Youth Program

Living their best lives.

GRYC's sailing camp delivers busy, fun-filled days outdoors. It focuses on sailing instruction, aquatic games, and camp activities for children age 9 and older. A group of dynamic, passionate instructors teaches children at all sailing levels.

To see what a day at camp is like, check out the session videos by one of our instructors, Gabriel Sanchez on our YouTube channel. We also share lots of pictures and interesting info on the Facebook page or, on Instagram.

This is a photo of a young child sailing

Sailing instruction

We base GRYC's sailing lessons on Sail Canada's CANSail Program. CanSail is the national training program for sailing in dinghies. It brings together six core standards that promote the progressive learning of skills and basic knowledge of dinghy sailing. The CanSail program provides lots of on-water time in a fun, active, and safe learning environment. Sailors learn the skills and have fun and challenging experiences suited to their age and stage of development. We designed the program to get and keep sailors excited about sailing for life.

Visit Sail Canada to learn about their CANSail Program.

2024 session dates

Session 1: June 24 to July 5
Session 2: July 8 to July 19
Session 3: July 22 to August 2
Session 4: Augu
st 5 to August 16


Two week sessions : Members $585.00; Non-Members $720.00

Ages and eligbililty

Children aged 9 and over can register in the CANSail 1-4 groups. We strongly advise that registered children can swim without a flotation aid to take part in the program. Please note that children must always wear a personal flotation device (adjusted to their size) during nautical activities.

Cancellations and refunds

A notice of cancellation of registration must be made in writing either via email at

In case of cancellation by the Gatineau River Yacht Club:

  • The cost of registration will be refunded fully subject to a $50 administrative fee.

In case of a cancellation by the parent/tutor, the refund will be granted as such:

  • Up to 14 days before the start of the session: full refund subject to a $50 administrative fee;
  • Within 14 days before the start of the session: 75%;
  • After the start of the session: no refund.

Anticipate a delay of 4 to 6 weeks for the refund.

Depending on availability of spots, an offer of transfer to another session may be made before refunding the registration.

If you have additional questions, please contact


Registration for the 2024 summer program will open :

  • For Members: Starting on February 26th
  • For Non-Members : Starting on March 4th

River Rats Sailing Team

The race team aims to foster competitive sailing for all sailors of all levels. It maximizes learning and development opportunities by participating in local and provincial regattas. The team is composed of sailors that train from June to October. However, it's possible to join the team for specific regattas. Refer to our race team pamphlet for more information or email