Youth Sailing Program

If you wish to register you child in the GRYC Summer Program please send you request to youthprogram@gryc.ca.


Youth Program Sessions 2017

About the Program

The GRYC sailing camp provides busy, fun-filled, days outdoors, focused on sailing instruction, aquatic games and camp activities.

Arrival and boat rigging begin at 9 am. Morning instruction takes place from 9 am to 12 noon. Lunch is supervised and includes games. Afternoon classes run from 1:00 to 4:00 pm. Supervised childcare is offered from 8:00 – 9:00 am and from 4:00 – 5:30 pm at an additional cost of $50 per session, instructor lead games and activities will be run during this time.

Come see us at the 20th Annual Salon des camps! at the Galleries de Hull March 11 – 12!!!

Sailing Instruction and Swimming Activities:

Sail Canada certifications are the standards used at the GRYC. Sailing levels include CANSail 1, 2, 3, and 4.

During a typical camp day, sailing sessions are interspersed with land games, crafts, aquatic games, free swim and water safety activities. Regardless of swimming competence all campers wear life jackets while on the docks and while in the boats. Water safety is a priority. All children are expected to adhere to the safety rules presented by camp staff.

Please see a sailing camp video (Youtube) created by our head sailing coach Paul Place, the Youth Commodore for the GRYC. The video is a montage of the activities the GRYC Junior Race team did during the summer of 2015, including races and training events in the area like the National Capital Regatta and the Fruitbowl youth training regatta.

Ages/Eligibility:

Children, ages 9-16 (child must be 9 years old as of July 3, 2017). Campers must have achieved a swimming level equivalent to Level 6 in the Red Cross swimming program or Level 3 in the Royal life program.

Royal Lifesaving Swimming:

www.lifesavingwa.com.au/swim-and-survive/programs/swim-and-survive/levels

Red Cross Swimming Levels:

www.redcross.ca/cmslib/general/ws_enrolling_new_participants_rcswim_en_07.pdf

Hours of Supervision:

Participants under 14 years of age must be dropped off and picked up by a parent/adult (over 16) and signed in/out at the Clubhouse. Scheduled activity hours are from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

For those children that require it, extended care is available from 8:00 to 9:00 am and from 4:00 to 5:30 pm for an additional cost of $50 per session, instructor lead games and activities will be run during this time.

The Instructors/Supervisors:

We employ fully qualified sailing instructors with NLS water safety certification.

The GRYC Youth Program is supervised by a Program Manager, bringing a greater level of experience to and support for Sailing Camp staff.

Swimming instruction is not offered. Instead, sailing sessions will be interspersed with fun-filled outdoor island games, crafts, aquatic games, free swim and water safety activities.

For more information on what we teach please see CANSail Program Information.

Registration

On-line registration is now available. March 18th for Members and returning students. General public can register starting March 25. Please click on link:

https://zone4.ca/reg.asp?id=15043

and click “Add Person”.

We are working this year to have on-line registration for the Junior Program and will have more information shortly. We will have our registration in place with instructions March 1, 2017.

If you have any questions or concerns please email the Junior Program at youthprogram@gryc.ca or by mail at:

Gatineau River Yacht Club
Box 1766
Chelsea QC
J9B 1A1

Attention: 2017 Youth Program

Paid registrations will be transferable to other sessions subject to availability and will be refundable up to one month prior to the session, less the $100 deposit fee.

At the end of each session, participants and their parents will be asked to complete a camp evaluation form.

Further questions should be directed to youthregistrar@gryc.ca

Important to remember:

  • ALL children under the age of 14 must be accompanied by an adult, except children attending the Sailing Camp when they are supervised by camp staff. Member’s children on the island without parental/guardian supervision MUST be 14 years or older.
  • Participants under 14 years of age must be dropped off and picked up by a parent/adult (over 16) and signed in/out. During pick up/drop off, parents are encouraged to greet staff and check updates on the Daily Activity Board.
  • The maximum number of campers on the island is between 25 and 30 with a maximum of 35 per session. (GRYC maintains a 1:5 supervision ratio)

Session Costs

Each regular session (2 weeks) costs are the same regardless of the level that your student is attempting – 420 $ members / 595 $ non-members. CanSail Skills sessions (1 week each) are  – 210 $ members / 297.50 $ non-members.  Students progress some levels may take more time to complete and the program recommends the following time commitment to increase a candiate’s success in completing that levels tasks.

