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Sailing Day Camps

CANSAIL 1 to 4 available, Kids aged 9 to 17 

ONEC operates a sailing camp for youth between the ages of 9 and 16. The students receive quality instruction stressing safety, fun, and learning. They are introduced to many different elements of sailing, safety practices, and seamanship. They will develop new skills in boat handling and sailing for both fun and competition.

Sail Canada certified instructors teach trainees, and successful trainees receive Sail Canada certificates from CANSail 1 to CANSail 4. We emphasize safety and low student-to-instructor ratios in accordance with Sail Canada guidelines. With our flexible week-to-week program, your child can move up through the levels as the summer progresses.

The camp operates in 1–4 week modules from July to August. There are a limited number of spaces.

Youths’ skills and experience are evaluated on the first day of camp, and an appropriate boat is chosen for them. Beginning sailors will be taught on the two-person Pico or the three-to- four person CL16. More experienced trainees will sail on RS Fevas, Lasers or Laser 2s.

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Learn more about the CANSAIL Program at Sail Canada




CANSail Level 1

(suggested 2 - 4 weeks full-day camp to complete):

This level introduces the beginner to sailing. It covers safety, seamanship, rigging and basic boat handling under an instructor’s direction in wind speeds of 4–9 knots. Terminology is also introduced to the beginner at this level together with seamanship and boat handling skills under instructor direction in wind speeds of 4–9 knots. This is the equivalent to white sail 1&2.



CANSail Level 2

(suggested 3 - 5 weeks full-day camp to complete):

A comprehensive level that covers the minimum knowledge and skills a sailor requires to sail safely and competently without supervision in wind speeds of 4–9 knots. This is the equivalent to white sail 3.



CANSail Level 3

(suggested 4 - 8 weeks full-day camp to complete):

This level introduces the sailor to sail trim and basic boat tuning. It also covers safety, seamanship, terminology, sail theory, sail shape and advanced boat handling skills in wind speeds of 9–4 knots. This is the equivalent to a bronze sail 4.



CANSail Level 4

(suggested 4 - 8 weeks full-day camp to complete):

Spinnaker use, boat maintenance, trapeze, and sail theory are covered in this level together with advanced boat handling skills in wind speeds of 9–4 knots. This is the equivalent to bronze sail 5.


Pre-requisite: Ability to swim 50m unassisted

Pre-requisite: CANSail1

Pre-requisite: CANSail2

Pre-requisite: CANSail3


ONEC’s central hub is the tennis pavilion, which is located on Tennis Crescent, south of the parkway.  Sailing campers are dropped off at the "Tennis Circle" on Tennis Crescent, next to the parking lot.

The Clubhouse has washrooms with showers inside, along with a small canteen for lunchtime treats. Outside is a grassy yard with picnic tables.

Wrapping around the pavilion are the tennis courts, and across the road is the beautiful boathouse where sailing kayaking and rowing camps take place. Unfortunately, the Boathouse will not be in use this Summer 2023 as it remains under construction. However, all water-sport camps will take place from the shore, east of the Boathouse. 

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At ONEC we want to ensure that the kids are receiving quality instruction stressing safety, fun and learning. We want them to learn and incorporate good safety practices and seamanship when taking part in any boating activity as well as developing new skills in boat handling and sailing. We also want to instil a responsibility for the boats and equipment. Finally we want to promote the development sportsmanship, integrity, and interpersonal skills.

Sailing is truly a unique sport. Skills learned can be used and enjoyed for a lifetime. Sailing challenges both the mind and body. It can be competitive or recreational; you can sail on big boats or little boats; by oneself, with a friend or on a team. Most importantly, everyone has the capacity to learn to sail on some level no matter what individual challenges they face.

Instructor Qualifications


Our instructors are CANSail certified. This means that they have:

  • Appropriate CANSail Instructor Training certification & CANSail Student Level.

  • Current Boat Safety Certification & Pleasure Craft Operators Card.

  • Standard First Aid & CPR-C.

  • Completed the CANSail Fundamentals Course & LTSD Module.

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Parents' handbook

ONEC offers all you could possibly want from a summer camp. We have a team of dedicated, qualified and enthusiastic instructors, beautiful facilities, and a safe and friendly environment. We offer a wide variety of games, sports and activities all with a fun small-camp feel.


Extended hours for pick up and drop off are offered free to all camp families.

Our regular camp runs from 9:00 a.m to 4:00 p.m. Working parents who need the extra time at the beginning and end of the day can drop off at 8:30 a.m and pick up by 4:30 p.m. if needed.


ON Friday

Make it a little  easier to get out the front door on Friday mornings by not having to worry about packing a lunch for camp.

ONEC offers a free BBQ lunch for all campers on Fridays.

WHERE to find us

The Ottawa New Edinburgh Club is a short 5 min drive from downtown Ottawa. Drop off and Pick up for camps is at Tennis Road / Rue Tennis, off Sir George Etienne Cartier Parkway.