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National Yacht Club Sailing & Racing School

  
1 Stadium Rd, Toronto, Ontario, M5V 3H4

  • Type:
    Day camp
  • Focus:
    Sailing/Marine Skills
  • Cost:
    $705 to $780/2 weeks
  • Ages:
    7 to 18
  • Gender:
    Coed
  • Main language:
    English
  • Capacity:
    Varies
  • Programs:
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  • Summary

    National Yacht Club Sailing & Racing School answered our questions

    Who are you as an organization?

    Set sail at our affordable downtown Toronto sailing school, near Bathurst and Queen’s Quay. Since 1955, we've been teaching youth the ropes, progressing from beginner to competitive racer with CANSail levels 1 through 6. Led by certified instructors, our programs blend interactive lessons with on-water adventures, including unique experiences like sailing to the Toronto Island beach! Camp programs, ranging from 2 to 4 weeks long based on CANSail level, cater to ages 7 to 18. Join us on the water for a summer of learning, teamwork, and the pure joy of sailing!

    • Special needs: Not available

    What do you do differently or uniquely well?

    "Immerse your child in a quality sailing program designed for lifelong enthusiasts! Our small group sizes ensure personalized attention, led by highly qualified instructors who prioritize fun and safety on the water. Watch as kids disconnect from devices, embracing the thrill and challenge of sailing—an outdoor adventure like no other.

    Our mission? To transform kids into lifelong sailors. Witness the journey as campers progress from novice sailors, never having been in a boat before, to competing at a national level on the racecourse. We take pride in the countless returning campers who choose to spend each summer with us, creating memories, mastering skills, and embracing the joy of sailing."

    Who are your staff and counsellors?

    "Our staff are highly qualified Sail Canada certified instructors, each equipped with sailing-specific training and a passion for sharing their love of the sport. With first aid, CPR/AED, boat safety training, and practical experience using the CANSail curriculum, campers learn from the best! With a staff-to-sailor ratio ranging between 6-10, depending on the level and type of boat, personalized attention is guaranteed.

    Many of our instructors choose to return summer after summer, with some having been students in the program themselves. Their contagious enthusiasm for sailing makes the learning experience educational AND fun. It's not just about teaching sailing; it's about inspiring and shaping the next generation of sailors."

    What do families need to know about registration?

    "Joining us is a breeze! While all applicants are accepted, certain prerequisites apply for intermediate and advanced levels. Registration opens at the beginning of January for National Yacht Club members and then past campers, followed by new campers at the end of the month. Registration and payment can be completed effortlessly through our secure online system linked to the Sail Canada Checklick database.

    Should you need to cancel, a $100.00 service charge applies, if written notice is received 30 days before the course begins. No refunds are issued for missed days."

  • Programs, Rates & Dates

    Programs and Sessions Calendar

    Choose the right programs and sessions for your child; National Yacht Club Sailing & Racing School currently has 5 programs available.

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    Name
    Age
    Type (Gender)
    specialty
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    Ages: 11 - 15
    Day Camp
    (Coed)
    Sailing/Marine Skills
    $535 to $1,135
    Travel|Nature/Environment|Engineering|First-aid/lifesaving |Sailing/Marine Skills|Swimming
    Ages: 15 - 18
    Day Camp
    (Coed)
    Sailing/Marine Skills
    $535 to $1,525
    Travel|Nature/Environment|Engineering|Sailing/Marine Skills|Swimming
    Ages: 7 - 12
    Day Camp
    (Coed)
    Sailing/Marine Skills
    $635 to $780
    Arts & Crafts|First-aid/lifesaving |Sailing/Marine Skills|Swimming
    Ages: 7 - 12
    Day Camp
    (Coed)
    Sailing/Marine Skills
    $635 to $780
    Arts & Crafts|First-aid/lifesaving |Sailing/Marine Skills|Swimming
    Ages: 13 - 16
    Day Camp
    (Coed)
    Sailing/Marine Skills
    $1,305 to $1,450
    Harbourfront, Toronto, ON
    1 Stadium Rd
    Jul 02-26 $1,305 - $1,450
    Harbourfront, Toronto, ON
    1 Stadium Rd
    Jul 29-Aug 23$1,305 - $1,450
    Travel|Arts & Crafts|Nature/Environment|Engineering|First-aid/lifesaving |Sailing/Marine Skills|Swimming



