Adult Program - For the Love of Sailing!
COVID-19 Update (Feb 11th, 2020):

Adult CANSail courses are currently capped at 12 registrants, in case we need to reduce class sizes again in the spring. If a course is full, please join the waitlist. Our hope is in the spring when the COVID-19 situation is more clear, that we'll be able to run the courses at the normal capacity of 20 students, and those on the waitlist will be able to join the course.

Basic Cruising is still uncertain. We are looking into ways to run the course safely. You are able to join a waitlist for the courses below through the Availability and Registration link, but unfortunately there are no guarantees that we will be able to run courses this summer. 

Registration for Spring/Summer 2021 is now open!

At Toronto Sailing & Canoe Club we offer fun and affordable adult learn-to-sail programs on dinghies and keelboats.

Our sailing instructors are experienced and accomplished sailors, trained and certified by Sail Canada - and more importantly, they love sailing and love teaching. Every instructor is trained and certified by national authorities in boat safety and First Aid, and they provide a safe and fun-filled learning experience for all students.

Why TSCC is the best place to learn how to sail:

  • You do not have to be a member to take our sailing courses
  • The prices below are final, there are no added membership fees
  • Once you achieve our beginner courses, you can join as a Fleet Member and sail for the rest of the summer at a discounted rate. This is the most affordable way to learn and continue sailing all summer in Toronto!
  • We offer CANSail 1 and 2 together for one low price. CANSail 2 is generally regarded as the level needed to competently sail a dinghy sailboat on your own. 
I'm complete beginner, should I take a Keelboat or Dinghy Course?
  • Both the Basic Cruising and CANSail 1/2 cater to complete beginners who are sailing for the first time. The difference is that Basic Cruising teaches you how to sail on a keelboat (larger boats 20+ feet in length), and CANSail 1/2 is for dinghies (smaller boats designed for 1-2 people). Both courses are recognized nationally by Sail Canada.
  • We recommend the CANSail 1/2 course if you consider yourself to be relatively active and comfortable around water. Since the boats are smaller, being able to move around and shift your weight is necessary to keep the boat flat. There is also a chance of capsizing, in which case you will need to use your weight to bring the boat back into the upright position, while navigating yourself around the boat in the water. You will always be wearing a life jacket.
  • We recommend the Basic Cruising course if you'd like a more laid back experience, or you don't want to enter the water at any time. This is also the course to take if you are planning on buying a keelboat of your own. The larger keelboat we teach on is more stable than the dinghies, and there is no requirement to enter the water. The course is taught with 5 students and 1 instructor, all on the same keelboat (a Hunter 31). 
Keelboat Courses
Dinghy Courses

Questions? See our FAQ section below

Keelboat Courses

Basic Cruising

Objective:  To be able to cruise safely in familiar waters as both skipper and crew of a sloop rigged keelboat of 6 to 10 meters with an outboard or inboard motor in moderate wind and sea conditions by day. Click Sail Canada Basic Cruising Standard Course for more details. Our courses run with a maximum of 5 students, and you will learn with your instructor on board. You will earn a Sail Canada Basic Cruising certification upon successful completion of this course.

You can join our Keelboat Fleet Program once you have your Basic Cruising certification, and sail our keelboats for the rest of the summer at a discounted rate.


Prerequisites: None 

Adult Keelboat Basic Cruising Course - Practical and Theory (Evenings)
  1. Mondays & Wednesdays - May 10, 12, 17, 19, 24, 26, 31, June 2, 7, 9 - 6:00pm - 9:00pm
  2. Tuesdays & Thursdays: May 11, 13, 18, 20, 25, 27, June 1, 3, 8, 10 - 6:00pm - 9:00pm
  3. Mondays & Wednesdays: June 14, 16, 21, 23, 28, 30, July 5, 7, 12, 14 - 6:00pm - 9:00pm
  4. Tuesdays & Thursdays: June 15, 17, 22, 24, 29, July 6, 8, 13, 15, 20  - 6:00pm - 9:00pm
Waitlist for courses below will open closer to their start dates.
  1. Mondays & Wednesdays: July 19, 21, 26, 28, Aug 4, 9, 11, 16, 18, 23 - 6:00pm - 9:00pm
  2. Tuesdays & Thursdays: July 27, 29, Aug 3, 5, 10, 12, 17, 19, 24, 26 - 6:00pm - 9:00pm
  3. Mondays & Wednesdays: August 25, 30, Sept 1, 8, 13, 15, 20, 22, 27, 29 - 6:00pm - 9:00pm
  4. Tuesdays & Thursdays: August 31, Sept 2, 7, 9, 14, 16, 21, 23, 28, 30 - 6:00pm - 9:00pm
Click the link below and select "Adult Basic Cruising Programs" from the list.
Cost: $699.00 plus HST

