Learn to Sail - you can do it!

KYC is an inclusive neighbourhood sailing club founded in 1934 with the goal of fostering amateur sailing on English Bay. 


Vancouver has many yacht and sailing clubs, but the Kitsilano Yacht Club experience offers community, friendship, and the ability to get out on the water at any level and with any amount of experience. 


KYC offers a number of opportunities to build your sailing skills, starting from lessons for those who have never sailed (or did a long time ago) to those who want to challenge themselves, want to introduce their partner to sailing (but are unsure how) or just want to improve their racing performance.  


As your skill develops, it is easy to move into another of our programs to further build your skills and discover your inner athlete, regardless of age. 

Register now for all Learn to Sail classes, Adults and Children!


Learn to Sail Beginner (Adult/Teen) CANSail 1 

Looking for a new sport? Sailed on a lake years ago?  Get out on the water with Adult/Teen beginner lessons! Whether you are new to sailing, or sailed long ago, this will be a great start to your sailing career. 

New this year: we will be offering CANSail  Levels 1 and 2, starting mid May     

Register here for:

1)three Sundays from 10am-3pm or

2) four Saturdays OR Sundays from 11am-3pm or

3) five consecutive evenings (Sunday-Thursday) from 4:30-7:30pm (1st day starts at 4pm)

$350 or $325 for KYC Members, including Sail Canada registration


Don't see what you are looking for? Tell us which option and days work for you this summer!


Learn to Sail with your Child

Looking for a new outdoor family-friendly activity?  KYC offers the unique program of "Learn to Sail with your Child: ideal for parents, grandparents, uncles, aunts, Big Brothers and Big Sisters, and all you adults looking for a way to connect with the child in your life!

Register here so you can set sail during the first four weeks of June on either:

 1) Friday evenings from 4:30-7:30pm OR

2) Saturday evenings from 4:30-7:30pm

$350 for non-Members and $325 for KYC Members, per Adult/Child pair

Ready to set sail?   Please let us know which days & times work you would prefer!

Interested in weekday afternoon or evening sessions?   Let us know!

Child must be between 6 and 11 years old and comfortable in getting under water.  You will both get wet!


Learn to Sail Children & Youth

Learn to Sail and Race Optimist: KYC is home to a growing fleet of Optimists under the leadership of former Olympian and multi-award winning coach Tine Moberg-Parker. The Optimist, a very stable small boat with a single sail, is the perfect single-handed boat for children age 6-15 to learn to sail, increase their self-confidence, physical literacy and develop strong racing skills that will carry them on to other KYC fleets as they age out of the Optimist.  

Join the Optimists on Tuesdays from 4:15-6:15, starting April 4.

Laser Race Team: This is perfect for the teen who prefers to sail solo and be in charge of their own success or failure.

Finesse your skills in starts, mark rounding, boat handling, tuning and hiking, and overall seamanship with a friendly group who encourage each other to be their best.

Laser Race Team trains  Saturdays from 10am to 4 pm, starting May 6   Come sail with them!

Learn to Sail and Race 420:  Sailed Optis and looking for your next challenge? Never sailed but want to try? Do you prefer to hang out with a friend or sibling? You can sail with a partner on a Club 420!

Join the 420 Teens on  Saturdays from 10am to 4pm, starting May 6 



Learn to Sail for Homeschoolers

You know what’s best for your child.  Interested in developing a new skill that isn’t part of the typical school curriculum?  With our customized sailing programs, you can learn with your child! Learn about wind, tides and currents and of course how to become one with your boat as you move efficiently through the water.

Talk to us about your interests and curriculum needs and we will design a program for your cohort.

Parents are welcome to join in the learning experience.

Prices vary depending on content and number of participants.


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