The Parkland Sailing Academy will give students with an interest in and a passion for sailing the opportunity to develop their sailing knowledge and skills, and to earn graduation credits through on-the-water experience. Students will:
have opportunities to train for recreational and competitive sailing at the local, provincial, national and perhaps international levels
develop the attributes of problem solving, critical thinking, team work and collaboration
connect positively with members of the community
All students in the Academy will receive on-the-water training and experience outside the regular timetable at the Sidney-North Saanich Yacht Club. Students will also be able to participate in the Lower Vancouver Island Sailing League and compete with other school teams in a safe and fun environment. Students will receive 4 credits for registering for both the Fall Sailing and the Spring Sailing program.
The fees to participate in the Sailing Academy will be $200 for the fall semester and $300 for the spring semester. The fee includes the cost of boat rentals and instructors. Personal floatation devices are provided but students will be required to provide appropriate clothing. This could amount to $200 for an initial purchase which would only need to be replaced if the student outgrows the clothing. Bursaries and other forms of financial assistance are available if required.
Any interested student will be able to register for the Sailing Academy. There are no pre-requisite courses and prior experience is not necessary. Interested students should attend an information session and sign up for the course using the Sailing Academy Application Form (link below) to the Parkland Marine Office. Students in the Academy will be expected to maintain a positive academic record and manage themselves appropriately and responsibly at school and on the water.
Sailing Year At A Glance
Fall Sailing Season (September to November, 5 weeks)
The fall season is our community-league season with weekly training sessions. Students will be on the water twice a week, including one weekday and Saturday, for a total of five hours at Sidney North Saanich Yacht Club. All levels are welcome. Fees: $200
Spring Sailing Season (April to June, 9 weeks)
This is our school-based season with weekly training sessions and two regattas against other sailing programs at other schools. As in the Fall Season, we sail out of Sidney North Saanich Yacht Club. Fees: $300