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South Port Sailing School 2020

Welcome to South Port Sailing School. We offer lessons for youth from 6 to 18 years old as well as an introduction to sailing for adults. All programs are provided by certified instructors in a fun and safe environment. We hope you are able to join us for a wonderful chance to try sailing on our beautiful Lake St. Clair.

We are currently updating our programs and schedules for the 2020 season. Sessions and registration information will be posted here once available.

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Safety Requirements

  1. Each sailor must have his or her own approved vest type lifejacket. This will be worn at all times when on the water. Note that lifejackets must be approved by either Transport Canada, Canadian Coast Guard, or Fisheries and Oceans Canada.
  2. Sailing is an active pastime. Each sailor must be able to swim a minimum of 50 feet within a reasonable time.
  3. Each sailor must be able to swim underwater.
    (Note that sailors may be tested to ensure they meet above swimming requirements.)
  4. Each sailor is requested to dress for the weather, considering both temperatures (hypothermia) and sun (UV) for any given day. Sailors should also bring sunscreen as necessary for their own use.
  5. Sailors must bring proper footwear that can be worn on a boat and in the water.

Other Requirements

Each sailor must bring their own refillable water bottle, with their name indelibly marked. Disposable water bottles will not be allowed. A means of clipping the bottle to a boat is preferred if sailing in a dinghy.

Lunches should also be "garbage-free", and packed in reusable containers with their name indelibly marked.

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Valuables should not be brought to class (ie: phones, cameras, watches, jewellery). These items can be too easily dropped overboard or damaged by the water. Also, SPSS cannot be held responsible for valuables left unattended in the buildings or on the dock during a class.

Sailing lessons are a chance to enjoy the outdoors and spend time learning new skills and meeting new friends. The staff request that students refrain from using any electronic device during class time. Please leave devices at home or in your bags while at South Port.


CANSail Levels were introduced in 2012. Full details are available at the Sail Canada website. Levels are accomplished when a skill level is achieved. Everyone learns at their own pace, and weather can play a big role. Our instructors stress fun over achievement for young children. If level achievement is important, tell your instructor and they will give you progress reports.

Advancing Sailors: Questions and Concerns

SPSC Sailing School has set a high standard of achievement for its sailors to insure they move through the levels with confidence and the required base skills. Many of the instructors frequently required repeated levels to meet the program requirements.

In the past, instructors have felt parental pressure to advance sailors who had not achieved the required competence to advance. Obviously this would create serious concerns if, while in advanced levels, the sailor was unable to demonstrate the required skills — especially when some were necessary to sail independently on the Great Lakes

Please accept and appreciate that not all sailors will achieve the required skills on the first attempt. It is our goal to insure sailors can demonstrate consistently the required skills of the level being undertaken — a sailor that does not consistently demonstrate the required skills does not fail — the sailor has simply not completed the level. Please contact your child's instructor if you have concerns about your child's advancement. In most cases extra help can be arranged if you wish.

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