RYC PROGRAMS

SAILING

At Rondeau Yacht Club, we have an exceptional sailing program.  Our instructors are CYA (Canadian Yachting Association) Certified, and teach the CYA “CANSail” program curriculum, where students can earn certification from Level 1 to 4.

Class sizes are governed by the CYA, and the small student to instructor ratio ensures your children learn in the best possible environment.

Our Club’s primary teaching boat is the Laser, whose class makes up one of the world’s largest one-design dinghy racing fleets.  Other boats in our club’s instructional fleet are the Optimist, 420, Pico and the CL16.

An integral part of our sailing program is competition, driving students to achieve measurably better results, both against their peers as well as themselves. 

Our staff, facility and fleet gives RYC the ability to run a well tailored program that is safe, fun, and challenging for all students.

SWIMMING 

Rondeau Yacht Club’s Swimming Program classes are held in the naturally warm and shallow waters of Rondeau Bay.  The benefits and challenges offered by learning to swim in a natural environment create a strong and more skilled swimmer.  Our instructors are fully trained and certified, and teach following the curriculum as set out by the Royal Lifesaving Society.

CANOEING

Rondeau Yacht Club’s Canoeing Program integrates learning skills of canoeing while at the same time fostering an appreciation and understanding for the natural beauty of Rondeau Provincial Park and its fragile environment.  Furthermore, the RYC canoeing program follows the curriculum set out by the Ontario Recreational Canoeing Association (ORCA), from which our instructors receive their teaching certification.

WINDSURFING 

Windsurfing, a unique RYC program, has long been enjoyed in the waters of Rondeau Bay.  The first windsurfer appeared on the Bay in the late 70’s, and the popular sport in Rondeau has grown steadily since.  While sitting on the RYC deck overlooking the Bay, it is not uncommon on a windy, southwest day, to see dozens of windsurfers and kiters skimming across the waves. Skills developed through windsurfing can assist participants who later decide to take up kiteboarding. 

The RYC’s Learn to Windsurf program teaches participants the necessary theory and practical skills that will enable most people to be up and windsurfing in just a couple of hours. The shallow waters help to make Rondeau the ideal place to learn. In addition, the RYC uses modern windsurfing gear for instruction, and as in all RYC programs, our Windsurfing Instructors are experienced and fully certified.

ACCESS BOOM

The RYC is committed to accessibility.  The Club is Accessible, and as provided by the Park, a wheelchair accessible mat is installed to allow direct access to the waters of Rondeau Bay.  In addition to our regular programming, we have developed the Access Boom program, which offers the sailing camp experience to individuals with special needs. We maintain a fleet of specialized sailboats that can accommodate individuals with physical disabilities, including those who require a personal support worker.  Please feel free to email rondeauyachtclub@gmail.com or call 519-674-3830 during the summer season (July/Aug) to inquire about our Accessible Sailing Program.

SOCIAL

Not only does RYC offer Sailing, Windsurfing, Swimming and Canoeing programs, we also provide a social program and leadership opportunities for Club members and their families.  Weekly activities for all members and their families are organized and run by the Rondeau Yacht Club Junior Board (which is made up of RYC participants), with the assistance of Adult Advisors and willing helpers.  Events will be listed on our summer calendar!

 All RYC junior members 10 years of age and older are welcome to join the Junior Board and attend the lunchtime planning meeting.

 In addition to Junior Board events, we also offer Adult focused events throughout the summer months which can include private instruction in Adult Sailing, Windsurfing and Canoeing.