Fun and fitness through tennis, sailing and rowing


The club location provides easy access to the water, marina and pier. The sailing program includes junior and adult lessons, sailing races and regattas. Check out the Deep River Sailing School Facebook page.

Junior Sailing

Registration: Muriel Hostettler (584-4900) and Program: John Wills (584-2879)

Junior sailing lessons for ages 8 to 17 as of 2017 Dec 31 is the focus for the junior sailing program. Classes are full day attendance from 9 am to 4 pm, or half day sessions from 1 to 4pm on a weekly basis from July 3 to August 18. There is an optional one hour, supervised lunch break from noon-1 pm. Please contact Muriel for more details. Juniors do not have to have a club membership to take lessons – see Registration Form 4 – Junior Sailing Lessons.

Lessons are given by certified CanSail instructors. Laser II, Laser, 420, Topper Topaz, Albacore and Optimist dinghies are available.

Students must have a PFD (life jacket) that meets Canadian government standards and has a pealess whistle attached.

Students learn to sail through on-land training and on-water experience in dinghies. They spend a lot of time in the water and should expect to get wet! Students are encouraged to sign up for multiple weeks to build confidence and technical skill. Student progress is reported weekly by email through the CANSail CHECKLICK program.

An enrichment program for junior sailors, “Learn to Race”, is offered as an additional cost option to the junior sailing program on Friday evenings, starting at 5:00 pm. Students who have achieved CANSail 2 or above can hone the skills learned in day classes as well as learn advanced techniques such as spinnaker handling with a coach/safety boat in attendance.

Adult Dinghy Sailing Lessons

Registration: Muriel Hostettler (584-4900) and Program: John Wills (584-2879)

Adult sailing lessons consist of up to 12 hours of group lessons on a weekend convenient for the group. No experience necessary. For planning purposes, please express interest by July 1 for this program. Instruction will follow the CanSail standards. Participants must have a Canadian government approved PFD (life jacket) with pealess whistle attached. Call John Wills for details.

Dinghy Racing

Contact: John Wills (584-2879)

Weather permitting, dinghy races will be held 5:00 pm until dusk on Tuesdays in June through September. All participants are required to have a club membership and pay a racing program fee. This includes either, for those who have their own boats, summer dinghy storage on the beach, or for experienced sailors who do not own a dinghy, use of the club dinghies for the Tuesday races.

Students currently enrolled in the club lesson programs (e.g. junior sailors who have achieved CANSail 3 or higher and adult students) may participate in the racing program, including use of club boats on race nights. A safety boat is on duty during the races.

Call John Wills at 613-584-2879 for exact dates and times.

Casual Sailing Mondays

Contact: John Wills (584-2879)

Club members and sailing school students, both adult and junior, are encouraged to come out for an evening of casual sailing with a safety boat in attendance. Informal coaching or help with rigging is available from an instructor if desired. Participants may use a club boat or their own dinghy. A fee of $15.00 per person per session is charged to defray the cost of the safety boat and instructor.

Call John Wills for specifics.