Which Junior Sailing program to choose from?
The following are the Royal St. Lawrence Programs. It is important to keep in mind the weight and height of your child since these affect which boat is most appropriate for your child to enjoy sailing. Children who sail in our programs must be able to swim and be able to get back in a boat when they capsize. The instructors will teach the children how to get back in the boat but this does require some athleticism.
Wet Feet is a fun program at the RStLYC aimed at young children who want to learn abou sailing and water safety. The curriculum consists of lifejacket safety and how to balance, sit and move in a small sailboat. Additional activities include arts and crafts, plus swimming. The goal of this program is to get children comfortable in small boats and prepare them to move on to our Learn-to-Sail program. Kids will be placed two per boat. Sessions of 1 week for $295.
- 6 kids per session maximum
- 5-7 years old kids
- Introduction to the boat
- Water safety
- Basic principle of propulsion steering
- Arts and crafts and swimming
- Two kids per boat
This is a two- week session for complete beginners or for students returning for the second year. The minimum age is 8 as of July 1st and the maximum is 13. The boats are designed for youngsters and we do not recommend anyone entering the Learn-to-sail program if they are over 150 lbs or taller than 5'6". A student is not limited to one session, someone returning for a second session will not have to start at square one again. The CYA Levels White Sail I & II can be achieved in the Opti Learn-to-sail program. The Opti LTS curriculum involves learning the basics, learning to skipper and handle a sailboat and acquiring the essential skills to do it safely. Program limited to 18 students per session per 2-week session. Boats are provided. One child per boat. Eight children per instructor.
- Introduction to the world of sailing
- Appropriate clothing
- Emphasis on safety on the water
- Rigging a boat
- Righting a capsized boat
- Identifying wind direction
- Sailing a course
One child per boat, eight children per instructor. Advanced boat handling techniques, short course racing. Participation in 1-2 local regattas. Full day of sailing and activities.
The Opti Learn-to-race program has been a huge success in the past due to the rapid growth of the Optimist class racing in North America. The program provides an important step between Learn-to-sail and the Opti racing team. Candidates must have earned their White Sail II. The program is run in 12 club-owned, Optimists. The 4-week program takes the students through the basics of sailboat racing including advanced boat handling techniques, practice starts, short course racing and onland debriefing. Participants will be taught the CYA LTR curriculum. Maximum of 12 students per 4 week session
Two sailors per boat. Four weeks of instruction. Fosters teamwork and builds communication skills.
Those who have successfully passed CYA levels White Sail I & II may participate in the BDH Program with an emphasis on boat safety, sailing theory, boat handling and crewing. The BDH Program is based on the White Sail III curriculum and the S.P.A.R.K. Start safe boating program.
Two sailors per boat. Broad boat handling skills such as flying a spinnaker and using a trapeze.
This double-handed program will be for candidates who have achieved their CYA White III and will teach advanced crew related skills such as trapeze and spinnaker work. The class will use 420's, and each candidate will be introduced to advanced racing, training and boat maintenance skills in anticipation of future enrollment in the B. Y. O. B. (bring your own boat) program. The Club strongly encourages participants enroll in the ADH Program for the entire season.
Two sailors per boat. Advanced boat handling and advanced racing abilities, tactics and major regattas.