Mentored Sailing / Shark Program

Learn to Sail without Owning a Boat

Planning and registration for the 2021 Mentored Sailing / Shark Program is in progress and we have a new (to us) boat!  In accordance with Ministry of Health guidance, Covid-19 distancing and PPE measures will apply to help ensure a safe experience.

Welcome to the wonderful world of sailing! At Burlington Sailing & Boating Club we realize it can be expensive for families to get involved in the sport of sailing so we developed an adult learn to sail program using our own club keelboats to introduce sailing to those with no prior experience.

We refer to the program as the Shark Program in recognition of the boat design first used. The program is a hands-on sailing course using a defined syllabus and is taught by experienced Club Sailing Mentors with a total of more than 50 years’ experience cruising and racing keelboats.

A key benefit of joining the Shark Program is that once you have mastered the syllabus and earned your Skipper certificate you will be able to reserve one of the boats and take your family out for an enjoyable cruise on Burlington Bay or enter the club's racing program. 

Whether you are new to sailing or have been sailing for years, the Shark Program lets you develop and hone your sailing skills at your own pace. Club Sailing Mentors provide you with ongoing coaching in the sport.

How does the program work?

When you join the program you become an Intermediate Member of BSBC and can participate in club events.  We start with the assumption program members do not know how to sail and our objective is to teach sailing and seamanship to a level that members will be able to take the boats out themselves.

The program runs at defined times so mentors and members can plan their participation.  There are several sessions scheduled each week but members typically chose a single time slot so as to develop a better coaching relationship with their Sailing Mentors.

Members enter the program as Crew and progress to Skipper when they show proficiency with the defined skills and seamanship.  Skippers will be evaluated by the Program Co-ordinator and once they have proved their sailing competency will be able to take boats out without a Sailing Mentor.

After 2 years in the program it is expected members will join BSBC as Senior Members to continue in the program.

Volunteer Hours

Members are required to spend at least 10 hours working on boat care and maintenance.  You will be assigned to one of the boats along with a Maintenance Mentor and will work with that mentor and his team on various boat projects including spring commissioning and fall decommissioning.

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Meet other sailors and join in club activities

When you join the BS&BC Shark Program you become an Intermediate Member of BS&BC.  As a member of the BS&BC sailing community, you enjoy the facilities and social gatherings offered by BS&BC throughout the year such as regattas, cruising and racing seminars, the Commodore's Dinner, and "Sailpast".  Membership enables you to make new friends and introduce your family to the lifelong sport of sailing.

Join the Mentored Sailing Program

Are you interested? Click here to Join the Shark program.

When you are admitted into the Shark Program we will also need you to sign the Waiver of Liability


Program Coordinator - Monique          
Booking Coordinator
Rear Commodore Boating


The Burlington Sailing & Boating Club
841 LaSalle Park Road
Burlington, ON  L7T 4G9
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