General Info

Sailing Courses Offered:

CANSail 1: For participants 9 years old and up who have either some or no sailing experience.  The goal of this level is to learn & apply the basic skills of sailing and teamwork in a Pirate-class training sailboat with 1-2 other students.

CANSail 2: The next level up from CanSail 1 for those who have demonstrated sailing skills.  The goal is to increase their skills, gain confidence and synchronize their sailing duties with their crewmates in small boats.

CanSail 1 & 2 are offered together:   max. 12 students/week; children 3/boat; adults 2/boat

CANSail 3: For participants 12 years old and up who are ready to learn sailing single-handed in a Laser I or for those wishing to sail with a partner in a Laser II.

CANSail 4: For those with demonstrated sailing skills and confidence sailing a Laser 1 single-handed and wishing to increase their skills, sailing speed and fun on the water.

CANSail 3 & 4 are offered together:   max 10 students/week

Where & When: Courses are held at the boat launch at Hamilton Beach, which is near Browning Marina & Pub, Monday – Friday 9:00am–3:30pm.  Washrooms are available at the marina.

What to Bring: Each day, participants should bring:

  • Water, sunscreen, hat, towel, swimming gear, shoes suitable for the beach & water, a change of clothes & layers in case it gets cold. The club will have extra water and sunscreen on hand, just in case.  PIJSA does have PFDs; if you bring your own it should NOT be the type that inflates on contact with water and should be Department of Transport approved.
  • Snacks & lunch.  
  • On Friday, a BBQ lunch is provided for everyone, participants and family.


  • CANSail 1 & 2: The participants must be 9 years old on or before the start date of the course.
  • CANSail 3 & 4: The participants must be 12 years old on or before the start date of the course.
  • Adults: All ages are welcomed, but should recognize that moving from side-to-side in a small boat DOES require some flexibility & agility.
  • Swimming: At the beginning of the course, all participants must demonstrate the ability to swim about 50 meters (150 feet) in a life jacket.  Please make sure your child/participant will go in the cool water. 
  • Capsizing: Near the beginning of the course, all participants must learn how to capsize and right a capsized boat.  Please make sure your child/participant knows they will have to do this.  Both swimming and capsizing capabilities are safety issues. IF EITHER IS NOT DEMONSTRATED, THE PARTICIPANT WILL NOT BE ALLOWED TO SAIL & FEES WILL NOT BE REFUNDED.

Fees and Payment:

Each course is C$175.  Refer to the 2019 Registration and Payment Process sections on this site for details. Initial registrations will commence on May 1st and May 15th.

Cancellation Policy:

If PIJSA has to cancel a course, the registration fee will be refunded.   If a participant withdraws prior to the start of a course, the fee will be refunded only if another participant can be found.

Notice to Parents/Guardians:

We are very pleased you have chosen to enroll yourself, your child(ren) or grandchild(ren) in our Summer Sailing School.   We will do our best to see that they have a lot of fun and learn to sail in safety.  As our attention must be focused on the water, the directors, volunteers and instructors are ONLY responsible for children who are participating in the sailing program.


We include a copy of the Registration Form which is normally supplied by our Registrar – Allyson Coffey. Individuals must first contact Allyson at for registration. This form is strictly a backup version should you have misfiled Allyson’s initial email response confirming registration.

2018-04-15 Revised Registration Form V2