Adult Learn To Sail

rentalsThe Royal Nova Scotia Yacht Squadron offers an introductory sailing course for adults. The course runs five times, as outlined below, and each course consists of six lessons. The lessons are on Tuesday and Thursday evenings, from 6pm to 9pm. The first lesson introduces the boats, terminology, basic manoeuvres and how to get the sails up and down and is conducted on the dock. After that the students will be sailing every evening.

ALTS-B1 May 19 – June 4
ALTS-B2 June 9 – June 25
ALTS-B3 June 30 – July 16
ALTS-B4 July 21 – August 6
ALTS-B5 August 18 – September 3

The cost for each course is $375 for non-members and $295 for members.

The lessons take place on J/22 keelboats. These 22’ long boats are well suited to learning with their large cockpits and simple, yet comprehensive, controls. They are small, stable and dry, easy to control but large enough to fit 3-4 students and deal with some stronger winds. They are simple and easy to sail but demonstrate systems found on every other boat. By the end of each course all the students will be able to rig and de-rig the boats, sail upwind and downwind, take the boats on and off a dock and a mooring ball and have a basic understanding of the theory behind how sailboats work.

The location of the Royal Nova Scotia Yacht Squadron allows students to stay in the shelter of the Northwest Arm or venture out in to the harbour based on the weather and the progress of the lessons. Our course is very flexible and we account for varying weather conditions and the desires of the students. Some learn quickly and want to move on to spinnakers while some take a little longer to get comfortable and would rather perfect the use of white sails.


Our programs run under the guidance the Race Director, Luke Porter,  and instructor Carson Murry who also handles most, if not all, of the teaching. Both Luke and Carson have many years experience of teaching sailing as well as sailing itself in lots of locations and situations. Both have a good grasp of how to instil the knowledge and confidence students are looking for.


Students that wish to become members of the Royal Nova Scotia Yacht Squadron can apply the entire course fee towards their entrance fee. You can get a free sailing course just for joining! Details on memberships are available at here.


Registration for all our courses is open! Seach for "adult" to see just the adult sailing courses. For further information or questions please contact Luke Porter, Race Director. (902) 414-3284 and [email protected].

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