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Learn To Sail

We teach Sail Canada   CANSail   accredited courses.
This unique program brings together all levels of sailing experience including    those who have never sailed before. Sailors first learn how to sail in our fleet of PICOs, Flying Juniors, CLUB 420’s and Lasers for individuals. Students are taught the basics of navigation on water, boat terminology and the theory behind how a boat sails. The focus will be on rigging, knots, tacking/gybing and sailboat maneuvering. They will also gain valuable leadership skills and make friends. This program emphasizes safety, fun and learning, and provides preparation for solo sailing, if desired.

Adult Learn2Sail Information
course highlights and information.
CANSail 1 & 2 cost $180. Thursday evening to Sunday every week in the season. Starts on Thursday June 28th, last course ends September 2nd.
Adult classes Thursday and Friday evenings 6 pm - 9 pm & continuing Saturday and Sunday 9 am - 3 pm
CANSail 3 cost $ 400.  (10 weekdays, Monday to Friday)   
July 16th – July 27th
August 20st – August 24th

CANSail 4 cost $ 250.  (5 weekdays, Monday to Friday)    
July 16th – July 20th  
August 20th – August 25th

Family Weekend held every week-end from July 6th to September 2nd.

Designed for up to 4 Participants, 2 Adults and 2 Youth (under 18) to participate in this 2.5 day program which runs Friday evening 6-9:00 pm and Saturday / Sunday 9 am - 2 pm.

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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, (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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