 

The number shown inside each box is the number of spaces left in each session.  

Registration is online and payment can be made with a MasterCard or Visa credit card.

For more information email programs@tscc.net, or call 647-242-4856. Email is preferred.

You can also check out our FAQ section below.

Adult Keelboat Basic Cruising Course - Practical and Theory (Weekdays)
  1. Weekdays May 17 - 21 - 9:30am - 3:30pm
  2. Weekdays May 24 - May 28 - 9:30am - 3:30pm
  3. Weekdays May 31 - June 4 - 9:30am - 3:30pm
  4. Weekdays June 14 - June 18 - 9:30am - 3:30pm
  5. Weekdays June 21 - June 25 - 9:30am - 3:30pm
  6. Weekdays July 5 - July 9 - 9:30am - 3:30pm
Waitlist for courses below will open closer to their start dates. 
  1. Weekdays July 12 - July 16 - 9:30am - 3:30pm
  2. Weekdays July 26 - July 30 - 9:30am - 3:30pm
  3. Weekdays August 9 - August 13 - 9:30am - 3:30pm
  4. Weekdays August 30 - September 3 - 9:30am - 3:30pm
  5. Weekdays September 13 - September 17 - 9:30am - 3:30pm
  6. Weekdays September 20 - September 24 - 9:30am - 3:30pm
Click the link below and select "Adult Basic Cruising Programs" from the list.
Cost: $699.00 plus HST

 

The number shown inside each box is the number of spaces left in each session.  

Registration is online and payment can be made with a MasterCard or Visa credit card.

For more information email programs@tscc.net, or call 647-242-4856. Email is preferred.

You can also check out our FAQ section below.

Adult Keelboat Basic Cruising Course - Practical and Theory (Weekends)
  1. Weekends May 15, 16, and May 22, 23 - 9:00am - 4:00pm
  2. Weekends May 29, 30, and June 5, 6 - 9:00am - 4:00pm
  3. Weekends June 19, 20, and June 26, 27 - 9:00am - 4:00pm
  4. Weekends July 3, 4, and July 10, 11 - 9:00am - 4:00pm
  5. Weekends July 17, 18, and July 24, 25 - 9:00am - 4:00pm
Waitlist for courses below will open closer to their start dates. 
  1. Weekends August 7, 8, and August 14, 15 - 9:00am - 4:00pm
  2. Weekends August 21, 22, and August 28, 29 - 9:00am - 4:00pm
  3. Weekends September 11, 12, September 18, 19 - 9:00am - 4:00pm
Click the link below and select "Adult Basic Cruising Programs" from the list.

Cost: $699.00 plus HST

 

The number shown inside each box is the number of spaces left in each session.  
Registration is online and payment can be made with a MasterCard or Visa credit card.
For more information email  programs@tscc.net, or call 647-242-4856. Email is preferred.
You can also check out our FAQ section below.
Keelboat Fleet Membership
Students who successfully complete Basic Cruising or can demonstrate equivalent competency may join TS&CC as Keelboat Fleet Members and sail the club keelboats. Students who complete a Basic Cruising course in the current year are eligible for discounts!

See the Keelboat Fleet page for more information. 

Dinghy Courses
CANSail 1/2 

This program is designed for complete beginners and for those wishing to refresh their sailing skills. Our program is based on the Sail Canada CANSail levels and is taught aboard RS Vision and 420s dinghies. Participants have the opportunity to earn nationally recognized certificates for each level by demonstrating skills learned in the program. 

