Member Programs

Exclusive Training for KSC Members

Kanata Sailing Club offers a variety of programs and clinics exclusively to KSC members.  Find one that suits your needs, sign up and get set to improve your skills so you can enjoy sailing even more!

For further information on any of these clinics, contact

And remember, KSC offers private lessons at reduced cost for KSC members.

Friday Night Freebies

A series of short clinics offered on Friday nights in June to get you ready for the sailing season.  Come for one, come for some, come for them all.  No pre-registration required; just show up.  Best of all they are FREE!

Rigging Clinic       FREE!

For returning members who want a quick reminder on how to properly rig an Albacore or Laser, this free evening clinic will refresh your memory and save those embarrassing moments on the beach when you raise the jib upside down or forget how to tighten the outhaul.

Clinic Date:

Friday, June 1      6:30 – 8:30

Sailing Skills Tune-up Clinic      FREE!

For those who want to brush up on their basic sailing skills, this clinic will provide an opportunity to review such skills as tacking and gybing, sailing upwind, downwind and all points in-between and leaving and returning to the beach safely in various wind conditions.

Clinic Dates:

Laser: Friday, June 8 6:30 – 8:30
Albacore: Friday, June 15 6:30 – 8:30

NOTE: in order to maximize time on the water, please ensure that you arrive at the club early enough to select and have your boat rigged for the starting time.  You need to be ready to launch at 6:30.

Powerboat Orientation Clinic    FREE!

KSC is a member-run club, so members may be asked to operate the club powerboats from time to time to assist with club activities or even to aid in a rescue. This clinic will give you an opportunity to refresh your powerboat operating skills so that you can confidently load, start and run the club’s equipment.

Clinic Date:

Friday, June 22      6:30 – 8:30

NOTE: in order to participate in this clinic, you must have a Pleasure Craft Operator’s Card and you must bring the card with you to the clinic.  If you need a card, KSC is offering a PCOC course this spring.

Pleasure Craft Operator’s Card (“PCOC”)

This clinic will teach you what you need to know to obtain your Pleasure Craft Operator’s Card, as required by Transport Canada. At the conclusion of the theory portion of the clinic, participants will be able to challenge the required written examination.

In addition, unlike similar clinics offered elsewhere, the KSC clinic will include a half day “hands on” session to give you practical experience with the KSC powerboats.

Clinic Dates:

May 23 – 24 6:00PM – 9:00PM
May 27 9:00AM – 12:00 PM

$65 including HST

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Advanced Sailing Skills

This 25-hour program is designed to make you a more complete, knowledgeable and skillful sailor.

The land portion of the course will provide you with an understanding of such topics as

  • The fundamental physics of what makes a sailboat able to sail
  • Setting up and tuning the Albacore and Laser for various wind conditions for speed and for safety
  • Understanding the local weather patterns in the KSC area
  • Fiberglass repair, including how to use the West Epoxy system
  • Hardware repair, including replacing fittings, swaging wire and riveting

The on-water portion of the course will

  • hone your basic sailing skills
  • teach you to sail in higher wind and wave conditions
  • introduce you to advanced boat handling skills such as roll tacking, sailing by the lee and planning

Plus the registration fee gets you into the Racing Clinic at no additional cost!

Clinic Dates:

May 28 – June 23
Monday nights: 7:00 – 9:00
Saturday afternoons: 1:00 – 4:00


$230 + HST

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Racing Clinic

For those who are interested in getting into racing or for those who already race but would like to move up in the standings, this clinic is for you.

Based on a condensed version of the former Silver Sail Level VI standard, this one day course breaks a sailing race down into its components (the start, the upwind leg, the offwind legs and the finish) and then covers the tactics, strategy and racing rules you need to know for each leg of the course.

Clinic Date:

Saturday, June 9       9:00-4:00


$65 including HST

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Catamaran Clinic

For experienced dinghy sailors who would like to qualify to use KSC’s fleet of catamarans, this program will provide you with the training you need to get your RED TAG.  Learn how to sail and control a high performance Hobie catamaran in a safe and controlled learning environment.

Please note: you must have at least two years sailing experience to register for this course.  KSC reserves the right to refund the course fee of any student who, in the instructor’s opinion, does not have sufficient abilities to benefit from this program.

Clinic Date:

Saturday, June 16       9:00-4:00


$65 including HST

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