Port Dover Yacht Club Sailing School offers a variety of programs from entry level (Wet Feet) to acquiring competitive skills at handling a small sailing dinghy in races and activities (CANSail 3 and 4), taught in accordance to the Sail Canada Curriculum.
Sailing develops teamwork, leadership skills, a respect for the environment, as well as fitness. All students should be able to swim and be comfortable in and around the water.
The instructors will ensure the children have a good time on and off the water. Special activity days are included in every session, with lots of opportunities for games and picnics. The social environment will be maintained in a friendly atmosphere with no swearing or bullying tolerated. Lunches will be brown bag and peanut-free.
Dinghy sailing is still new in Long Point Bay. With this in mind, we have launched two new, shorter programs targeted at younger sailors and teenagers in an effort to allow youth to feel comfortable learning a new sports skill with peers called Discover Sail. These are non-certified programs which allow youth to test the waters.
We think that once they've gotten wet with our crew, they'll want to come back for more. They usually do!
We also have a race team program for our senior youth, and this year will offer Chutes and Wires, which focuses on flying spinnakers (the bright coloured sails on the bow of the boat) and trapezing.
The courses at PDYCSS reflect the new curriculum introduced by Canadian Yachting in 2012, replacing the White/Bronze/Silver/Gold Sail program.
Please note that these courses do not directly correspond. Students will be assessed by the instructors and placed in the appropriate program. We run multi-age, multi-level programs all summer.
For more course descriptions, please go to our new Checklick online registration page.