  • **CanSail Skills – June 26 to June 30 – Open skill based session to allow a student to have additional time to learn skills.
  • Session 1 – July 3 to 14
  • Session 2 – July 17 to 28
  • Session 3 – July 31 to August 11
  • Session 4 – August 14 to August 25
  • **CanSail Skills – August 28 to September 1 – Open skill based session to allow a student to have additional time to learn skills.
***CanSail Skill sessions are open sessions for all level to help introduce or continue practice skills. CanSail sessions will only be conducted with minimum of 5 campers. 

CANsail 1

Prerequisite: None
Sailboat: Open Bic
Average time to complete level: 2-4 weeks (1 – 2 Sessions)

This is a beginner learn-to-sail program where basic sailing skills that follow the Sail Canada CANsail 1 curriculum are introduced along with water safety and seamanship. Water activities, theme days and island games are add to the fun.

CANsail 2

Prerequisite: CANsail 1
Sailboat: Open Bic, Laser Pico, Byte, Laser
Average time to complete level: 2-4 weeks (1 – 2 Sessions)

This level focuses on developing sailor’s knowledge, skills and confidence in moderate wind conditions. The program follows the Sail Canada CANsail 2 curriculum that includes, docking, terminology and sail trim. Water activities, theme days and island games add to the fun.

CANsail 3 & 4

Prerequisite: CANsail 2
Sailboat: Club 420, Byte, Laser
Average time to complete level: 4-6 weeks per level (2 – 3 Sessions)

Teamwork, camaraderie and mastering boat handling skills are at the core of these two intermediate sailing levels. They follow the Sail Canada CANsail 3 & 4 curriculum and sailors continue to refine their helming and crewing. Trapeze and spinnaker are introduced along with sail theory and racing. Participants are encouraged to participate in local regattas and GRYC Sunday morning races.

CANsail 5 & 6

Prerequisite: CANsail 4
Sailboat: Club 420 or sailor owned Laser/Byte
Average time to complete level: 6-8 weeks per level (3 – 4 Sessions)

This is designed to be an entry level racing program for sailors wishing to compete in regattas or for non-competitive sailors wishing to perfect advanced boat handling skills. This course follows the Sail Canada CANsail 5 & 6 curriculum and focuses on racing tactics, racing rules as well as perfecting maneuverers. Sailors are encouraged to participate in local and out of town regattas including Fruit Bowl (July 23-26), GRYC invitational (August 1-2) and BYC (August 8-9). Some parent support is needed at regattas.

Youth Race team

Prerequisite: CANsail 6
Sailboat: Club 420 or sailor owned Laser/Byte
Average time comittment: 3 Sessions

For sailors who wish to continue to perfect their racing skills after the completion of their CANsail levels. Focus on in depth race strategy, rules and maneuverers. Sailors are encouraged to participate in local and out of town regattas including Fruit Bowl (July 23-26), GRYC invitational (August 1-2) and BYC (August 8-9). Some parent support is needed at regattas.

Instructor In Training

Fee: none
Prerequisite: CANsail 3
Sailboat: Club 420 or sailor owned Laser/Byte

If you are interested in learning what it means to be an instructor, then the Instructor in Training program is right for you. Instructors in Training (IIT) shadow senior instructors in land and water lessons. They also have an opportunity to teach land and water lessons to a group of young sailors under the guidance and supervision of a senior instructor. They are given other leadership roles such as running sailing camp activities and assisting in rigging and de-rigging. This is an excellent way for someone hopping to become an instructor to gain some real hands on experience.

To Apply for Instructor In Training:

Please sent your CV to the Youth Program Director at youthprogram@gryc.ca