    Financial Aid & Payment Details

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  • Insider Reviews & Perspectives

    The Our Kids review of National Yacht Club Sailing & Racing School

    our take

    The NYC was founded in 1894, and was first known, charmingly, as the National Yacht and Skiff Club. It’s grown and changed over the years, but throughout has remained a cornerstone of sailing in the city. The location, to be sure, is one of the benefits—accessible by public transportation, it’s also a place of escape, a chance to get away from the bustle of the city and mess about in boats. The club remains an expression of the community it serves, and is also host to a number of annual regattas. When campers arrive, they enter that world—the culture of sailing, the community it represents—and are granted an opportunity to escape within it while also learning essential skills from some of the best. Certified instructors make it fun, active, and exciting, all within the shadow of the Toronto skyline.

    Three Things: National Yacht Club Sailing & Racing School
    Hear the three things that Our Kids’ editors see when they look at National Yacht Club Sailing & Racing School


    More reviews of National Yacht Club Sailing & Racing School

    Parent of CANSail 1&2 Sailor, Parent

    Had a Blast

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    Parent of CANSail 5&6 - 420 Race Team Sailor, Parent

    The Thrill of Sailing

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    Parent of CANSail 1&2 Sailor, Parent

    Great Ratio

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    Parent of a CANSail 1&2 Sailor, Parent

    Will Be Back Next Year

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    Parent of a CANSail 1&2 Sailor, Parent

    Excited to Share Every Detail

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    Parent of a CANSail 1&2 Sailor, Parent

    Looking Forward to Next Year!

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    Parent of a CANSail 1&2 Sailor, Parent

    Five-Star Experience

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    More reviews of National Yacht Club Sailing & Racing School


    Parent of CANSail 1&2 Sailor, Parent

    Had a Blast

    My son had a blast at sailing camp and he plans to return next summer! The instructors and staff were fantastic and the program was well organized and offers a unique opportunity to learn to sail. Overall - a wonderful experience - thank you ... Show More


    Parent of CANSail 5&6 - 420 Race Team Sailor, Parent

    The Thrill of Sailing

    Introduce your child to the thrill and skill of sailing at National's great program with friendly staff. A fabulous way to spend summer in the city!


    Parent of CANSail 1&2 Sailor, Parent

    Great Ratio

    Very friendly environment and great student coach ratio.


    Parent of a CANSail 1&2 Sailor, Parent

    Will Be Back Next Year

    My daughter loved her experience at this camp, will definitely be back next year!


    Parent of a CANSail 1&2 Sailor, Parent

    Excited to Share Every Detail

    My son and daughter tried their hand at sailing for the first time, and despite some trepidation in the beginning, they truly enjoyed their time at the NYTC sailing camp. It is the first time they have come home from a camp excited to tell me every detail & asking to participate again next year. They learned valuable lessons in responsibility, working as a team, as well as gained independence & confidence ... Show More


    Parent of a CANSail 1&2 Sailor, Parent

    Looking Forward to Next Year!

    We wish to take this opportunity to thank you and the Sailing School team for the wonderful fun filled learning experience our grandchildren had over the past two weeks. Myself and their parents were very impressed and grateful with the respect given, safety, professionalism, quality of teaching and kindness of the staff to the kids. It was especially interesting to note how the staff encouraged the kids in self problems solving. A special thank you to their class teacher, she certainly has a natural knack in handling and imparting knowledge to the kids. Their parents are now trying hard to keep up with the nautical terms now being used! I am sure they will be looking forward to next year and number three of six, who was not old enough this year, will want to join in the fun. Many thanks! ... Show More


    Parent of a CANSail 1&2 Sailor, Parent

    Five-Star Experience

    Our daughter really enjoyed the experience of sailing! She quickly got used to sailing, even though it was her first time ever. She appreciated the chance to be with other kids for a while (she is homeschooled right now). All the coaches were really nice and professional. I also want to point out the quick, smooth and professional onboarding process, including filling out forms and checking requirements — every step was clear and simple — we had no issues joining classes. Additionally, I want to share my general five-star experience with the National Yacht Club team and their coaches. We got all our questions answered, and our daughter was always under their careful guidance and supervision. The NYC team members kept tough on safety, and we felt full confidence in our daughter's security. Also, she never complained about her whole day's experience and was never bored. The daily schedule was very comfortable for us to bring her and pick up her back. We highly appreciate your support and the opportunity to sail that you gave us. It was a terrific experience! ... Show More


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  • Location & Gallery

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    Address

    1 Stadium Rd, Toronto, Ontario, Canada


    Accommodations

    Washrooms Facilities

    • Flush Toilets
    • Showers (indoor)

    More details about accommodations: National Yacht Club has several large outdoor tents and a large clubhouse, with multiple rooms used by the Sailing & Racing School, as well as bathroom and shower facilities on-site. Each group will have a specifically designated meeting location for all on-shore activities - drop off, lunch, poor weather, pick up, etc.


