Ever dreamed of sailing around the world? Or pictured yourself out on the water, relaxing with the breeze in your face as waves rock gently below. Now’s your chance to learn to sail. We offer a variety of courses for members and the public. Each course will keep you learning and moving forward with your sailing skills. You’re never too old to learn, and have fun doing it. You can learn to sail on a 25-foot keelboat with no experience necessary!


IMPORTANT PROGRAM UPDATE

It is the priority or the Kelowna Yacht Club Sailing School to protect health and safety and respect BC Health Authority guidelines. We have updated our programs and policies to reflect a safe and fun environment for kids to experience the joy of watersports:

  • All courses keep in mind updated Health and Safety Guidelines
  • Updated Waivers to include precautions and requirements surrounding COVID
  • Students come ready and do not need to change clothes
  • Students carry their own equipment (water, hat etc.) to minimize contact
  • Safe and Fun is our motto

Thank you for your continued support! If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to reach out to the Sailing School Team at any time at [email protected].

Maritime Radio Course

The Maritime Radio course teaches emergency radio procedures and everyday operating techniques.

Learn all about the uses of marine radios, choice of frequencies, operation, phonetic alphabet, procedural words, and phrases, as well as Digital Selective Calling and the Global Maritime Distress and Safety System, (DSC/GMDSS).

All mariners, including recreational boaters, will want to take advantage of the many features and capabilities of this innovative form “automatic” radio. Secure your lifeline. Be sure that you and your family take the Maritime Radio course.

This complete package will prepare you for the Restricted Operator Certificate (Maritime) with the DSC Endorsement exam which is included as part of these courses. To operate a maritime radio, you need the certificate. It’s the law!

This is a self-study program with an in-classroom exam.

Before you register, please connect with the KYC Sailing School to book your exam
[email protected] or 250-762-3310 Ext. 102.

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Learn to Sail with the KYC Sail Fleet

Learn to sail with members of the Kelowna Yacht Club Sail Fleet! This affordable introductory Adult Learn to Sail program, open to those 18+, is an opportunity to learn sailing theory, terminology and important safety information. With the additional choice of getting on-water experience sailing on a wide selection 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. No certification will be given through the course.

Learn to Sail with the KYC Sail Fleet

Age: 18 +
Dates/Program Options:

Classroom Session 1 (4 Classes,Tuedays 7:00PM – 9:00PM)
February 1, 8, 15 and 22
Classroom Session 2 (4 Classes,Tuedays and Thursdays 7:00PM – 9:00PM)
March 22, 24, 29 and 31

On-Water Morning Session (4 Classes, Saturdays 10:00AM – 12:00PM)
May 7, 14, 28 and June 4
On-Water Afternoon Session (4 Classes, Saturdays 2:00PM – 4:00PM)
May 7, 14, 28 and June 4 

Price:
$125/person for Classroom Session (4 Classes)
$125/person for On-Water Session (4 Classes)

Important Note: To be eligible to be a part of the May On-Water Sessions, participants must have completed the February Classroom Session 1 or March Classroom Session 2.

Pricing subject to applicable taxes.

Please note, proof of full vaccination is required to participate in the program. We are operating at a reduced capacity and with many safety measures put in place as mandated through the Provincial Health Officer and WorkSafeBC. Adjustments to this sailing program may be required in accordance with any future provincial guidelines or restrictions & we appreciate your patience and cooperation during this time. To view the full KYC Safety Plan, please click here.

Have questions about this program or looking for a custom booking?  Contact the KYC Sailing School [email protected] or 250-762-3310 Ext. 102.

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Introduction to Sailing

Learn to sail on a large 25-foot keelboat! Taught by CAN Sail certified instructors, each session has a maximum of four participants. Enjoy a lesson spent out on the water learning valuable skills and experience the joys of sailing. It is recommended to schedule two or more lessons to work on your sailing skills. No experience is necessary and you can learn at any age, we tailor the lesson to your skill level and abilities. We have some flexibility regarding dates, contact the KYC Sailing School to discuss options.

Introduction to Sailing

Age: 15 +
Dates: 2022 season details will be announced early spring!
Time: 
Price: 

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

Please note, we are operating at a reduced capacity and with many safety measures put in place as mandated through the Provincial Health Officer and WorkSafeBC. Adjustments to this sailing program may be required in accordance with any future provincial guidelines or restrictions & we appreciate your patience and cooperation during this time. To view the full KYC Safety Plan, please click here.

Have questions about this program or looking for a custom booking?  Contact the KYC Sailing School [email protected] or 250-762-3310 Ext. 102.

See you in 2022!

Private Lessons & Tours

Let us help create a perfect day on the lake! We are here to customize a private 3-hour lesson or tour just for you or your group. Enjoy the beautiful Okanagan Lake for a special date night, or get out on the water with a small group of friends or family. Make your private tour special by booking a sunset tour or lunch picnic on the lake.

Private Lessons & Tours

Ages: For all ages 7+ 
Dates:
Available for custom bookings May 15 – October 24, 2021
Time:
Flexible, we will work with your schedule! Please contact Sailing School.
Price:
Price is dependent on the group numbers and length of lesson/tour – Please call for pricing.

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

Have questions about lessons, tours or looking for a custom booking?  Contact the KYC Sailing School [email protected] or 250-762-3310 Ext. 102.

To schedule your Private Lesson or Tour, please reach out to our KYC Sailing School Team! 

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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)