Oakville Yacht Squadron

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OPTI Charter
Single Handed Race Team sailors participating in the Learn to Race Opti Program will have the opportunity to charter a Opti for the July and/or August. Damage deposit of $1000.00 will be collected at the beginning of the sailing season. Please note : Chartered Boats are only allowed to be used with the presence of a OYS Employed Sailing Instructor
$200.00
plus HST(13%)
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July Opti Charter
$200.00
plus HST(13%)
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August Opti Charter
Laser Charter
Sailors have the opportunity to charter a laser for the summer season. 1 Laser is available for charter. Charter boats must only be used under the supervision of a OYS employed sailing instructor.
$500.00
plus HST(13%)
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Laser Charter for Summer Session
Adult Dinghy Lessons
The OYS Sailing School Adult program provides a safe and enjoyable introduction to sailing and boating. The program is designed for all learning objectives and levels of experience. Our adult program offers small classes sizes with great instructor to boat ratios. Our classes are tough in our new fleet of RS Quests. These boats are extremely stable and spacious; great learning vessels. Sailors can expect to learn basic boat handling and sail trim, water safety, knots, how to high and de-rig a bot, basic weather patterns, fundamental sailing terminology and skills and self rescue techniques. Sessions are held on Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 5:00pm - 8:30pm for two weeks; with 14 hours of on-the-water training. Certificates are awarded upon successful completion of a set of practical skills and demonstrated knowledge at each level.
$450.00
plus HST(13%)
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Session 1 - June 30th, July 2nd, July 7th and July 9th
$450.00
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Session 2 - July 14th, July 16th, July 21st and July 23rd
$450.00
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Session 3 - July 28th, July 30th, August 4th and August 6th
$450.00
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Session 4 - August 11th, August 13th, August 18th and August 20th
Wet Feet - 2 Week Sessions
The OYS Wet Feet program provides a safe, fun, and exciting introduction to sailing. We recommend this program for kids from 7 years old to 10 years old. Our program introduces these young sailors to fundamental sailing skills including balancing the boat, steering, rigging and de-rigging the boat and tacking. The Wet Feet program makes use of our extremely stable fleet of Optimist dinghies. For a balanced program, kids can expect their days to be filled with games and activities in addition to sailing. Kids can anticipate to participate in a variety of games and activities to complement their newly learned sailing knowledge. This program is offered in two week sessions and as a one week session running Monday through Friday throughout July and August running from 8:30am to 3:30pm.
Session 1 - Two Weeks
Session 2 - Two Weeks
Session 3 - Two Weeks
Session 4 - Two Weeks
Wet Feet - 1 Week Session

The OYS Wet Feet program provides a safe, fun, and exciting introduction to sailing. We recommend this program for kids from 7 years old to 10 years old. Our program introduces these young sailors to fundamental sailing skills including balancing the boat, steering, rigging and de-rigging the boat and tacking. The Wet Feet program makes use of our extremely stable fleet of Optimist dinghies. For a balanced program, kids can expect their days to be filled with games and activities in addition to sailing. Kids can anticipate to participate in a variety of games and activities to complement their newly learned sailing knowledge. This program is offered in two week sessions and as a one week session running Monday through Friday throughout July and August running from 8:30am to 3:30pm. Although this program is offered as a 1 week program, the skills required for this level may require longer than 1 week to obtain.

