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Adult Learn to Sail | Introduction to Sailing

Adult Learn to Sail 

Learn to sail on a 27-foot Keelboat! Enjoy a lesson spent out on the water learning valuable skills and experience the joys of sailing. No previous sailing experience is necessary, and you can learn at any age, instructors will tailor the lesson to your skill level and abilities. Taught by a certified captain, each session has a maximum of four participants, and it is recommended to schedule two or more lessons to advance on your sailing skills.

Successful completion of 4 sessions will mean a Sail Canada “Start Keelboating” Certification.

Introduction to Sailing

Age: 15 +
Dates: Tuesdays & Thursdays (May 21 – October 10, 2024)
Time: 5:30PM – 8:30PM (Session times adjust as dates move into Fall)
Price: $90/lesson  |  KYC Members receive a discounted rate

Have questions about this program or looking for a custom booking?  Contact the KYC Sailing & Watersport Education Team directly at

Pricing does not include GST, which will be applied to select youth offerings and all adult courses.

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Learn to Sail with the KYC Sailing Fleet | Full for 2024

Learn to Sail with the KYC Sail Fleet Info and FAQ

Learn to sail with members of the Kelowna Yacht Club Sail Fleet! The Introductory course is a fun and affordable opportunity to learn sailing theory, terminology, and important safety information, with the additional option of getting on-water experience sailing on a wide variety of sailboats. This is a volunteer run program put on by members of the Sail Fleet. The sessions offered will allow you to learn at your own pace and not feel the pressure of theory exams. Please note, no certification will be given through the course. You can sign up for just the classroom theory lessons only or opt to add 4 on water sessions.


Classroom Lessons (4 Classes)
February 27, March 5, March 12, March 19 | 7:00PM – 9:00PM

On-Water Morning Sessions (4 Sessions)
May 4, 11, 25 and June 1 | 10:00AM – 12:00PM

On-Water Afternoon Sessions (4 Sessions)
May 4, 11, 25 and June 1 | 2:00PM – 4:00PM

$150/person for Classroom Only Session (4 Classes)
$300/person for Classroom & On-Water Lessons (4 Classes + 4 On Water Sessions)
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Potential Questions:

Q: Does this give a certification?
A: This course does not give a certification; it is designed to help you to start building experience and get you connected with some of the sailing community here at the club. We will have some additional program options becoming available in the spring for beginners to intermediate-level sailors running throughout the late spring/summer 2023 season.

Q: What if I miss a class?
A: We do not have any make-up classes planned; however, the instructors are really great about summarizing previous lessons and helping you feel as though you are caught up with important information.

Q: What if the weather is not very good?

A: Rain or shine we will go out on the water. If there is a lack of wind during the on-water sessions we will still proceed as we can cater the lesson to still cover plenty of hands-on experience topics. If there is lightning or a storm we will contact the participants and inform them of a new plan or refund.

Q: Who should we contact with any questions?


Our experience with our sailing lesson was really great. The instructor was really thorough and patient while teaching, he was full of tips and advice while explaining what we were doing and why. All around, a great experience!

- Amanda (2022)

Thank you for making our day on the water wonderful! The pontoon boat was great, clean and ready to go with very helpful staff.

- Ken (2022)

It was my son Max’s first time attending a camp at the Kelowna Yacht Club and we weren’t sure what to expect. Max had such a great time and really connected with the instructors. They did a great job of balancing fun, education and safety for the kids. The instructors also made sure to talk to all of the parents at pick-up to let us know what they covered and did each day. Max will be back next summer, for at least a week or two!

- Angela (2022)

We have truly enjoyed our summer boating experiences and appreciate all the time and energy you all have put into making our experiences wonderful!!

- Judy (2021)

We will be back next summer for sure!

- Avy (2021)

We had the best time today, the instructors are fabulous! Thank you very much for sharing your expertise.

- Barb (2021)

I just wanted to reach out to say how much fun my son had at the camp this week. His coaches did a fantastic job. He was even thrilled the day that they had to play indoors, your team is clearly innovative and able to adapt to whatever the weather (or the pandemic) throws at them. I told him we’d definitely sign up again next summer and he said he’d like to sign up EVERY SUMMER.

- Joanne (2021)

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