At Rondeau Yacht Club, we have an exceptional sailing program. Our instructors are CYA (Canadian Yachting Association) Certified, and teach the 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 and the Wayfarer.
An integral component of our sailing program is competition. Racing not only forms part of our daily instructional program, but also takes place on the weekends. Weekend racing is open to all (young and old, novice and experienced) Laser sailors, and takes place either in Rondeau Bay or on the open waters of Lake Erie, depending on wind direction and water conditions.
Rondeau Yacht Club’s Swimming Program classes are held in the naturally warm and shallow waters of Rondeau Bay. The 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.
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, a recent addition to the RYC program, has long been enjoyed in the waters of Rondeau Bay. The first windsurfer appeared on the Bay in the early 80’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 skimming across the waves.
The RYC’s Learn to Windsurf program teaches participants the necessary theory and practical skills that will enable most people to be up and sailing in just a couple of hours. In addition, the windsurfing equipment that RYC uses for instruction is the best teaching equipment available today, and as in all RYC programs, our Windsurfing Instructors are experienced and fully certified.
The RYC is committed to accessibility. The Club building and dock are both accessible via inclined ramps. 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. Registration for this specialized program is facilitated through our community partners, Chatham-Kent Special Populations and the Children’s Treatment Centre of Chatham-Kent.
Ages 4-10 | 9:00 to noon
Our morning program includes sailing, swimming and canoeing lessons, plus fun crafts and outdoor activities. Children 9 years and older will be introduced to windsurfing.
Members of RYC are divided into groups so that students of similar age and ability are learning with like students. There are four groups during the morning which is primarily designed for students ages 10 and under. Students will spend about 45 minutes on each discipline and crafts/games. The schedule will be posted in club.
Blue Gills and Red Foxes will be windsurfing in the morning!
Ages 11+ | 1:00 to 4:00
Our afternoon program includes sailing, swimming and canoeing lessons. Windsurfing lessons are offered during the morning for afternoon participants.
Students over 10 years of age will focus on sailing, windsurfing, swimming and canoeing with classes taking place during the morning and afternoon. The morning offers students the opportunity to learn windsurfing while the afternoon portion is reserved for sailing, swimming and canoeing. Students will spend 45 minutes to 1.5 hours in each discipline depending on wind and water conditions.
Groups 1 and 2 will be able to sign up for a windsurfing time slot. Groups 3 and 4 will be windsurfing in the afternoon.