Learn to Sail

Learn to Sail

 
 

Good news! We can run OPTI 1&2 and CanSail 1 to 4 programs this summer!

There are however, some new Ministry of Health rules and guidelines designed to prevent the spread of COVID-19 infections and keep our sailors and coaches safe and healthy. Here is a summary of new features of the LTS programs that will run in 2020.

  • We must limit the number of sailors enrolled in each class to ensure we can conform to recommended physical distancing protocols. However, with the unfortunate cancellation of our Wet Feet programs due to Ministry of Health requirements, we have been able to add more OPTI and CanSail courses.
  • Boat capacity will be limited to one sailor per boat except for family groupings.
  • Sailors will be assigned to a boat at the commencement of a course and will use only that boat for the duration of the course.
  • Each sailor must be able to use washrooms without assistance
  • Sailors must provide their own PDFs (life jackets) for the course. Sharing PDFs is not allowed.
  • To comply with physical distancing protocols in boats and on the docks, we will not be able to have volunteers assisting in courses. This is very sad for our eager volunteers who want to gain experience to become coaches themselves. Hopefully, we will have them back with us next year.

You will notice a much-enhanced cleaning and sanitizing program compared to previous years. We are serious about infection control!

You will also notice that we have a fantastic team of instructors. Some are returning after coaching for us last year, we have some new additions plus we have added a new, highly experienced head instructor. Despite COVID-19, this should be a great year for LTS!

2020 Wet Feet Program Cancelled

Thank you for supporting Deep Cove Yacht Club Learn to Sail by enrolling a child or children in our Wet Feet program for very young sailors. We much appreciate your trust in us.

This makes it doubly difficult to tell you that provincial health guidelines to control COVID-19 infections prevent us from offering Wet Feet courses in 2020.

Wet Feet has always been a wonderfully successful program bringing joy, seamanship and sportsmanship to our young students. We share your disappointment in being unable to continue this great tradition this year.

Please note the following in respect to your current or future bookings:

  • If the BC Ministry of Health extends the self isolation period to the summer,  we will cancel the program, give you a full refund and make every effort to give you at least 14 days cancellation notice before your course date so you have time to make alternative arrangements.

  • If at any time before your child's course starts you would like to cancel your booking due to the COVID-19 pandemic we will provide you with a full refund.

We hope all our registered participants will choose to stay with the program and in the meantime, please stay safe and healthy. We have heard from many of you to say you hope we can still provide our programme and we are still planning to see you all for some long needed fun on the water this summer!

Best Regards, 
Chris Seed, LTS Director.

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Questions? please e-mail ltsatdcyc@gmail.com

Kids Sailing Programs
The Deep Cove Yacht Club is a non-profit organization offering internationally recognized learn to sail programs designed by the Sail Canada and BC Sailing. We have been offering these services to the community for over 25 years!

All of our instructors are certified and specialize in Wet Feet and Opti-level programs. Our modern fleet of boats includes 420 dinghies, Laser I & II, Pirate, Optimist and Oppi.

NEW for 2020
To give students the opportunity to practice what they are learning in class or to brush up on skills they have learned in previous courses, this year we are offering practice sessions - additional sailing time either after class or on weekends. Sailing skills are the same as any other - they can only improve with practice.
Cost and scheduling will depend on the level of interest and the needs of the students but we encourage anyone interested to sign up now so we can begin the planning and scheduling process. We will keep you informed every step of the way in plenty of time for you to decide if timing and costs work for you. 

Students who are taking or have taken these courses are eligible for extra practice sessions:
Opti 1, 2, CS 1, 2, 3 & 4

Cancellation Policy (Revised)

All cancellations must be submitted in writing or via email. Refund amount will vary depending on when the cancellation is received. Note there is an administration fee charged for cancellations.

  • Cancellations received 14 days prior to the course start: 90% refund, 10% admin fee
  • Cancellations received 8-13 days prior to the course start: 70% refund, 30% admin fee
  • Cancellation received 7 or fewer days prior to┬áthe course start - No Refund

Confirmation

You will receive an onscreen confirmation page after you complete your online registration; this is also your payment receipt. Please bring a copy of your registration confirmation on the day of the event.

Financial Assistance Available
A few years ago we set up a bursary fund to help financially disadvantaged children to participate in the Summer Kids program. This program will continue in 2020. We can subsidize a portion, but not all, of the fees in the belief that each student should contribute something towards this very exciting summer experience. For more information please contact our Learn to Sail Director Chris Seed.

Click here for the 2020 Bursary Application Form