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Established in 1931, Sail Canada (formerly known as the Canadian Yachting Association) is the national governing body for the sport of sailing. The Association promotes sailing in all its forms including yachting through collaboration with the partners, the Provincial Sailing Associations, member clubs, schools, and many individual stakeholders. Sail Canada programs offer safer, learning environments for any age and ability. Sail Canada is a Member National Authority of the International Sailing Federation (ISAF) representing Canada.

Sail Canada programs are widely popular in Canada. The different levels of programs include - Get Sailing Programs are introductory programs for all ages and provide training in dinghy or keelboat sailing to start cruising or safely operating a powerboat. Develop Skills Programs will develop your skills to Start racing, explore new places, become an instructor, and become an official and more. Advance Skills Programs will refine your skills, develop expertise and advance to new levels and, this will train you to be a coach, advance as an official or sail offshore. Performance Programs allow you to compete at elite levels, advance as a coach or official, or race offshore.

The CANSail Program is designed to provide challenging sailors with the skills they need to enter into fun, experiences suited to their age and stage of development. CANSail programs are offered by local clubs and schools across Canada. Keelboat, Cruising, Power and Navigation Programs provide new and developing sailors with the skills needed to operate a vessel safely and effectively in a wide range of settings. These programs cover everything from weeknight racing to weekend cruising and travelling offshore.

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Ontario ON Sailing Schools

  • Advantage Boating - Ottawa & Kingston
  • Adventure Sailing Plus - Penetanguishene
  • Port Dover Sailing School - Port Dover
  • Beaches Sailing - Toronto Islands & Harbour
  • Wavelength Sailing School - Kingston
  • Gone Sailing Adventures Sailing School - Toronto
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British Columbia BC Sailing Schools

  • Nanaimo Yacht Charters & Sailing - Nanaimo, Vancouver
  • ​Simply Sailing School - Granville Island, Vancouver
  • Island Cruising Yacht Charters and Sailing School - Sidney, Vancouver
  • Bewley Sailing - Vancouver
  • Vancouver Sailing Club (VSC) - Vancouver
  • Surrey Sailing Club (SSC) - Surrey
  • Cooper Boating - Granville Island, Vancouver
  • Tula Sailing - North Saanich
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Nova Scotia NS Sailing Schools

  • Discovery Sailing - Marriots Cove
  • Nova Scotia Sea School - Lunenburg
  • Cape Breton Sailing School - St. Peter's
  • Bedford Basin Yacht Club (BBYC) - Bedford
  • Nova Sail - Halifax
  • In Slocum's Wake Sailing - Halifax
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