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.

Ken Otte

Ken is passionate about all things water.  He spent six years in the Caribbean and Bahamas as a charter skipper and scuba instructor and enjoys sharing his passion with others.  He is a certified Sail Canada Basic Cruising instructor and teaches the PCOC and VHF Radio course as well. When he is not enjoying his boat out of Grand Bend he enjoys live music, beaches and campfires.


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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