Wet Feet

Wet Feet sailing is the first step in the Buffalo Canoe Club junior sailing program. While some 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

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
  • $215 per week
  • Non-members add an additional 20% surcharge
  • There are no refunds in the event of inclement weather (on-shore instruction will still take place)

Sessions:
Week 1:  June 26th to June 30th AM
Week 1:  June 26th to June 30th  PM
Week 2:  July 3rd to July 7th  AM
Week 2:  July 3rd to July 7th PM
Week 3:  July 10th to July 14th  AM
Week 3:  July 10th to July 14th 
 PM            
Week 4: July 17th to July 21st  AM
Week 4: July 17th to July 21st  PM   
Week 5: July 24th to July 28th AM
Week 5: July 24th to July 28th PM         
Week 6:  July 31st to August 4th AM
Week 6:  July 31st to August 4th PM           
Week 7:  August 7th to August 11th AM
Week 7:  August 7th to August 11th PM               
Week 8:  August 14th to August 18th  AM
Week 8:  August 14th to August 18th
 PM      

OR

Saturday Classes: June 24th - August 12th. 9:30 am-11:30 am - $40 per class. 3 student minimum  

 
What to Bring

  • Life jacket
  • Sunscreen‚Äč
  • 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 Night Races
Wednesday night races is an adjunct program designed for our junior sailors to give them a more competitive 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 must be registered for the Junior Sailing Program in order to participate/ use a BCC Fleet Boat. 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 2017 at icemenlax@gmail.com