Programs

June 1, 2020

While we had received some encouraging news on May 20th that summer day camps may reopen on June 22nd, we have regrettably determined that we are unable to adequately abide the needed health and safety guidelines of all concerned while providing an enjoyable learning experience for your children.

It is with regret therefore that we are announcing the cancellation of all our Junior Sailing programs specifically our Wet Feet, Learn to Sail, Advanced Single Handed, Learn to Sail Double Handed and Advanced Double Handed sessions for the 2020 sailing season.

For all processed registrations, a full refund will be automatically issued.

Having completely renovated our fleet of Optimists and 420’s over the winter and early spring in anticipation of this upcoming sailing season, we remain well prepared for next year and look forward to welcoming your children in one of our programs at that time.

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.

Junior Sailing Registration 2020

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 $300.

  • 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

Click to view the Wet Feet Program flyer.

For further information on this program contact:

Royal St. Lawrence Yacht Club
1350 Lakeshore Drive
Dorval, QC H9S 2E3
Tel.: 514 631-2720
Fax: 514 631-2725

or Contact by email at junior@rstlyc.com

This is a two- week session for complete beginners or for students returning for the second year. The minimum age is 7 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 120 lbs (54.5 kg) or taller than 5'6'' (1m70). If they are please sign them up in Basic Double Handed. A student is not limited to one session, someone returning for a second session will not have to start at square one again.The sail Canada level CanSail 1 and 2 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.  Boats are provided. One child per boat. 

  • 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

For further information on this program contact:

1350 Lakeshore Drive
Dorval, Quebec H9S 2E3
Tel: (514) 631 2720
Fax: (514) 631 2725

Contact by email at junior@rstlyc.com

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 Can Sail 2. 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 Sail Canada Can Sail Program. Maximum of 12 students per 4 week session.

For further information on this program contact:

Royal St. Lawrence Yacht Club
1350 Lakeshore Drive 
Dorval, QC H9S 2E3
Tel.: 514 631-2720
Fax: 514 631-2725

or Contact by email at junior@rstlyc.com

Two sailors per boat. New this year 2 weeks session. Fosters teamwork and builds communication skills.

Program with an emphasis on boat safety, sailing theory, boat handling and crewing. The BDH Program is based on the Can Sail Program from Sail Canada. This program is suitable to kids ranging in age from 10-15 years old that are that have finished their optimist training or if they are too big for the optimist boat meaning over 120lbs (54.5 kg) and/or 5'6'' (1M70). 

Royal St. Lawrence Yacht Club
1350 Lakeshore Drive
Dorval, QC H9S 2E3
Tel.: 514 631-2720
Fax: 514 631-2725

or Contact by email at junior@rstlyc.com

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 Can Sail level 2 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. The Club strongly encourages participants enroll in the ADH Program for the entire season.

For further information on this program contact:

Royal St. Lawrence Yacht Club
1350 Lakeshore Drive
Dorval, QC H9S 2E3
Tel.: 514 631-2720
Fax: 514 631-2725

or Contact by email at junior@rstlyc.com