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Whistler Sailing

SA is offering learn to sail programs for children from 5 to 18 yrs of age  throughout the summer. Our coaches are Sail Canada certified and our courses cover the basics of sailing in a safe and fun environment.Courses are held on Alta Lake. The sailing centre is located  at the former youth hostel site on Alta Lake Road.

Wet Feet

Wet Feet is a program aimed at young children 5-7 yrs old who want to learn about sailing and water safety. This program is 5 days long from Monday to Friday. The first course of the season starts on Monday July 1st  and the last course starts on Monday  August 19th.  

The goal of this program is to get children comfortable around boats and on the water before they go into the Optimist 1 program. Although participants will learn basic sailing skills, children will not be able to sail on their own at the completion of this course.

Due to the age of the participants there will be a maximum of 4 kids for each instructor teaching this program.

The kids will explore Alta lake and its surrounding park.   The main goal is to get the kids comfortable around the water and small sail boats. On any given day half of the day will be focused on water activities.  The other half will involve games, arts & crafts sessions and excursions in one of our inflatable safety boats.

Optimist I and Youth I

This course is designed for beginner sailors that have never sailed before.  The certified sail Canada instructors will teach the basic sailing skills in a fun and safe environment. The course covers water safety, rigging, knots, seamanship and basic sailing maneuvers. Learning how to skipper and crew the boat builds teamwork and leadership skills.  This course follows the Sail Canada curriculum and participants may obtain Sail Canada certification if all skills are demonstrated during the course.

The curriculum for the Optimist  course and the Youth  courses differ only by the type of boat used and the age of the participants. The Optimist boat is smaller and suitable for younger sailors, while the Pirate is a larger sailboat suitable for teens and adults.

The Optimist dinghy is the boat used for the 8-12 yr old, and is sailed by 1 or 2 individuals for this course. The Pirate dinghy is the boat used for the 13-18 yr old and is sailed by 2  individuals for this course. Refer to the Coop Fleet section on the website to learn about these boats.

Optimist II and Youth II

Prerequisite Optimist 1 or Youth 1

This is a more advanced course for those who have completed the Optimist I or Youth I program.  The emphasis is on developing boat handling skills, independence and safety. Once completed, students should be able to sail with confidence with increased independence.  This course will follow the  CANsail II curriculum participants may obtain Can Sail certification if all skills are demonstrated during the course.

The curriculum for the Optimist II course and the Youth II courses differ only by the type of boat used. The Optimist boat is smaller and suitable for younger sailors, while the Pirate is a larger sail boat suitable for teens.

The Optimist dinghy is the boat used for the 8-12 yr old, and is sailed by 1 person for this course. The Pirate dinghy is the boat used for the 13-18 yr old and is sailed by 2  for this course. Refer to the Coop Fleet section on the website to learn about these boats.

Optimist III/ Youth III/ Learn to Race.

Prerequisite Optimist II or Youth II
This is a more advanced course for those who have completed the Optimist II.  The emphasis is on more advanced skills with focus  on  sailing faster and more  efficiently. The rules of the road, safety and basic racing skills and strategies are part of this course. This course will follow the CANsail III curriculum.
Participants may obtain CanSail certification if all skills are demonstrated during the course.

This course has more content than CanSail 1 and 2 courses and will generally require 2 weeks to complete the curricullum.


Optimist Race Team

The Optimist Race Team was created in the fall of  2012 .

The Race program covers many aspects of racing including race starts, rules, tactics & strategy, race specific boat handling skills that are designed to increase speed. Sailing and racing skills will also be developed through video analysis and fun races.Racing experience is not required to be on the race team.  The main requirements are to love being on the water and a willingness to learn new skills.  Francois Hebert at 604-902-4836 or by email info@whistlersailing.com

The program currently runs in the Spring and Fall on Sundays and the sailors compete in BC circuit regattas. In 2012 the Race team travelled to West Vancouver Yacht Club for the annual Pumpkin Bowl Regatta which is part of the BC Youth Circuit.

For more information on our courses/camps and schedule please visit our www.whistlersailing.com

 

 

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