Learn To Sail Program




If you have any further questions or require more information please contact Beth Graham at sailprogram@peyc.ca

Prince Edward Yacht Clubs’ Learn to Sail program has some EXCITING NEWS!

We are thrilled to announce that PEYC Learn to Sail program is a recipient of the Ontario Trillium Foundation grant for 2022.  This grant will assist us in providing new opportunities for our Sailing students.

Some of the highlights for this coming sailing season are 6 brand new ‘Zest’ dinghies, a new chase boat, and a brand-new trailer to act as the new ‘Clubhouse’ for the 2022 season and beyond.  With the financial support of the grant, we also hope to offer some new opportunities for our sailors, including more race training and possible participation in local regattas.
You can register below.  Be sure to register soon, to ensure your spot! It’s going to be a fantastic time on the water this summer!
General Info: Learn To Sail Program

The Learn to Sail program gives students between age ten and eighteen an opportunity to learn how to sail and have a great summer while enjoying their time on the water.

This sailing program is run by Prince Edward Yacht Club. The sailing camp is located at the Waupoos Marina about a 15 minute drive from Picton. Waupoos Marina is an ideal and spacious setting for learning to sail with clear water in a protected area to the open lake.

At the PEYC Learn to Sail Program sailors will learn boat handling, sailing skills, safety on the water, knot tying, boat terminology as well as rigging techniques! Our boats range from beginner Topper Topazes to more advanced 420’s and Lasers.

We run the camp for 6 weeks in the summer, four weeks in July and two weeks in August. Please note the camp will run on civic holidays (Canada Day and the August long weekend) To contact our Learn to Sail Program please email ​sailprogram@peyc.ca 

CanSail Program:

We offer the CanSail program with levels 1/2 and 3/4.

CanSail 1: Fundamental information on sailing, students will learn the basics and get an understanding of crewing a boat as well as some skippering experience. (it will require a minimum of 2 weeks to complete all the required elements of this course)

CanSail 2: Continuing to build on the basics of sailing as well as improving skippering and problem solving.(it will require a minimum of 2 weeks to complete the required elements of this course)

CanSail 3: Is a comprehensive course and is designed for intermediate to advanced level sailors, who have completed their CANSail 2.  A higher level of sailing, Students will be skippering and they will start to learn about race tactics, roll tacks, the physics of sailing and wind vectors. (It will take a minimum of four weeks to accomplish the demonstration of the advanced  sailing techniques)

CanSail 4: Is the highest level of the CanSail program that  we offer and it focuses on introducing sailors to more advanced sailing techniques. This level will expand on  concepts of CanSail 3 but to a more consistent level.  (It will take a minimum of four weeks to accomplish the demonstration of the advanced  sailing techniques.)

To learn more about the CANSail levels  please visit the Sail Canada website here ​CANSail Dinghy

The price per week is $363.00. Yacht Club members receive a 10% discount. We encourage the students to attend the camp for a two week training session . This will allow them a  better opportunity to succeed at achieving their levels, but it is not a  requirement.

Cansail Sessions for 2022 (Program operates from 9am until 4pm)
Session 1 – July 04-08
Session 2 – July 11-15
Session 3 – July 18-22
Awards Presentation & BBQ – July 22nd.
Session 4 – July 25-29
Session 5 – August 01-05
Session 6 – August 08-12
Session  7 – August 15 – 19
Awards Presentation & BBQ – August  19th.

Camp set up: June 27 – July 01
Camp closing: August 22 – August 26

PEYC Learn to Sail Student Code of Conduct:
At the PEYC Learn to Sail Program we do not tolerate inappropriate or irresponsible behaviour from any of our sailors. We expect young sailors to show respect to their peers, instructors, equipment and the environment. Here is our student code of conduct that we ask all sailors and their parents to sign upon arrival at the camp.

Download Form Code of Conduct

How to Register:
You are able to register through Checklick here: ​Prince Edward Yacht Club -Learn To Sail

Need Assistance: We want to be able to provide every child with sailing experience and be able to enjoy a summer on the water regardless of their financial situation. The Camps of Hope in affiliation with The Children’s Foundation pays the registration for families in need.

Please click on ​Camps of Hope​ for eligibility requirements and an online application form. To download a paper copy of the application form click here!     Please note: If you are applying through Camps of Hope you do not register on Checklick.

We also offer 10% off the registration fee for PEYC club members.