Session 1 - One Week
Session 2 - One Week
Session 3 - One Week
Session 4 - One Week
Session 5 - One Week
Session 6 - One Week
Session 7 - One Week
Session 8 - One Week
Session 9 - One Week
CANSail 1/2 -1 Week Sessions
The CANSail 1 & 2 introductory program focuses on fun, safety and fundamental sailing skills. Sailors will learn skills including boat balance, sail trim, heading up, tacking, gybing, leadership, knots, basic weather patterns, docking and sailing terminology. These skills are creatively crafted into fun and unique lessons by our team of qualified and experienced instructors both on and off the water. The CANSail 1 program is taught in our fleet of RS Fevas, and the CANSail 2 program is taught in our brand new RS Quests. These vessels are known for their stability on the water, and easy maneuverability; excellent learning vessels. Programs are offered in one or two week sessions Monday to Friday during July and August running from 8:30am to 3:30pm. Although this program is offered as a 1 week program, the skills required for this level may require longer than 1 week to obtain.
Session 1 - One Week
Session 2 - One Week
Session 3 - One Week
Session 4 - One Week
Session 5 - One Week
Session 6 - One Week
Session 7 - One Week
Session 8 - One Week
Session 9 - One Week
CANSail 1 & 2 - 2 Week Sessions
The CANSail 1 & 2 introductory program focuses on fun, safety and fundamental sailing skills. Sailors will learn skills including boat balance, sail trim, heading up, tacking, gybing, leadership, knots, basic weather patterns, docking and sailing terminology. These skills are creatively crafted into fun and unique lessons by our team of qualified and experienced instructors both on and off the water. The CANSail 1 program is taught in our fleet of RS Fevas, and the CANSail 2 program is taught in our brand new RS Quests. These vessels are known for their stability on the water, and easy maneuverability; excellent learning vessels. Programs are offered in one or two week sessions Monday to Friday during July and August running from 8:30am to 3:30pm.
Session 1 - Two Weeks
Session 2 - Two Weeks
Session 3 - Two Weeks
Session 4 - Two Weeks
Extended Camp Care
Available for sailors who need to be dropped off or picked up outside of our regular hours. The OYS Sailing School Program is flexible for those guardians who need to take some extra time. Extended hours in the morning will begin at 8:00 AM and in the afternoon be offered from 3:30 – 5:00 PM.
Week 1 - June 29th - July 3rd
Week 2 - July 6th - July 10th
Week 3 - July 13th - July 17th
Week 4 - July 20th - July 24th
Week 5 - July 27th - July 31st
Week 6 - August 3rd - August 7th
Week 7 - August 10th - August 14th
Week 8 - August 17th - August 21st
Week 9 - August 24th - August 28th
CANSail 3 & 4 - 4 Week Sessions
CANSail 3 & 4 progressively builds and develops the skills in CANSail 1 & 2, with a focus on keeping the sailor engaged with appropriate learning opportunities. The CANSail 3 & 4 program is privileged to use our large fleet of 420 dinghies. The 420 dinghies are performance boats sailed double handed being stabile at higher speeds and a modest sail area make this vessel ideal for racing. This program focuses on teamwork, boat balance and steering in various conditions, appropriate sail trim for accelerating and stopping, sailing upwind, rounding marks via gybing and tacking, tactics and strategy in regatta participation and seamanship. Our instructors develop engaging lessons that help to build these skills whilst providing an exciting day of on the water sailing activities these sailors love. In this program, there is an opportunity for local regatta participation. Regatta participation is a highlight for our sailors in this program, and parental support is needed for chaperoning, hauling trailers, travel planning and regatta assistance. Please note that regatta fees and travel expenses are not included in the program fee. Coaching will be provided at regattas. Programs are offered in 4 week sessions Monday to Friday during July and August running from 8:30am to 3:30pm.
Session 1 - 4 Weeks
Session 2 - 4 Weeks
Opti Learn to Race
In the OYS Opti Learn to Race program, sailors will be working towards their achieve their CANSail 3 & 4. The Opti racers continue to develop their skills by introducing a new racing aspect. Sailors will learn leadership, boat balance and steering in various conditions, hiking, appropriate sail trim for desired destination including accelerating and stopping, sailing upwind, rounding marks via gybing and tacking, and race tactics and strategy; all with a focus surrounding racing. Sailors in this program are required provide their own Optimist dinghy, charters are available through the OYS Sailing School. The Oakville Yacht Squadron is a sailing centre of excellence for racers in the GTA. To maintain this level of excellence, a higher level of commitment from our racers and parents is required. Regatta participation is a highlight for our sailors in this program and parental support is required by way of chaperoning, hauling trailers, travel planning and regatta assistance. Please note that regatta fees and travel expenses are not included in the program fee. Coaching will be provided at regattas. Offered in 4 week sessions in July and August, Monday to Friday, 8:30am-3:30pm. Sailors may elect to return for a second 4 week session. Extended camp care is available.
Session 1 - 4 Weeks
Session 2 - 4 Weeks
Laser Race Team
In this program, the advancing sailors’ skills are enhanced and applied to sailing faster and competitively. Sailors will be working towards completing their CANSail 5 & 6. These enthusiastic sailors will experience more challenging training sessions while mastering and combining previously learned skills in a race focused environment. This program focuses on fine tuning the sailors’ sailing proficiency. Sailors will learn imperative racing skills including optimal body position in all conditions, powering up and depowering using sail controls, sheeting and steering, tactical mark rounding, gybing and tacking in all conditions, and stopping and starting on a line. Sailors in this program are required provide their own Laser dinghy, whether owned or privately chartered. Summer storage is included in the registration fee. There is one Laser Radial dinghy available for charter through the OYS Sailing School. The Oakville Yacht Squadron is a sailing centre of excellence for racers in the GTA. To maintain this level of excellence, a higher level of commitment from our racers and parents is required. Regatta participation is a highlight for our sailors in this program and parental support is required by way of chaperoning, hauling trailers, travel planning and regatta assistance. Please note that regatta fees and travel expenses are not included in the program fee. Coaching will be provided at regattas. This program is offered as a 9 week session in July and August running from 8:30am to 3:30pm.
Laser Summer Race Program

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