- Do you offer introductory sailing with a member or trainer?
- I have never sailed. Can I join your Co-Op?
- On your membership application you offer full, associate and social memberships. Can I join as an associate my first year?
- We are a couple. Do you offer a discount for couples?
- When can I meet other members?
- I’m a new member. Now What?
- When can I go sailing?
- When can I go see the boats?
- How do I book a boat?
- Where can I find more information about sailing in the co-op?
- Where do I find the information about training requirements?
- Who do I talk to about the training that I need?
- What sort of courses should I be taking?
- How much time do I have to do these courses?
- Is there a test to become a sailing skipper?
- When do I start practical training?
- What study should I do to prepare?
- What should I wear sailing?
Do you offer introductory sailing with a member or trainer?
The answer is a qualified "Yes" depending on availability of a skipper. Contact our Membership Officer and ask.Back to Index
I have never sailed. Can I join your Co-Op?
Yes, absolutely! We will train you to sail our boats on Semiahmoo Bay.Back to Index
On your membership application you offer full, associate and social memberships. Can I join as an associate my first year?
No. Associate membership is only for full members who would like to take a break, but do not want to undergo the full training and initiation again.Back to Index
We are a couple. Do you offer a discount for couples?
No, sorry. Our goal is to keep our membership fees low and provide the best sailing experience in the Lower Mainland. Co-operative sailing is the best deal you will find and you get the added bonus of dozens of friends to call up and sail with you!Back to Index
When can I meet other members?
All guests and new members are welcome at our monthly meetings at the Rotary Field House in South Surrey Athletic Park, held every third Thursday of each month, except July, August and December. As a new member, the best way to meet others (and be offered opportunities to go sailing) is to come out and help with boat maintenance. The Preventative Maintenance day is scheduled every third Saturday of each month, from 08:00 to 11:00 hours at the respective docks of the boats.Back to Index
I’m a new member. Now What?
New members will be telephoned by our Membership Officer. You will be given website passwords to explore the members area of the website, which contains lots of good information about the operation of our club. You will also be contacted by a Training Officer to set up your training. This requires classroom training as well as the on-the-water training.Back to Index
When can I go sailing?
A new member will be given access to the members' area of the website, and the best way to go sailing is to contact other members on the membership list and ask! Most of us would rather go sailing for the afternoon than mow the grass or do other chores. A trainer will be assigned to you, your new group will consist of 3 plus a trainer and between the four of you, you will make your training dates.Back to Index
When can I go see the boats?
New members will be given the information to access the boats, and are encouraged to go down on their own and look over the boats. They are also encouraged to book a boat and spend time exploring, opening hatches and lockers and spend some time reading the binder on board which will contain information about the club, the boat and sailing.Back to Index
How do I book a boat?
New members will be given access to the Online Booking System, with their own password. Training on how to use the booking system will be provided also.Back to Index
Where can I find more information about sailing in the co-op?
New members can explore the website. It is full of information and is being updated regularly. Ask another member, they will be more than happy to answer your questions.Back to Index
Where do I find the information about training requirements?
There is a Training menu on the members page, with links to various aspects of training. This is a good place to start.Back to Index
Who do I talk to about the training that I need?
Start by speaking to the Training Officer. He/she will be able to give you the times for classroom training and organize with you for on-the-water training with a training skipper.Back to Index
What sort of courses should I be taking?
Even though we will train you to sail our boats, you will still need some basic courses. All sailors must have a Canadian Pleasure Craft Operators Card (PCOC). You should also consider taking either Canadian Yachting Association Basic Cruising or International Sail and Power Academy Day Skipper courses. Canadian Power and Sail Squadron "Basic Boating" is also a good course to take. You will also need to have a Restricted Radio Operators' Certificate (Maritime) for operating the VHF radio. These certificates are not included in your membership fees and will cost extra.Back to Index
How much time do I have to do these courses?
Since we are only training you to sail our own boats, the minimum you must have before you begin is the PCOC. The rest up to you, but is usually done as soon as practicable. Our training usually takes three to four months, depending on your experience and aptitude. Some people are done in weeks, others prefer a more laid back approach.Back to Index
Is there a test to become a sailing skipper?
Yes. In order to be allowed to skipper one of our boats for day sailing in Semiahmoo Bay, you must have been recommended by your trainer as ready to be tested and then you must prove your ability by sailing with our Training Officer who will test you on your skills and knowledge.Back to Index
When do I start practical training?
We usually try to have a few classroom sessions in March and early April. By then, the weather has warmed up and trainers will take you out for practical sailing experience.Back to Index
What study should I do to prepare?
Learn your basic terminology of a sailboat structure, of the sails and of the lines involved. It is like a foreign language, and if you have already some idea of what things are called, you will progress much more quickly. Learn some basic knots and PRACTICE them! Reef knot, bowline, clove hitch, figure eight knot and belaying (securing) to a cleat are all necessary. Check our website links to other sites which help explain some of these things.Back to Index
What should I wear sailing?
First, you need non-marking no slip shoes. It is a good idea to cover your toes on a sailboat, so open-toed sandals should be avoided. Wear a hat, bring a polar fleece jacket and a windbreaker. It's always colder on the water! Sunscreen is another must have. Use it!Back to Index