Upon successful completion of this course, you will earn both a CANSail 1 and 2 certification. CANSail 2 is generally regarded as the level needed to competently sail a boat by yourself. 

As your CANSail 1/2 course fee includes a Crew Membership for the season, you can crew on members' boats on our Tuesday and Thursday Race nights after you complete the course.

You can join our Dinghy Fleet Program once you have your CANSail 2 certification, and sail our dinghies for the rest of the summer at a discounted rate.

Prerequisites: None 


CANSail 1/2 - Adult Dinghy (Weekends)
  1. Weekends - May 29, 30, and June 5, 6 - 9:30am - 4:30pm
  2. Weekends - June 19, 20, and June 26, 27 - 9:30am - 4:30pm
  3. Weekends - July 10, 11 and July 17, 18 - 9:30am - 4:30pm
  4. Weekends - August 7, 8 and August 14, 15 - 9:30am - 4:30pm
  5. Weekends - Sept 11, 12 and Sept 18, 19 - 9:30am - 4:30pm
CANSail 1/2 - Adult Dinghy (Tuesday and Thursday Evenings)
  1. Tuesdays & Thursdays - May 25, 27, June 1, 3, 8, 10, 15, 17, 22, 24 - 6:00pm - 9:00pm
  2. Tuesdays & Thursdays - July 6, 8, 13, 15, 20, 22, 27, 29, August 3, 5 - 6:00pm - 9:00pm
  3. Tuesdays & Thursdays - August 10, 12, 17, 19, 24, 26, 31, Sept 2, 7  - 6:00pm - 9:00pm
Click the link below and select "Adult CANSail Dinghy Programs" from the list.
Cost: $496.00 plus HST

 

The number shown inside each box is the number of spaces left in each session.  
Registration is online and payment can be made with a MasterCard or Visa credit card.
For more information email programs@tscc.net, or call 647-242-4856. Email is preferred.

You can also check out our FAQ section below.

Dinghy Fleet Membership
Students who achieve their CANSail 2 level can join our Dinghy Fleet as a New Skipper. 

Fleet Membership allows participants continue to sail the club's boats for the rest the season. For students graduating a CANSail class, the Fleet Member rate is discounted. See our Fleet Membership page for more information.

CANSail 3/4

Our CANSail 3/4 program is designed for students who have achieved their CANSail 2 level. 

Advanced sailing skills and theory are taught in these courses. Sailing skills are further refined and new skills are introduced such as sailing by the lee and sailing backwards. Students are introduced to racing and regattas.

Although the CANSail 3 and 4 courses are run in one class, you will only be able to achieve one level in one session. For example, the first time you take the CANSail 3/4 course you will be working towards your CANSail 3. If you achieve the CANSail 3 level, you can take the course again and work on more advanced skills (spinnaker, trapeze etc.) to work towards your CANSail 4.

Prerequisites: CANSail 2 


CANSail 3/4 - Adult Dinghy (Monday and Wednesday Evenings)
  1. Mondays & Wednesdays - May 31, June 2, 7, 9, 14, 16, 21, 23, 28, 30 - 6:00pm - 9:00pm
  2. Mondays & Wednesdays - July 19, 21, 26, 28, August 4, 9, 11, 16, 18, 20 - 6:00pm - 9:00pm
    Click the link below and select "Adult CANSail Dinghy Programs" from the list.
    Cost: $496.00 plus HST
     
    The number shown inside each box is the number of spaces left in each session.  
    Registration is online and payment can be made with a MasterCard or Visa credit card.
    For more information email programs@tscc.net, or call 647-242-4856. Email is preferred.

    You can also check out our FAQ section below.

    Dinghy Fleet Membership

    Students who achieve their CANSail 2 level can join our Dinghy Fleet as a New Skipper.

    Students who achieve CANSail 3 can join our Dinghy Fleet as Boat Captains, and take guests out on our boats with them. Boat captains are also eligible to sail into October for an additional membership fee.

