2024 Learn to Sail Programs

Leadership and Teamwork are among the many skills acquired when learning to sail.

Summer Sessions for Youth 

The Shelburne Sailing Academy Summer Sessions for kids and teens (age 7 and up) meet Monday thru Friday from 9am – 3:30pm and include classroom instruction, practical hands-on experience on the water, and lots of fun games and activities both on shore and off.

Summer Sessions begin July 1st and run for 8 weeks until August 30th. Certain discounts apply for multiple sessions.

For more information, check out this short video:

This year, the Shelburne Sailing Academy at SHYC is overseen by our Sailing Director and our team of CANSail certified instructors, many of whom have come up through the Academy’s ranks. All instructors are certified by Sail Canada, the sport’s national governing body.

This year’s programs include:

  • Introduction to Sailing (“Wet Feet”) Ages 7 and up. CANSail level 1.
    • Weeks 1-8, inclusive.
  • Intermediate Sailing (Learn to Sail). Ages 10+. CANSail levels 2-3
    • Weeks 1- 8, inclusive.
  • Advanced Sailing (Learn to Race). CANSail levels 4-6 (subject to student’s prior experience).

Space is limited. Register soon

Weekend Adult Learn to Sail

Once again, Shelburne Sailing Academy at SHYC is pleased to offer an Adult Learn To Sail program on select weekends this summer. The program will consist of 2.5 day weekends which include a Friday evening practical demonstration of sailboat equipment and sailing techniques followed by two days of on-water sailing with CANSail certified instructors together with accomplished SHYC member dinghy sailors.

For 2024, we are offering a coeducational weekend, (date TBD) and our women-only Women on Water (WoW) weekend (date TBD).

A 1.5 day refresher course for WoW students will be on (date TBD). (WoW II)

Space is limited. Register soon

In addition to sailing instruction, your Adult Learn-to-Sail program includes:

  • Wednesday night and Friday night racing on the inner harbour.
  • Free loaner program featuring Opti-class and Albacore-class boats.
  • Full membership in SHYC with access to all club facilities, including the new Upper Deck pub.

Sail all summer long without even owning a boat!” 

For more information, email: shelburne.sailing.academy@gmail.com


  • CANSail is the skills classification system used by Sail/Canada, the sport’s national governing body. 
  • Free loaner program subject to availability for qualified participants.