Health and safety protocols and guidelines:
Covid message and sickness guidelines:

At PEYC we are conscious of the current pandemic and we have put many new protocols and practices in place to help combat the spread of Covid-19. Upon arrival students have been washing their hands, answering the covid checklist questions and have been getting their temperature taken before entering the common area. Sailors and instructors have been solo in their boats and have been practicing social distancing while on land. Students have been continuing to wash their hands throughout the day. The students have had their own personal “bubble” and have kept their belongings within that space. Sailors have also been sanitizing their boats daily as well as the equipment they use. Sailors have had their own water bottles and have been wearing masks at all times other than while on the water and while eating.

Lightning and storm protocol:

Should the sail camp on water activity be delayed due to severe weather the camp will continue with onland training and lessons. Our PEYC sailing instructors are qualified to make these decisions and assess the situation to avoid the risk and danger of sailing in high wind/ storms. The instructors access radar technology and also use their judgement with an emphasis on safety.

Concussion info and protocol:

At PEYC we take concussions very seriously and have been continuing to educate our students and their families on the seriousness of​ concussions. Here is some information on concussions from Ontario Sailing Concussion Information.​ Here is some more resources for info on concussions ​Mayo Clinic- Concussions.​ This is the official Sail Canada concussion protocol Concussion Protocol- Sail Canada​.  To help our sailors understand the importance of taking concussions and head injuries seriously we are requiring that students and their parents/ guardians sign an Ontario Sailing concussion code of conduct. For the document click here.

 What to bring to camp:

We require students to wear lifejackets on the water at all times, personal flotation devices (PFD) must be Transport Canada approved. Also sailors must be able to swim comfortably wearing a flotation device and be able to tread water for 5 minutes. . Also we ask that students bring , lunches and snacks, sunscreen, a hat, ​closed toed shoes,​ a swimsuit and rainy/foul weather gear for colder and stormy days. A dry change of clothes and shoes would be a good idea so they are not going home wet.



Instructor/ volunteer Info:
Meet our instructors!

Hi! I’m Lucy de Cartier and I’m a CanSail 1/2 Instructor at PEYC! This is my fourth year of teaching in the county and I’ve been a part of thisLucy program since 2013. I am from Toronto but I live in Montreal during the school year studying history and political science at McGill. I am a Sail Canada qualified instructor with first aid and CPR qualifications. I love spending my summers out on the water sharing my love for sailing! I am super excited for this season and I hope to see you all at Waupoos soon!


Hello, my name is Angelique Singh and I’m your CanSail 3/4 instructor! I started sailing in 2014 and this summer will be my fourth year of teaching at PEYC. I am going into my second year at the University of Ottawa and am studying chemical engineering. Throughout the summer I sail my laser as well as race on keelboats. When I’m not sailing, I can be found in the pool or on the slopes. I’m so excited to share my passion for this sport and my love for this summer camp with all of you 🙂  Angelique Singh





Hi! My name is Serra Hamilton and I’m one of your  Cansail 1 &2 instructors! I’ve been a part of this program since I was ten years old and am delighted to return to Waupoos for my second year as an instructor. I’m a qualified Sail Canada Instructor and have also earned my first aid and coach boat safety qualifications. Sailing has played a huge part in my life, helping me develop my confidence and fueling my love of being out on the water. I hope to help future sailors find the same spark I did in this program. I can’t wait to meet you all! See you out on the water.

How to become a volunteer:

At PEYC we are always very grateful for volunteer assistance to run the camp. The job of our volunteers is to help assist the instructors as well as support young sailors. To become a volunteer you must have completed your CanSail 4 and be accepted by the camp director. We do have a volunteer code of conduct to ensure proper practice in the program. All volunteers over the age of eighteen (18) require a Police Background check.

How to become an instructor:

Becoming a Sail Canada certified instructor is not an easy task and includes many steps but is very rewarding! Becoming an instructor means that you get to share your love of sailing with younger kids and the satisfaction of passing on your knowledge to others.

Prerequisites to becoming an instructor are CanSail 4 certification,your boat licence (PCOC), certification in first aid and CPR. The instructor must complete an Ontario Sailing fundamentals course, a coach boat safety course, LTSD online module and finally complete your CanSail 1/2 or 3/4 clinic.

To have a clearer understanding of the steps to becoming a sailing instructor here is the link to a flow chart created by Ontario Sailing. OS New Instructor Pathway

We look forward to seeing you in 2022!!