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CANSail Courses
NOSA’s CANSail 1 lessons will introduce you to basics of sailing a two person dinghy and provide you with the foundations, like terminology, wind reading, and rigging your boat and boat handling. 

CANSail 2 courses will provide you with the basics to enable you to safely navigate a small dinghy as crew and as skipper. Graduates of CANSail 2 programs meet the minimum prerequisites to rent and skipper dinghies from most Sail Canada member sailing clubs across Canada including NOSA’s Boat-share program.

CANSail 3 & 4 classes will improve your sailing skills, sail efficiently and upon achieving CANSail 4 level you qualify for further training for instructor or coach with BC Sailing or Sail Canada.

The Summer Program for 2020 is run as follows:

Youth CANSail 1 or 2
Monday to Friday
9AM to 3PM

Adult CANSail 1 or 2
 Thursday Friday 6PM to 9PM
Saturday Sunday 9AM to 3PM

      Adult and Youth CANSail 3 or 4
      (2 weeks)

Monday to Friday 9AM to 3 PM
with Thursday evening participation
in the club races from 6PM to sunset

  June 25 - June 28

June 29 to July 3

July 2 to July 5

July 6 to July 10

July 9 to July 12

July 13 to July 17

July 16 to July 19

CANSail 3

CANSail 4

July 20 to July 24

July 23 to July 26

July 6 - 10 July 6 - 10

July 27 to July 31

July 30 to August 2

July 13 - 17 July 13- 17

August 3 to August 7

August 6 to August 9

August 3 - 7 August 3 - 7

August 10 to August 14

August 13 to August 16

August 10 - 14 August 10 - 14

August 17 to August 21

August 20 to August 23



August 27 to August 30


Costs of courses
Youth CANSail 1:    5 days (30 hours)    $250 per student
Youth CANSail 2:   5 days (30 hours)   $250 per student
Adult  CANSail 1:    4 days (18 hours) $180 per student
Adult  CANSail 2: 4 days (18 hours) $180 per student
CANSail 3 (youth or adult): 10 days (64 hours)  $400 per student
CANSail 4 (youth or adult): 10 days (64 hours) $400 per student


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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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