Learn to Sail FAQs 2020

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Below is a list of the most common questions parents and guardians ask about our Junior Learn To Sail programs. If you have any additional questions or concerns please  contact our Learn To Sail Director, Elizabeth Jardine, at eajardine@gmail.com

CANSail Levels 1&2, 3&4:

    • Ages: Students must have finished Grade 3 (and be at least age 8).
    • Dates: June 29- Aug 21
    • Times: Classes run full week, Monday to Friday from 9:30am to 4:00pm
      • Children must be dropped and picked up between these hours. In the interest of safety, please note that the instructors are not authorized to provide supervision before or after this period. Parents must provide written permission to the Head Instructor for their children to leave the PYC premises at any time.
  • Prices: *2-week sessions are strongly recommended
      • Members:   2 week session: $280, 1 week session: $150
    • Non-members: 2 week session: $310, 1 week session: $180
  • Discounts: For members, additional weeks, and additional child in family – can be applied when you register online
    • Additional Weeks: $5.00 discount each additional week when registered at same time
    • Additional Child in Family: $10.00 discount each sibling

How do I register for Levels 1&2, 3&4

  • Registration will be completed Online.  You can access registration from our Registration page.
  • Payment will be through this on-line program. Please remember to start with the once per year $20 registration fee. This fee is used by CANSail at the provincial and national level to support sailing and learning to sail. The CANSail system allows skills gained at one club to be recognized at another club.
  • Tax Receipts: Remember to keep your receipts to apply for both the federal and provincial “Children’s Fitness Tax Credits” on your income tax return.
  • Receipts will be sent directly to you from the On-Line registration program. If you did not get a receipt, it might be getting filtered as spam, depending on the filter settings of your personal email or work. This is more common with work emails because of IT restrictions, so check your spam folder.
  • If you can’t find the receipt, not to worry as you can always log into your account by going to page (cansail.checklick.com) and entering your login credentials. Go to the course and click on the word receipt to the right. You can print this off yourself.

Wet Feet

  • Unfortunately, due to COVID-19, there will not be a  Wet Feet program in 2020.
  • Tax Receipts: Remember to keep your receipts to apply for both the federal and provincial “Children’s Fitness Tax Credits” on your income tax return.

Do classes fill up? How can I ensure a spot for my child?

  • Some sessions fill up relatively quickly.
  • You will see how many spots are available and filled each week with the On-Line registration program, or for Wet Feet by calling HRM Recreation.

Can I change my child’s sailing schedule after registration?

  • We will try to accommodate the requested schedule change but this will be subject to availability at the time of request.
  • Please contact eajardine@gmail.com to ask for a change.
  • If additional weeks are requested, simply go on-line and register for another course.

Can I cancel my enrolment?

  • Due to scheduling of instructors and in fairness to all sailors, once a sailing class is booked, refunds are not offered for cancellations, except under extraordinary circumstance.
  • A $15 administration fee will be charged.
  • Contact eajardine@gmail.com

What do students need to bring each day?

Parents must ensure that each sailor brings the following items to class each day (please label everything):

  • Canadian-approved Lifejacket or PFD (CANADIAN Coast Guard Approved, US has different standards)


    • Footwear: sneakers, beach shoes or sailing-specific “dinghy boots”. For safety reasons, all footwear must be closed-toe. Students will get their feet wet every day as they enter and exit boats. Dry-land activities will be best done with a second dry pair of sneakers.
    • Good-weather clothing: use a “layering” strategy because the temperature can vary throughout the day, and can be very different on land versus on the water. Quick- dry fabrics and a wind-proof outer layer on the upper body is recommended. Clothes will get wet and salt stained most days, and the seats of pants and shorts could get torn or ripped. Always pack a spare set of clothes. We will be selling long-sleeved dri-fit shirts. More info TBA.
    • Foul-weather clothing: a standard rain jacket, rain pants if you have them for colder wet days.
    • Bathing suit and towel
    • Sun protection clothing: to cover skin on sunny days (long sleeves, long shorts/pants, scarf or collar to protect necks)
    • Sun hat or baseball cap (snug fit recommended)
    • Sunscreen: this will have to be reapplied several times on a sunny day, practice at home, label the container
    • Sunglasses: with strap around neck – the sun reflecting off the water is hard on eyes


  • Lunch / snacks – must be completely nut free, and kiwi fruit free.
  • Water / beverages (lots of fluids, water bottle to go in coach boat, student’s name easily visible.
  •  Garbage: Each student will take home all of their own  garbage (food wrappers, drink containers) at the end of each day.
  • Bug Spray: when the wind is light, especially in the mornings, the bugs can be bad
  • We strongly recommend that each item be clearly and prominently labeled with child’s name since items will inevitably get misplaced during the course of the day.

What special activities and events are planned this year (weather permitting)?

  • Theme Days: Pirate Day, Rock Star Day, Cookie Day, etc.
  • Excursions: to local islands, West Petpeswick wharf: sailing to and swimming, weather/wind permitting
  • Sail the Channel:  weather/wind permitting
  • Parent-Child Sailing: details in planning stage, TBA

What facilities are available for storing/heating food?

  • We have a refrigerator and microwave available for students’ lunches and beverages.
  • We ask for your continued support to ensure that our facilities remain nut free.

Financial Assistance

  • Financially challenged families may qualify for up to $300 per child in funding assistance from KidSport Nova Scotia and Canadian Tire Jumpstart and RecKids. Please contact them for details and be sure to allow sufficient time for processing.
    KidSport™ Nova Scotia
    5516 Spring Garden Rd, 4th Floor Halifax, NS B3J 1G6
    Tel: (902) 425-5454 ext.350 / Fax: (902) 425-5606
    Email: kidsport@sportnovascotia.ca
  • Canadian Tire Jumpstart/Rec Kids: Google search: jumpstart.canadiantire.ca

CANSail Program Overview: LTSD – Learn to Sail Dinghy (ages 8-18)

  • Wet Feet: (ages 5-8) designed to give young sailors a fun and safe first sailing experience. learn the basics of sailing. The goal of this class is for participants to learn the basics of sailing while becoming comfortable being in a boat and on the water.
  • CANSail 1&2: Introductory program with a focus on fun, safety, and fundamental skills in any type of boat. (single/ double handed)  Fundamental stage of the LTSD.
  • CANSail 3&4: Progressively builds and develops skills learned in CANSail 1&2, with a focus on keeping the sailor engaged with stage appropriate challenges and learning. Applied skill acquisition in any type of boat (single / double handed). Learn to Sail Fast stage of the LTSD.
  • CANSail 5&6: Applied skill consolidation in any type of boat (single / double handed). Learn to Train stage of the LTSD. (not offered in 2015)
  • Sail Canada certificates and progress reports will be provided. Reports can be viewed on-line.
  • For more information, please visit Sail Canada or Sail Nova Scotia

Why should I consider becoming a PYC Member?

  • By joining PYC as a family, you are supporting wonderful recreational opportunities for you and your family and other youth in the area. Please join and support this organization so we can continue to offer programming for the youth of the area.
  • Members can participate in family sails for free and can use the club paddle boards and kayaks for free.
  • Senior PYC Members are offered premium rates for their children enrolled in our program, and adult sailing lessons are discounted for members.
  • There are many social events for senior members, including dances, TGIF socials, coffee parties, wine and cheese, lobster supper, Canada Day Events, and our club offers a lovely deck for you to sit and enjoy the view and the company.