Welcome to Wet Feet

About Wet Feet

Wet Feet sailing is the first step in the Buffalo Canoe Club Junior Sailing Program. While some children in our Day Camp Program will be introduced to Wet Feet sailing, it is not a replacement for this class sequence.  Children should plan to participate in the Wet Feet program for a minimum of  3-4 weeks.   Students progression through the program will be determined by the instructors. 

Wet Feet Curriculum

Wet Feet introduces young children to sailing in a fun and safe way using the Vanguard Prams. Games and activities are incorporated to keep learning enjoyable. After learning how to rig the boat, junior sailors move into shallow water and learn how to steer a boat, pull in the sail and determine where the wind is coming from. Children in the Wet Feet program will sail with either 1 or 2 other sailors & depending on skill level there is the opportunity to sail solo. Instructors are nearby, either standing in the shallow water or in their coach boats, providing safety while giving the children a sense of independence and developing their self-reliance. Over time, basic race courses and boat handling skills will be introduced while keeping the focus on fun. Sailors will follow the CANSail Wet Feet curriculum. 

Day/Time

Monday through Friday

  • 9:00 am until 12:00 pm or 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
  • Limited Saturday classes are available from 9:30 am until 11:30 am

Location

Class meets under the tent on the side lawn, adjacent to the playground.

Cost

Prices are in Canadian Dollars and include tax
  • $250 per week full-day sessions
  • $215 per week half-day sessions
  • Non-members add an additional 20% surcharge. A Member may take a Non-Member's spot up until 2 weeks prior to the start of the class and a full refund will be given to the Non-Member.
  • There are no refunds in the event of inclement weather (on-shore instruction will still take place)

Program Dates:

Week 1:  June 25th - June 29th AM
Week 1:  June 25th - June 29th  PM
Week 2:  July 2rd - July 6th  AM
Week 2:  July 2rd - July 6th PM
Week 3:  July 9th - July 13th  AM
Week 3:  July 9th - July 13th  PM            
Week 4: July 16th - July 20th  AM
Week 4: July 16th to July 20th  PM   
Week 5: July 23rd - July 27th AM
Week 5: July 23rd - July 27th PM         
Week 6:  July 30th - August 3rd AM
Week 6:  July 30th - August 3rd PM           
Week 7:  August 6th - August 10th AM
Week 7:  August 6th - August 10th PM               
Week 8:  August 13th - August 17th  AM
Week 8:  August 13th - August 17th PM      

OR

 What to Bring

  • Life jacket
  • Sunscreen​
  • Hat & sunglasses
  • Sandals/water shoes
  • Towel
  • Spare change of clothes
  • Lunch (if enrolled in day camp as well)
  • Water bottle
  • Rain jacket/pant depending on weather
  • Sailing gloves (optional)

Wednesday Racing - Opti, O'Pen BIC, 420

Wednesday night races is an adjunct program designed for our junior sailors to give them racing experience while still working in a familiar environment. It is open to sailors from our Wet Feet to our 420 Varsity team. To participate, check with your sailing instructor if you have questions as to whether or not your child is ready for racing. Sailors should arrive at the BCC no later than 5:30 pm to rig their boats and head onto the water. Sailing generally concludes between 7:00 pm-7:30 pm. Scoring for the races works in three week blocks; awards are given at the Junior Activities Banquet at the end of the summer for each category of boats. After racing, there is a parent sponsored potluck under the tent on the side lawn. Each family is asked to bring a dish to share; it is a great way to know other families in the program. Questions? Please contact John Marynowski, who is heading up the Wednesday night races in 2018.