Junior Sailing Lessons

The Junior Sailing Program at Hudson Yacht Club has got it all for aspiring young sailors! Our enthusiastic staff of instructors and coaches is to teach and inspire your kids, in a program for all sailing levels.

We are committed to accommodate the growing demand we have experienced in the Junior Sailing Program. Our priority remains the safety of the children, as well as providing well-maintained equipment, knowledgeable instructors and quality instruction in a friendly and fun environment!

The programs are based on the Sail Canada “CanSail” Program. This competency based program provides safe and standardized instruction for recreation and competition in sailing dinghies. Students are instructed in sailing theory, sailing technique and care and maintenance of the boats. Priority is given to on-water practice of these skills.


Programs are available to Members and Non-members between the ages of 6 and 18. Please note that Members will be given priority for registrations up to and including May 1, 2018.

Space in the program is limited in order to ensure the safety of the children and the quality of instruction.

CanSail 1 & 2

CanSail 1 is the introductory level for Sail Canada based certification. Beginners are introduced to and taught the basic skills of sailing in Squadron 13’s, (3-4 sailors per boat). These levels cover safety, seamanship and boat handling in light to medium wind.

In CanSail 2, sailors continue to develop those sames skills while beginning to understand the technical aspects of the boat as well as the common safety precautions sailors take. Upon completion of CanSail 2, the student will be able to sail competently with confidence in nearly all wind conditions. Sailors are now ready fro the thrill of Cansail 3 & 4!

CanSail 3 & 4

At this level, sailors develop their skills further to improve their boat speed and handling through tuning and maintenance. The students will also learn the fundamentals of racing. They will get a shot at competitive racing in 420’s at local regattas. After completing their CanSail 4 they are encouraged to continue on to CanSail 5 & 6.

Opti Learn to Sail

The best sailors in the world started on the OPTI class! This program offers the chance to complete levels CanSail 1 & 2 in a singlehanded boat.

Opti Learn to Sail Fast

This program gives sailors the chance to complete their CanSail 3 & 4 in an OPTI while learning the basics of racing.

Sailing is Fun!

Just for the fun of it… no books… no levels. These sessions are one week, for kids who would like to experience sailing. Try it!


  • Life-jacket: All students will be required to furnish and wear a M.O.T. approved life jacket when on or near the water. Life-jackets should be of a bright colour.
  • Change of clothing.
  • Sailing shoes: All students will be required to wear soft soled sailing shoes or the equivalent at all times.
  • All students must be able to swim and tread water.

PLEASE NOTE : Until May 1, 2018, Club Members will have priority when registering their children. After that date any openings in the program will be filled on a first-come-first-served basis, Members and Non-Members alike.

2018 Junior Sailing Program Information

To register, please complete and return the appropriate form;

2018 Junior Registration Form

2018 Race Team Registration Form

Coming soon: We are currently programming online registration forms. Stay tuned, as they will be ready in the very near future!