Who we are...

The Northern Alberta Sailing College (NASC) is a not-for-profit sailing school that instructs on Lake Wabamun in conjunction with the following Sailing Clubs:

What we teach...

NASC is accredited to teach the CANSail course curriculum developed by Sail Canada in accordance with their Long Term Sailor Development Plan. The CANSail levels reflect skills that sailors have achieved. Student achievement is recorded by our certified instructors into Sail Canada's sailor achievement database and are therefore transferable across Canada among all CANSail accredited teaching centres. 

All of our courses leverage the CANSail curriculum to instruct the fundamentals of sailing including safety, the parts of the boat, the rigging and de-rigging of a boat, the language of sailing, controlling the boat, trimming the sails, launching and docking.

Our typical student...

NASC offers programs that suit all abilities and ages, from 7 to 76. Generally, our participants have a desire to meet new people, experience the outdoors and enjoy life.  

For the purposes of boat selection and programming, we group students into the following categories:

  • Puddle Jumpers are aged 7-9
  • Junior sailors are aged 10-15 (under 120 lbs)
  • Youth sailors are 13-17 years of age (over 100 lbs)
  • Adult sailors are 16 and over
Students are encouraged to choose their sailing category based on age, experience and size.

Kinds of boats we use...

NASC uses sailboats chosen because they are stable, easy to maneuver and contain simple, essential controls. Skills developed in these boats can easily be transferred to other types of sailing craft. The boats are the stable 8 foot long Optimist (students under 120 pounds) and the 14 foot 420 (students over 100 pounds).

The "Optimist" (Puddle Jumpers & Junior)
Optimist Sailboats

The "420" (Youth)
420 - 2 person sailboat

The "420" (Adult)
420 - 2 person sailboat

Courses we offer...

  • Opti Wet Feet - Puddle Jumpers
    This program introduces children ages 7-9 to sailing. Our certified instructors will provide a friendly, fun and game-filled program. 

  • Basic (CANSail 1&2) - Junior, Youth, Adult
    This is the beginning of the formal Sail Canada CANSail program and the core of what NASC teaches. Sailors who have attained CANSail 2 should be able to effectively handle a sailboat in most weather conditions.

  • Advanced (CANSail 3-6) - Youth, Adult
    These levels of sailing are commensurate with strengthened sailing skills. NASC offers support for training at these levels in conjunction with local sailing clubs in their "Green Fleet" programs.
More details can be found on our Program Details page.

How do you register?

Schedules and Registration

Where do we teach?

NASC instructs on Lake Wabamun at both the Edmonton Yacht Club (at Seba Beach on Highway 91) and at the Wabamun Sailing Cub (on Range Road 43).  

Wabamun Lake Map

What do you need to bring? 

  • Canadian Government Approved Personal Floatation Device (PFD) & Whistle 
  • Water sport helmet (recommended for beginners) 
  • Wetsuit (optional but preferable) 
  • Water shoes (should be soft-soled) 
  • Bathing suit and clothing that can get wet 
  • Change of clothes each day and some kids should bring 2 changes; Towel 
  • Sunscreen, cap or hat 
  • Windbreaker or rain jacket 
  • Sweater or warm layer 
  • Eyeglass retainer strap 
  • Lunch 

Our commitment to safety...

Safety is an important part of NASC activities. Our instructors are certified to the rigorous standards of Sail Canada. A student must be able to swim and supply their own Canadian Government Approved Personal Floatation Device (PFD). Helmets (water sport) are recommended for beginners. NASC has rescue/coach boats with Canadian Coast Guard required safety gear on the water during sailing lessons.

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