    Property Details

    Landscape

    • Lake/Pond/River

    More details about property: Campers spend most of their time sailing on Lake Ontario, but also can be found rigging and de-rigging boats in the boat yard, playing games on the Club lawn or enjoying indoor activities in the Clubhouse during inclement weather. We have a gated facility and parents will be granted special access for drop off and pick up. During camp sessions our participants may also visit the local park and splash pad or go for a fun adventure sail to the Toronto Island beaches.



    Rentals & Services

    Available for private rentals: Yes
    We offer private, semi-private and group lessons per request for both adults and children. Each private session is tailored to your skill level. Please contact us for schedule - times are limited.


    Associations

    Sail Canada Associations
    Ontario Sailing Associations


  • What's New

    Director's Message

    Gabrielle Blais-Jones, NYC Vice Commodore - Education
    Member of the Board of Directors

    Hello Parents and Guardians,

    Thank you for looking into the National Yacht Club Sailing and Racing School for your child this summer!

    As a graduate of the program, I can tell you that this camp will be a wonderful adventure for your child. They will of course be having fun outside and learning new skills, but this camp will also help with self-confidence and problem solving as no two days on the water are exactly the same.

    We have successfully run our sailing school for almost 70 years, and have taken that time to grow and innovate. We have kept up to date with the latest teaching methods (all of our instructors are CANSail certified) and used our expertise to tailor them to best suit our campers.

    This camp is great for children aged 7-18, and is great for all levels - from people who have never set foot on a boat (CANSail 1) to those who have a lot of racing experience (CANSail 5/6). These days in particular, this is a great opportunity for kids to socialize outdoors.

    After running a safe and successful program in 2023, we look forward to another great summer! 

    Hope to see you on the water,

    Gabrielle Blais-Jones,

    Vice Commodore - Education

     



    In the News

    January 29, 2024
    Registration for NEW Campers Opens Wednesday!

    New to sailing? Check out our CANSail 1 program - the perfect place for your kids to get their feet wet. No previous experience required!... Read More

    February 3, 2022
    Registration Opening on Monday!

    Don't miss the boat! Registration opens for new campers on Monday, February 7, 2022. ... Read More



    Stories

    • NYC - Good Vibe

      NYC delivered a great experience for my son. Nothing but good reports about instructors. Overall, NYC - good vibe.

    • A Fabulous Way to Spend Summer in the City!

      Our daughter has been in the program at NYC for 8 years and before that we knew of the program through our own sailing. If you want to introduce your child to the thrill and skill of sailing, National has a great program with friendly staff. A fabulous way to spend summer in the city!

    • Wonderful Experience

      My son had a blast at sailing camp and he plans to return next summer! The instructors and staff were fantastic and the program was well organized and offers a unique opportunity to learn to sail. Overall - a wonderful experience - thank you!



    Frequently Asked Questions

    Does National Yacht Club Sailing & Racing School have good reviews?
    We've collected reviews from past attendees. Read 7 reviews of National Yacht Club Sailing & Racing School here.

    What types of programs does National Yacht Club Sailing & Racing School offer?
    National Yacht Club Sailing & Racing School runs: Sailing/Marine Skills day camps. Browse the program calendar for rates and dates.

    What age does National Yacht Club Sailing & Racing School start?
    National Yacht Club Sailing & Racing School has programs for children aged 7 to 18.

    How much does is cost to attend National Yacht Club Sailing & Racing School?
    Fees to attend National Yacht Club Sailing & Racing School range from $705 to $780/2 weeks.

    Does National Yacht Club Sailing & Racing School offer support for children with special needs?
    National Yacht Club Sailing & Racing School does not offer support for children with special needs.

    Does National Yacht Club Sailing & Racing School offer busing?
    No, National Yacht Club Sailing & Racing School does not offer transportation.



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