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Learn to Sail

Our affordable CANSail 1/2 and 3/4 courses as well as our mid-week Social Sailing program — unique to our club — prepare you to be out on the water quickly and safely. At TISC we're proud of our comprehensive Learn To Sail course. Our courses are taught by certified Sail Canada instructors. See below for a complete description for each course and registration links. Sign up early as these classes fill up quickly.

CANSail 1/2

For formal basic sailing training, CANSail 1/2 introduces novice members to boat handling, the different points of sail, and other basic sailing skills. Mastery of this course will give you what you need to move from Novice to Helms!

Both CANSail 1/2 A and CANSail 1/2 B are sold out, but you can still take advantage of our unique social sailing program! 

Social sailing takes place on Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday evenings. Novice sailors are paired with experienced sailors. This allows members to learn skills at their own pace. You will have the opportunity to improve your skills and achieve Helms, Senior Helms or Skipper status throughout. After social sailing, we fire up the BBQs and socialize over a potluck. Bring something to BBQ for yourself, and something to share! We have limited spaces remaining for social sailing in the 2019 season, so sign up soon!

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CANSail 3/4

For formal intermediate sailing training, we offer CANSail 3/4, in which the finer points of sail trim and specialized skills like rudderless sailing and roll tacking are mastered. With this course under your belt you'll be ready to try the Skippers test. A student in CANSail 3/4 must have already passed CANSail 1/2.

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Our schedule will be posted in the spring

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