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Adult Learn To Sail

Adult Sailing Classes
NOSA’s CANSail 1 lessons will teach the participant about safety around water and boats. We introduce the student to the basics of sailing a two-person dinghy and provide them with the foundations, such as terminology, wind reading, rigging the boat, safe navigation and boat handling. 

CANSail 2 courses are a logical succession to the CANSail 1 course and will provide the participant guidance to further those skills to enable them to safely navigate a small dinghy as crew and as skipper. Graduates of the CANSail 2 program meet the minimum requirements to rent and skipper dinghies from most Sail Canada member sailing clubs across Canada including taking part in our NOSA Boat-Share program.

CANSail 3 & 4 classes will improve sailing skills in either or both: single - and double handed sailboats, and teach to sail efficiently and fast. Reason for taking these two classes may be simply to refine sailing skills, improve racing tactics, to work towards becoming a sailing instructor or all of these reasons combined. Upon achieving the CANSail 4 level the participant qualifies for further training toward instructor or coach status with Sail Canada, provided they are at least 16 years old. Some do take these CANSail 3 and 4 courses as a means to gain experience on the water while supervised, even if they feel obtaining a certificate is not essential to them. These classes are open to both, youth and adults, but tend to be small in number of participants. In order to complete the courses, the winds have to cooperate, as the participants are required to demonstrate skills in heavier weather at some point.
Due to the sailing skills and the related physical strength required for this level of sailing, we suggest that the student is at least 13 years of age to be able to graduate from both these courses.

The Summer Adult Program for 2021:

Adult sailing lessons

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Students learn the basics to sailboat navigation and are introduced to the sport in an entertaining and positive learning atmosphere. Students will engage in technical and practical detail that is important to develop navigational skills. Based around the Competency Base Education Training curriculum, Sail Canada has adopted a standard to take account of different skill levels available in a single group. This allows different people with different skills to progress at their own pace. From this idea,CANSao; has eliminated all written tests! That's right, no final exams! With this new curriculum, you will be responsible for your own focus. This gives room for students to learn on different boats, learn different skills and move into a sailing specialty independent of others. More information on this can be found on our course re-programming page.

Students will start with the first two days as common and will be able to specialize afterwards, allowing you to complete your chosen skill set checklist later on. Lessons will cover theory such as knot tying, basic seamanship, navigation, wind prediction, and gain skills both as crew and as skipper..

High lights of this course, based on previous year's experience, will be a sail under their own seamanship, typically at the end of the course where anyone can sail freely, race, partake in destination sails and just plain havin' fun!

Lessons will start in Picos and Flying Juniors and progress to Club 420's. These dinghy boats provide room for two persons maximum. These are not keelboats and are no way associated with the Vernon Yacht Club just down the road. Students are encouraged to follow skill sets that use our different boats such as Lasers (1 person). These boats are generally more efficient and have 'planing' capabilities. NOSA also has a fleet of one person Lasers; use of the Lasers are restricted to persons completing adequate skill sets in other boats and those who are of a certain competency equal to CANSail 2. Check out our pictures and a list of all our boats

Membership fees are as follows:

Please visit our membership page for more information

What to bring:
NOTE: Club provides life jackets

Students are not guaranteed to stay dry! When sailing these small dinghies, and when boat does planned capsizing manouvers. It is strongly suggested that you bring a change of clothes. Under direct instructor direction students will demonstrate how to capsize their dinghy depending on the skill set right a capsized boat and clear it of water.

Change of clothes, sunscreen, hat with brim, water shoes, or extra close toed running shoes for in the boat (bring sandals as last resort), and towel. Note: Shoes will get wet! Bring an appropriate change of shoes

You can either bring a lunch or go out during your one hour lunch break on both Saturday and Sunday.

If you have your own Certified Canada Coast guard PFD or life jacket, please bring it as it will be fit for you. Otherwise, the club will provide.

Our facilities are secure and enclosed by a chain link fence. There is a code gate to get into the compound which provides security and comfort. Our members also store their boats here for the year which means you are among 20-30 boats. Take a tour of NOSA by clicking on the image to the left. you'll find great pictures and an idea of what this place is really like.

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Located on Okanagan Lake in Vernon, British Columbia, Canada, NOSA is accessed through the Paddlewheel Park parking lot. You will see the NOSA sign and its surrounding compound. Non-members will only be able to get in during class hours. The compound is locked with a membership code. Ample parking is available.

Directions: Head southwest from Vernon on Okanagan Landing Road for 10 minutes Keep an eye out for Blue Heron Pub on your right. Once you have passed this, only a two hundred meters you will see an entrance to a large parking lot. This is the paddlewheel park parking lot. Park and look for the sign. If you need a map, please see directions page.


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Last updated March 23, 2021