailing

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The solution for those who want to get into keelboat sailing! This course is absolutely no experience necessary, as it takes participants through all of the basics of crewing on a keelboat and understanding how they work. Throughout either option 1 or option 2, participants will cover on land theory lessons and on water practical lessons focusing on a variety of different aspects including parts of a boat, physics of sailing, different roles in the boat, basic boat maintenance, safety while sailing, all while training to become proficient crew members on keelboats! 

  • Course Format Options:

    • Option 1: 6 nights from 5:30 pm to 9:00 pm 

    • Option 2: one full weekend (Friday 5:30pm - 9pm, Saturday & Sunday 9am-5pm).

  • Ages 12+

  • Activities include a mixture of on-land and on-water activities utilized to promote the best learning experience possible

  • Lifejackets required for all on water activities.

  • $500 + Cansail Registration Fee (Specialty family rates avaliable)

Due to Covid-19 regulations, we are unable to offer Start Keelboat Sailing for 2021. We greatly apologize for this, but hope to have this program back for 2022.

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Start Keelboat Sailing

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Why Choose Whitby Yacht Club Sailing School?

With serving Whitby and the surrounding area for over 45 years, we know something about having fun out in the sun! Passion is at the heart of everything we do, from helping those who have never stepped foot off shore to even the most seasoned crew, we have facilities and the equipment to help you accomplish your goals.