Kids & Youth Programs 2017

2017 Kids and Youth Program Schedule

Kids & Youth courses run from 9am to 3:30pm unless otherwise specified.
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All  Kids & Youth courses run from 9am to 3:30pm unless otherwise specified.  

If you don’t see the program dates that you want, or if a program if full, please send us an email to: info@whistlersailing.com or call the Head Coach François Hébert at 604 902-4836

 New Programs:

*NEW* for 2017 – Spring Sailing Team

Start sailing in the spring and dust off the cobwebs in preparation for summer! This team is for kids and youth that have experience sailing and want to refresh their skills before taking a summer course. There is also the potential that this team will be able to travel to a regatta in Vancouver at the end of the spring season (TBD, costs/logistics unknown at this time). Dates: Sundays from 11:30-3:30pm, May 21st-June 25th. Prerequisites: Age 8+, CanSail 2 level achieved.  

2 Day Sailing (2DS)

Whistler Blackcomb offers a very popular mountain bike camp called DFX that runs 2 days per week. This sailing camps option is designed for mountain bikers to sail with us on the opposite days to DFX. Its also a good option for kids who want to try sailing but have other commitments throughout the week. This year we are offering a 6 week long 2DS program on Tues/Thurs as well as two 3 week long 2DS programs on Tues/Thurs in July and Mon/Wed in August. Participants will have the chance to complete the levels in these camps as well.  Time 9am to 3:30pm.  2 age groups 5-7 yrs or 8-12yrs

Friday Drop- In 

Friday Drop- In Program. 1 day drop-in sailing on Fridays through the summer . For kids wishing to try sailing for a day and who do not want to commit to a full week of sailing camp.  Cost $75  Time 9am to 3:30pm.  2 age groups 5-7 yrs or 8-16yrs

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Sail Canada Levels

Sail Canada, previously called the Canadian Yachting Association has moved away from the White, Bronze, Silver and Gold sailing levels to the new “CANSail” system.  White Sail 1 is now covered in CANSail 1.  White Sail 2 & 3 are now encompassed in CANSail 2.  To see how each of the old levels match up with the new CANSail levels, download the CANSail-SailorTransition pdf document.

Program Descriptions

WSA is offering learn to sail programs for children from 5 to 18 yrs of age throughout the summer. Our coaches are Sail Canada certified and our courses cover the basics of sailing in a safe and fun environment. Courses are held on Alta Lake. The sailing center is located at the former Youth Hostel site on Alta Lake Road.

 

Wet Feet (5-7)

Wet Feet is a program aimed at young children, who want to learn about sailing and water safety. This program is 5 days long from Monday to Friday. The goal of this program is to get children comfortable around boats and on the water before they go into the Optimist 1 program. Although participants will learn basic sailing skills, children will not be able to sail on their own at the completion of this course.

Due to the age of the participants there will be a maximum of 5 kids for each instructor teaching this program.

The kids will explore Alta Lake and its surrounding parks. On any given day, half of the day will be focused on water activities.  The other half will involve games, arts & crafts sessions and excursions in one of our inflatable safety boats.


Optimist 1 (8-12) and Pirate Basic (13-18)

This course is designed for beginner sailors that have never sailed before. The certified Sail Canada instructors will teach the basic sailing skills in a fun and safe environment. The course covers water safety, rigging, knots, seamanship and basic sailing maneuvers. Learning how to skipper and crew the boat builds teamwork and leadership skills. This course follows the Sail Canada curriculum and participants may obtain Sail Canada certification if all skills are demonstrated during the course.

The curriculum for the Optimist courses and the Pirate courses differ only by the type of boat used and the age of the participants.

The Optimist dinghy is the smaller boat used for the 8-12 year olds, and is sailed by 1 or 2 individuals for this course. The Pirate dinghy is the boat used for the 13-18 year olds and is sailed by 2  individuals for this course.

Optimist 2 (8-12) and Pirate Advanced (13-18)

Prerequisite Optimist 1 or Pirate Basic

This is a more advanced course for those who have completed the Optimist 1 or Pirate Basic program. The emphasis is on developing boat handling skills, independence and safety. Once completed, students should be able to sail with confidence with increased independence.  This course will follow the CANSail 2 curriculum participants may obtain CANSail certification if all skills are demonstrated during the course.

The curriculum for the Optimist 2 course and the Pirate Advanced courses differ only by the type of boat used.

The Optimist dinghy is the smaller boat used for the 8-12 year olds, and is sailed by 1 person for this course. The Pirate dinghy is the boat used for the 13-18 year olds and is sailed by 2 for this course.

Optimist 3

This is a more advanced course for those who have completed the Optimist 2.  The emphasis is on more advanced skills with focus on sailing faster and more efficiently. The rules of the water, safety and basic racing skills and strategies are part of this course. This course will follow the CANSail 3 curriculum.
Participants may obtain CANSail certification if all skills are demonstrated during the course.

This course has more content than CANSail 1 and 2 courses and will generally require 2 weeks to complete the curriculum.

 

Laser Performance Clinics

The Laser Sailboat is a high performance dinghy sailed all over the world. The Laser Radial is used as the women’s Olympic class and the Laser Standard is used as the men’s Olympic class. In this clinic the focus will be on sailing fast and more efficiently. Basic racing strategy and tactics will be covered. We will take your boat handling skills to the next level. Tacks, gybes, mark roundings, hiking, etc. You must be capable of sailing a dinghy on your own for this course. Prerequisite CANSail 2 or equivalent is required.

 

Private Lessons

Private lessons tailored to your child’s needs are available by request: Maximum of 4 participants.

  • 2 hr private $150
  • 3 hr private $225
  • 4 hr private $300

Registration email:info@whistlersailing.com or call us at (604) 902-4836

Program Registration

Register online with the Zone4 registration system.

Click here for a PDF of our 2017 Waiver for Minors 

For more information on our Kids & Youth programs contact Francois Hebert, our Head Coach at: info@whistlersailing.com

Watch a video of some of our students strutting their stuff out on the water.

What to Bring

Kids should bring the following items to the course every day:

1. Lunch, water and snacks. There is no food available on site.
2. Hat
3. Sunscreen
4. Towel
5. Change of clothes
6. Old sneakers or water shoes. Shoes must have a closed toe and heel.   Flip flops are not allowed!
7. Bathing suit
8. Wind breaker or waterproof jacket
9. Clothes appropriate for the weather of the day

Whistler Sailing Association
6468 Balsam Way
Whistler, BC, V0N 1B6

604 229-2291

info@whistlersailing.com

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