Learn to Sail

Learn to Sail


Thank you to all who have signed up. We’re looking forward to a fun season on the water.

Please note:
Currently registered participants can still sign up for individual on-water sessions throughout our season of programming by visiting our registration page.


AYC’s family-friendly program is intended for adults and children who are accompanied by them. It is intended to introduce people to the sport of sailing by learning the basics and getting on the water in a fun and accessible format. Open to both AYC Members and Non Members, the AYC program offers an experienced instructor, loads of fun and lots of outdoor time!

This year, the AYC program will be using Solings (27 foot keel boats). These boats are perfect for groups of 2-3 and offer an excellent balance of “small boat” fun with “big boat” stability and comfort. The program will introduce basic sailing skills and, depending on the interest of participants, more advanced technical skills and also cover racing roles of both skipper and crew.  Our focus is sailing “on the water”, as well as theory and on-land activities (knots, rigging, safety, etc.)  Participants will enjoy quality instruction by an experienced instructor; however, this program will not provide certification to the participants.

This year, AYC has partnered with Sail Nova Scotia, the YMCA, and Sport Nova Scotia to kick-start our Broader Reach Program. This program is designed to offer an opportunity for six new Canadians to become acquainted with sailing and be introduced to the sport over the 2021 season. We are able to provide this introduction to sailing at no cost to the Broader Reach participants. We are thankful for the contributions of our community partners and volunteers in getting this effort off the ground.


The AYC program is unique in that it enables you to customize your own schedule.  You register for one (1) on-land (instructional) and nine (9) on-water sessions throughout our season. You create your own program schedule! 

Select one of the on-land sessions as your first lesson, and then choose the remaining nine (9) “open” on-water sessions from any the dates shown. Available slots in each of our on-water sessions are given on a first come, first served basis. You can wait to select all of your on-water sessions, or select all nine at the time of registration. If you select all nine at the time of registration, you will receive a $50.00 discount! 

On-land instructional sessions are held according to the following times:
Weekdays: 5:00pm – 9:00pm
Weekends: 12:00pm – 4:00pm

On-water sessions are held according to the following times:
Mondays: 6:00pm – 9:00pm
Tuesdays: 6:00pm – 9:00pm
Fridays: 5:00pm – 8:00pm
Sundays: 1:00pm – 4:00pm


In general, AYC provides everything you need to get on the water, but there are a few exceptions. All participants must supply and provide their own life jacket (DOT approved PFD), soft soled non-marking shoes, as well as a notebook and pencil. Due to public health requirements, AYC cannot lend PFDs or similar items to participants in the event that they arrive for a session without them! We want to make sure that you are able to get on the water for each of your scheduled sessions, so we ask that you please remember to bring your PFD!

Though many of the on-water sessions are scheduled during the evenings when the sun is low in the sky, we recommend that participants ensure that they have suitable UV protection (e.g., hat, sunglasses, sunscreen) as well as a small personal water bottle to stay hydrated.


This year, our goal has been to simply our fee structure and encourage youth participation. Fees for enrolment in our Learn to Sail program are as follows:

Principal Registration Fee: $365.00 plus HST
Each on-water session: $15.00 plus HST
-Total program cost: (1 on-land, 9 on-water sessions): $500.00 plus HST

Sign up for all 10 sessions at the same time and receive a $50.00 discount!
AYC Members receive a 15% discount on all payable fees.

Children who accompany adults do not need to pay the principal registration fee. Just for the on-water session(s) in which they are attending!

*Following payment of the principal registration fee for in-class instruction, registrants may sign up for nine (9) on-water sessions at $15.00 plus HST per session.

“Child” means ages 11-18
“Adult” means ages 19+

Become a Social Member (you don’t have to own a boat to become a member) and enjoy the member rate for the Learn to Sail Program.  To find out how to become a member, visit the ’Join AYC’ section of this web site

To Register for the Program, please visit our registration page.


A $50 administration fee will be charged if you cancel your registration with less than 7 days prior to your first scheduled (on-land) session.  Once your lessons have commenced there is no refund of the registration fee or carryover for lessons that remain unused at the end of the sail training program dates for that year, except in exceptional circumstances.

Contact:  AYC Office (902) 477-4617, Ext. 1; office@armdaleyachtclub.ns.ca