    CANSail 3 graduates who are looking for more of a challenge can join as Advanced Boat captains, which allows you to sail our 29ers. 

    Fleet Membership allows participants continue to sail the club's boats for the rest the season. For students graduating the CANSail program, the Fleet Member rate is discounted. See our Fleet Membership page for more information.


    Adult Learn To Sail FAQ
    1. I'm complete beginner, which course should I take?
    • Both the Basic Cruising and CANSail 1/2 cater to complete beginners who are sailing for the first time. The difference is that Basic Cruising teaches you how to sail on a keelboat (larger boats 20+ feet in length), and CANSail 1/2 is for dinghies (smaller boats designed for 1-2 people). 
    • If you consider yourself to be relatively active and comfortable around water, we generally recommend taking the CANSail 1/2 course. Since the boats are smaller, being able to move around and shift your weight is necessary to keep the boat flat. There is also a chance of capsizing, in which case you will need to use your weight to bring the boat back into the upright position, while navigating yourself around the boat in the water. You will always be wearing a life jacket.
    • If you are not as active or mobile, or you don't want to enter the water at any time, the Basic Cruising course is the course for you. The larger keelboat we teach on is more stable than the dinghies, and there is no requirement to enter the water. The course is taught with 5 students and 1 instructor, all on the same keelboat. 
    2. What do I need to bring?
    • You must bring a C.S.A. approved Life jacket or Personal Flotation Device that fits properly and is correct for your weight. They can be purchased at any Marine Supply store, Canadian Tire, Walmart, MEC and other shops. The water can be very cold during the season (especially during May, June and September), we recommend you purchase a wetsuit to help protect you from cold water. Marine supply stores can show you the options and Costco and MEC often have an inexpensive wet suit with short sleeves, as well as sailing booties.
    • A water bottle and waterproof sunscreen. A lunch for weekend and weekday sessions, snacks for evening sessions.
    • A hat, at least one change of clothes, swimming attire, wind jacket and towel. Shoes should be closed toed non-slip and not damaged by water.  Running shoes or Teva style sandals are often worn.  Barefoot are not allowed. Avoid crocs, jeans and heavy cotton.
    3. What if the weather is too bad to sail?

    Part of the program includes on-shore training activities such as learning knots and other classroom instruction.

    4. Should I bring my own food?

    The club has a grill which provides meals on Tuesday and Thursday evenings for those that want to stay and socialize. For the weekend courses we recommend you bring a lunch as there is no food available.

    5. What safety measures do you have?

    Our instructors are all qualified in boat safety and first aid. A lifejacket or PFD must be worn at all times when sailing on the water and on the club docks. We ensure that there are always an adequate number of instructors by limiting enrollment. When CANSail students are out on the water, there are instructors in support boats in attendance to provide assistance.

    We follow the Ontario Sailing Concussion Code of Conduct and Ministry approved concussion resources, which can be found at the following links: 

    Concussion Awareness Resources Ages 15 and up - CLICK HERE.

    Ontario Sailing Concussion Code of Conduct - Athletes

    6. I can’t swim – is that a problem?

    While it is not essential that you be a good swimmer, part of achieving your CANSail 1/2 level involves capsizing your boat and being in the water. You should feel comfortable around the water but regardless of swimming ability, you will be wearing a lifejacket or PFD when in the boats or on the docks.

    7. What if the course schedule does not work for me but I still want to learn how to sail?

    We offer private lessons for adults and youth. These lessons can be for one-on-one or two students to one instructor. Click “Private Lessons” to learn more.


    Contact Us

    1391 Lake Shore Blvd West

    Toronto ON M6K 3C1

    Phone: (647) 242-4856 (enquiries regarding our programs or fleet membership - 8:30am to 4:30pm Monday - Friday)

    Clubhouse Phone: (416) 531-0403

    Email: information@tscc.net

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    TS&CC offers membership options to appeal to a wide range of sailors and paddlers. You don't need to own a boat to get on the water! Check out our crew and fleet membership options as well as our very accessible Senior membership.



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