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Learn to Sail
One of the biggest and best sailing schools in Canada
offers lessons for students aged 6 to 69.†
Operating with a fleet of twenty boats and highly trained instructors,
programs are aimed at students of all skill and interest levels.† Graduates from learn to sail choose their own
outcomes, some opting to be content with a life of day sailing, while others
choose a more high performance, competitive path.† Programs are offered in a variety of
different formats and time schedules.†
The Learn to Sail Program registration form is available for details
regarding dates, times, and prices.† For
more information call Devin Rubadeau, Head Coach, at 764-2203.
Child and Youth Sailing Lessons
Children are divided into classes based on age and experience.†
Sailors under the age of 10 learn in Sabots (French for
little wooden shoe) and Optimists.† Class
sizes are small and long with award winning sailing instruction, games and
crafts may be offered, and safety education is emphasized. This program often
is full by early spring, and sees a regular return of students from previous
Youth aged 10 and up enter Beginner White Sail 1 or 2,
Intermediate White Sail 3, or advanced Bronze Sail 4 or 5, depending on
previous experience.† All programs follow
the Canadian Yachting Associations Learn to Sail curriculum.† As well as learning how to sail, students can
also expect to learn about boat safety, knots, basic meteorology, sailing
terms, and a slew of other boating related principles.
Adult Learn to Sail
Adult learners participate in a unique program designed to
take advantage of life experiences, working schedules and lifetime fitness
goals. Adult learners have opportunities to sail in two-person training boats
as well as in COSA membersí boats during their final class. When adult learners
reach a competent skill level, they may take out a special membership that
permits graduates to use club boats in off-instruction hours.
LTS Club Membership-Adults
Do you want to join the sailing club and enjoy sailing on
your own time - but donít own a boat? The Learn-to-Sail Club is a special
membership for participants of the Learn-to-Sail Adult Program each season.
Once competency and Head Coach approval have been reached, sailors may join the
club for approximately $200, and during non-instruction time, use one of
the clubís 8 lesson boats to practice sailing skills. The LTS Club Membership
is good for one year and meets the needs of people who donít yet have a boat and
are trying to determine which boat is right for them.
Learn to Windsurf
Once thought to be the exclusive sport of hard-bodied
adolescents, windsurfing is a sport that can be enjoyed by adults and kids (of
all body types). Instruction begins on land and students have a chance to
practice balance and sailing skills, in calm water and shallow water before
returning in to more challenging wind and waves on Lake Okanagan.
Once sailors reach basic boat competency, youth often opt
for a special developmental program where they receive advanced coaching and an
opportunity to participate at local, regional and provincial regattas.
Practices are on a weekend morning while regattas are a varied schedule
throughout the months of May to September.
COSA offers the first and only Sailing Academy in North
America. Adolescents enrolled in the Academy have the opportunity to earn high
school credits for doing what they enjoy. High school credit, recognized by the
province of BC and all universities and colleges, is given for successful
completion of the program.