Youth Programs

Give your kids the skills and sense of accomplishment associated with our hands-on training program. We offer CANSail Certified classes for children 8-16 years old, of both beginner and advanced skill levels.

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Adult Programs

Whether you’re new to the sport or a seasoned veteran, and whether you like the freedom of a dinghy or the challenge of a keelboat, we have an adult program that suits your needs.

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Adult Program Keelboat Instructors

Michael Dietl

Michael finds an attachment to all things aquatic, and his passion is contagious. He's thoroughly qualified, teaching privately and through various sailing schools since 2001. He's a CYA-certified instructor of Keelboat, PCOC, and VHF Radio, and a Canadian Coast Guard Auxiliary licensed Search-And-Rescue instructor and OCC and Sarex evaluator.

Michael is constantly improving his skill set, taking 1-2 Canadian Coast Guard courses and teaching 2-3 Canadian Coast Guard Auxiliary courses each year. He has also participated in SAR games in both Ontario and Nova Scotia. He operates his pride and joy, a CS33 sailboat, out of Fifty Point Marina, and races as a crew member on an Express 30.


Steve McPhee

Steve caught the sailing bug and quickly worked his way from dinghy sailing 420s on Conestoga Lake to sailing his Alberg 37 through the Carribbean.   Steve lived aboard and cruised 3,500 nm through the Caribbean with his lovely wife Ashley and trusty dog Bella.   He's since returned home and is excited to pass on his knowledge, get others passionate about the sport, and to get people out cruisng the Great Lakes and beyond.  Steve is a certified Sail Canada instructor of Basic Cruising and PCOC..


Adult Program and Youth Program Dinghy Instructors

Elizabeth-Anne Marr

Elizabeth is a familiar face at PDYC Sailing School as a past student and CanSail 1 and 2 instructor. This year Elizabeth has taken the challenge of head coach and program manager and will be teaching other levels as well.

She is a CanSail 1&2 instructor with experience in competing at the Ontario Summer Games in the Club 420 class as well as other regattas. Elizabeth is also extremely active other sports and has just completed her CanFit Pro Level as a personal trainer. She is a student at McMaster University studying life sciences, biology and political science. She has just finished her first year on the McMaster sailing race team where she competed in several Canadian Inter-Collegiate regattas.

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All instructors are Certified by Sail Canada and have Standard First Aid, PCOC, CanSail Fundamentals, Boat Rescue, VHF radio licence, a healthy sense of humour and a Can-Do attitude. Quite simply, they’re the best.

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