The Fanshawe Yacht Club Sailing School (FYCSS) is located on Fanshawe Lake in London, Ontario and offers certified Learn to Sail courses for youth students (ages 7-16) in a fun and exciting environment during the summer months. Instructors at FYCSS are accredited by Sail Canada/Ontario Sailing Associations.
Class sizes are optimized for learning; Sail Canada recommends a maximum of 10 students per instructor. The fleet of sailboats available at the FYCSS includes Optimists, CL 14s and Club 420s.
CANSail Classes run Monday to Friday, including statutory holidays, from 9am to 4pm. A minimum of 4 students is necessary to form a class.
Clothing, Personal Items & Daily Lunch
Please ensure your child is dressed appropriately for the weather. At all times on shore and on the water, shorts or swim trunks must be worn. At all times on shore, a shirt going past waist length must be worn. Students are strongly encouraged to bring the following to each class:
Appropriate clothes for the forecasted weather (jacket, rainwear).
Safety (i.e. bike) helmet is encouraged.
Adequate amounts of water to drink, especially in the hot summer weather.
Complete change of dry clothes (just in case).
Swimsuit, towel, hat, waterproof sunscreen, sunglasses and retaining strap - especially for prescription glasses.
Proper footwear. Shoes protect toes and are better than sandals. Flip-flops are not permitted to be worn while on a boat or dock.
Notebook and pen (for taking notes during on shore instruction).
A hearty daily lunch (including an ice pack if necessary, drinks and afternoon snack) should be packed with each student every day. Please keep in mind that there is no snack bar, store or bottled water on site.
Please label everything that belongs to your child. Do not allow valuables to be brought to class (ie: phones, cameras, watches, jewellery). These items can be too easily dropped overboard or damaged by the water. Also, the FYCSS cannot be held responsible for valuables left unattended in the buildings or on the dock during a class.
Safety & Weather Considerations
Safety is the top priority of the FYCSS. Each student is required to wear an approved PFD at all times while in a boat or on a dock. Our programs continue rain or shine. While the FYCSS building provides rain shelter, foul weather gives students the opportunity to learn a number of necessary points outside. Proper dress for such days is essential (warm clothes, foul weather gear, rubber boots).
In any training environment for sailing, a degree of boat-to-boat contact is inevitable. However, most contact is avoidable. Students are strongly reminded that every boat must make every reasonable effort to avoid collisions, even if it has right-of-way, and even in light winds.
The school provides all necessary sailing equipment, including a personal floatation device (PFD) for each student.
Learn to Sail courses are also available for adults. For more information, visit: www.LondonSailing.ca
FYCSS is sometimes forced to cancel courses due to insufficient enrolment or other reasons. If this occurs, you will be notified and a full refund will be processed and sent to you.
SAILING SCHOOL REGATTA and PARENT EVENING & BANQUET
Thursday August 29th
To complete the profile, you will be required to accept the FYCSS Terms of Service which include the Information Acknowledgement & Liability Waiver, as mandatory to enroll in any FYCSS learn-to-sail program, whether registering online or manually. (see: Youth Info pdf at http://www.fyc.on.ca/sailing-school/youth-program/)
You will also be required to accept the Checklick Terms of Service, which are available on the Checklick website at https://www.checklick.com/terms