Royal St. Lawrence Yacht Club Burgee

Adult Sailing Program


The Royal St-Lawrence Yacht Club, the gateway to Montreal’s playground on Lac St-Louis, offers sailing instruction to adults - both members and non-members - that will introduce you to the life-long joys of sailing.

We also invite you to sample our hospitality and experience our excellent facilities.  While you are taking the course, you (and your family) are granted an interim membership and are entitled to use all of its facilities, including the dining room and bar, swimming pool and tennis courts.

If you are already a member, you can take advantage of discounted class fees and, once you have successfully completed the course, can enjoy unlimited daytime sailing on the Sharks.

Not sure you want to join yet?  Remain as an interim member for the remainder of the sailing season (i.e. to September 30) once your course has finished simply by paying the regular monthly membership fee. If you decide to become a full member after that, we will credit 100% of the interim membership fees you paid towards your full membership initiation fee. What a deal!


Learn the basics of sailing using our fleet of six 24’ Shark keelboats (they cannot capsize) in a 25-hour course, comprising water safety, wind knowledge, rigging, points of sail, tacking, jibing, sailing on a reach and more! We’ll even have you participate in several fun races towards the end of the course. Don't pass up the joy of sailing... 

Lessons both on and off the water give novices a non-intimidating opportunity to learn the basic skills of sailboat handling and care. Even experienced sailing crew can benefit by learning responsible helmsman ship under a variety of sailing conditions.

Safety procedures and rules for avoiding collisions are explained and applied during the sessions. The curriculum also includes an elementary introduction to the Canadian navigation system and the basic use of marine charts.

Scheduling and Course Selection

Classes are two evenings a week. Two sessions were undertaken in 2019:

May 27 to June 26 (10 evenings) – This session was full for 2019

Session 1 – Mondays and Wednesday 18:30 to 21:00

July 1 to July 31 (10 evenings) – This session was full for 2019

Session 2 – Mondays and Wednesday 18:30 to 21:00

There is a maximum of 18 students per session. These courses are very popular and have always had a full complement for each session.


The cost for the course is very competitively priced at $599 ($688.70 including taxes) for non-members and $499 ($573.73 including taxes) for Club members.

Our schedule and pricing for the 2020 sailing season will be released shortly, however, we urge you to reserve your space now for these courses or for our Introduction to Racing and Woman on the Water programs (details to come).

Instructions and clothing to bring to each class:

  • Pen and notebook
  • Lifejacket, Ministry of Transportation approved
  • Towel and a change of clothes (in case you get wet!)
  • Sneakers with light-coloured soft soles (sandals do not protect the top of your feet and can scuff the deck on a boat)
  • Dress according to the weather: rain jacket or foul weather gear, if it is raining (although we hold the theoretical classes inside when the weather is poor).

If you are unable to attend a lesson, please advise the office at (514) 631-2720.


Our program uses Sail Canada’s Basic Cruising Skills textbook as a guide for the course. While the instructors are comfortable in both English and French, the language and terms of boating usage used in the course are primarily in English.

The course is very comprehensive, but not overly technical. It includes excellent pictorials of boats, terminology, wind-sail relationships and rope-knots. We suggest that you only skim this guide prior to starting the course, as you will review the appropriate chapters in detail prior to each lesson, which will reinforce your learning experience. This textbook is included in the price of this course. 

Clothing & Equipment

Lac St-Louis weather can be different than that on land. In early summer, it is cooler; in fall, it is often warmer. You may be exposed to wind, rain, spray, cold and heat, and strong direct and reflected sunlight. You must provide your own Transport Canada -approved life jacket, which must be worn at all times while on the water. If you’re uncertain about how to dress, ask your instructor about the day’s anticipated weather.

For More Information, and to Enrol

If you wish to enroll or have any questions, please contact us at:


Phone: (514) 631-2720 Application Form