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 is 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.

CANSail programming means lots of time on the water in a safe, fun and active learning environment, with relatively less time spent in a classroom. Sailors learn the skills and enter into fun and challenging experiences suited to their age and stage of development. The programming is designed to get - and keep - sailors excited about sailing for life! There are six CANSail levels promote progressive training of core dinghy sailing skills.  

NASC offers the first 2 of these training levels and each level will typically take three day sessions to complete.

Our typical student...

NASC offers programs that suit all abilities and ages, from 8 to 75. 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:

  • Junior sailors are aged 8-13 (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" (Junior)
Optimist Sailboats

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

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

Programs we offer...

  • Club Junior & Youth Sailing (Optimist/420)
    6 half-days through summer

    This program introduces children ages 8-17 to sailing. Our certified instructors will provide a friendly, fun and game-filled program that introduces our Junior sailors to the CanSail program in the Optimist sailboat that they sail themselves and Youth sailors to the program in 420 sailboat they sail with a partner. 

  • CANSail 1 Adult (420)
    3-4 one-day sessions to complete

    This program is the foundation of the CANSail program and the core of what NASC teaches.  While generally geared towards adult learners, we can accommodate youth sailors (over 120 lbs) learning along-side their adult guardians. 

  • CanSail 2 Adult (420)
    3-4 one-day sessions to complete

    This program allows sailors to build on their CANSail 1 skills with further practice and experience.  Sailors who have attained CANSail 2 should be able to effectively handle a sailboat through all points of sail in moderate weather conditions.  
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 Flotation Device (PFD) & Whistle 
  • Water sport helmet (recommended for beginners) 
  • Wetsuit (optional but preferable when < 15C) 
  • 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 Flotation Device (PFD). Helmets (water sport) are recommended for beginners. NASC has support/coach boats with Canadian Coast Guard required safety gear on the water during sailing lessons.

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