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Adult 2024 Registration Is Open for both Dinghy and Keel boat courses!  


Spend Summer Evenings or Weekends on the Water


It doesn’t get any better than spending the summer sailing. And with our location on the idyllic Toronto Islands and our reputation as one of the friendliest clubs on the lake, there’s no better place to learn. Our participants range in age from 18 to 70, and no experience is necessary.


Choose from our Dinghy Sailing Course or our Keelboat Cruising Course.


Both courses include:

  • Transportation from Downtown Toronto to the club, on our private tender
  • Access to QCYC for the season and borrowing privileges for our 2 Learn to Sail dinghies
  • Access on our tender to the island for the entire summer season, included for free with your Club tender pass (included with Adult and Youth lessons)


Learn to Sail (Dinghies)



8-lesson (weeknight) course

June 18th-July 11th or

July 16th -August 8th

This course, which is internationally recognized by the Sail Canada standards, is designed to teach the beginner the necessary skills to act as both skipper and crew on a small dinghy. In small groups of 6 to 8 people, students learn sail theory, on-water safety and practical sailing skills from experienced and certified instructors. Graduates will receive CANSail 1 and/or CANSail 2 certification.


This 4-week course runs on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6:30 to 9:30 pm for a total of 8 sessions. Catch the QCYC tender at 6:15!


Learn to Sail (Keelboats)


Basic Keelboat Cruising at  QCYC with 2 options

4-lesson (weekend) course: July 20, 21, 27, 28

5-lesson (weekday) course:  July 22 - 26 

QCYC has partnered with Humber Bay Sailing Club (HBSC) to offer these courses at QCYC for a limited time.   Sign up right away if you are interested to secure your spot. Receive practical and theoretical training for an internationally recognized certification. Learn the skills to sail a 30-foot keelboat safely and efficiently in this hands-on course. Twenty-eight hours of training with a Sail Canada certified instructor on a 31 foot keelboat.  Upon completion of this course you should be able to sail a keelboat of up to 10 metres safely and efficiently in moderate wind and sea conditions by day.

  • 28 hours of On-water & Theory instruction on a 9.5 metre keelboat (HUNTER 31).

  • Sail Canada textbook and pre-course package.

  • Sail Canada Registration, Logbook and Sail Canada seal.

  • Taught by Sail Canada certified instructors.

Courses are 28 hours of instruction time on a Hunter 31. Click the link below for more information including pricing and scheduled instruction time.




Introduction to Sailing 


Not quite sure you are ready for a full week program but would love to try it out? We will be offering evening "Introduction to Sailing" courses July 23rd and July 25th.  If these dates sell out, we will try to offer other days this same week.




Email learntosail@qcyc.ca if you have any questions.