Dinghy Lessons & Summer Camps

CANSail Dinghy Camps

Everyone starts at level 1 and works through to level 6. The training follows the same style and subjects for all ages, we just match the student to the best suited boat and age group for them to maximise their chance of success.

Generally for CANSail 2 and above a student will need to complete at least 2 weeks of sailing at that level to master all the skills necessary for that level.

We use three types of boat, Optimist, Topper Topaz and 420 dinghies. Each boat gets progressively larger and quicker so as the sailors get older they grow seamlessly into each.

Helmets designed for water-sports are recommended but not required. They are highly recommended for students that are new to sailing.

We've made the booking process easier -

Follow the links opposite the section you want to our booking page; on the page you'll be asked to indicate the following –

  • Students age at time of the course (or select WetFeet for ages 5 & 6)

  • Level you want to book

  • The week you want (if the week you want doesn't show then please call our office as it's most likely full. Our sailing school manager will aim to fit you into a suitable class or put you on a wait list.


Until payment is made your space is not guaranteed and able to be booked by another participant. Payments should be made no later than noon the Friday before the course start date.

Classes are closed for bookings 5 days before the start date.

WetFeet Classes (ages 5 & 6)

Price - $150

All Classes 9 – 12 or 1 - 4

W1: July 8 - 12 

W2: July 15 – 19
W3: July 22 – 26 
W4: July 29 – Aug 2 (FULL)
W5: Aug 12 – 16

W6: Aug 19 - 23

All other ages (7 through 18)

Junior Members Price - $270;

Non Members - $295;

All Classes 9 – 4pm

S1: July 2 - 5 ($240 - 4 day class)

S2: July 8 – 12
S3: July 15 – 19
S4: July 22 – 26
S5: July 29 – Aug 2 

S6: Aug 6 - 9 ($240 - 4 day class) 

S7: Aug 12 – 16
S8: Aug 19 – 23 (limited availability)
S9: Aug 26 – 30 (limited availability)


​Bookings are taken from March 1st 2018 for our public summer camp programs

To book online click the button in each category.

Cancellation Policy:

A cancellation fee of $50 plus transaction fees will be charged on ALL cancellations up to 14 days before the scheduled course start date. No refunds will be made for cancellations made less than 14 days before course start date. All courses are subject to minimum enrollment numbers. Courses rescheduled within 14 days of start date will not be eligible for refund if cancelled later.

Sessions will be pulled within 14 days of start date should we not reach minimum numbers of 4.

400 Newcastle Ave. Nanaimo, BC

T: 250-754-7011

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