Welcome To The Sooke Sailing Association


Optimist Program

Teaching children from the ages of 6 to 14 to safely sail and have fun on the water at Sooke and in Oak Bay


Dinghy Sailing

Year Round Sailing for Youth (14 and up) and Adults. We have a 16ft M-Scow, a few Pirates, a couple of lasers and a couple of Laser II sailing most Sundays.


Cruise and Learn

We introduce you to sailing and cruising in our sailboats or yours. You can do day classes and practice sails, three day condensed courses or come and cruise for a 5 day trip.

The Sooke Sailing Association

We get together to cruise, sail, practice and train.

All types and sizes of sailboats, dinghies and people are welcome.

Come have some fun!

Our main focus is working on our kids sailing program in Sooke. With our week long summer sailing lessons and our Sunday Dinghy Sails in the Sooke Harbour year round we are really getting there. We will offer sailing programs early in July. Striving to one day have introductory classes in the schools. We are teamed up with Rush Adventures  at Coopers Cove and Mariners Village in the Sooke Harbour in Sooke and are really looking forward many years of Sailing in Sooke.

Opti Program: Teaching children from the ages of 6 to 14 to safely sail and have fun on the water at Sooke. As the children get older they are confident to move on to racing, teaching sailing or advanced sailing classes. If you would like more information on the Program we are modeled after, Mobile Optimist Sailing School (MOSS) or want to sign up look below.

Dinghy Program: We have two person Dinghy sailing most Sundays with 2 Pirates, 2 Laser 11 and a Laser. This is for the older Youth (14 and up) and Adults. We are offering a one week CANSail 1 to 4 this year also.

Youth and Adult: We have a M-Scow and the other Dinghies from above sailing most Sundays. This is for the older Youth (14 and up) and Adults. We have dinghy days periodically bring your own… hope to have some Laser II races.

Keelboat Program: We do introductory sails on weekdays or weekends. On the Sooke Basin or the Strait of Juan de Fuca to introduce people to the joys of sailing. All ages welcome! Check out this program at Starlight Sailing Adventures.

The Sooke Sailing Co-op, an affordable way to sail, introduce yourself to sailing, learn about boat maintenance, or to keep your sailing skills up to date. Check out this program at The Sooke sailing Co-op.

We accept donations of boats or money towards purchasing dinghies and running our sailing school for kids 6 to 14 years old and can offer a tax deductible receipt through National Sport Trust Fund.

A short video about the start of the Sooke Sailing Association 

420 Racing
Picture of sailing a dinghy in the Sooke Harbour
Optimist Dinghy in Coopers Cove
Setting up the Optimist Dinghy


Sail Canada Trained

Coach Boat Safety, The Concussion Protocol, Identifying Bullying, and vulnerable sector checks.

First Aid

First Aid Training

updated regularly

Sail Canada Certified

Established in 1931, Sail Canada (formerly known as Canadian Yachting Association) is the national governing body for the spot of sailing in all its forms including yachting through collaboration with our partners, the Provincial sailing Associations, member clubs, schools, and many individual stakeholders.

Leadership Programs

We work with our kids as soon as they have acquired skills to get them teaching others if they are interested. The majority of our Instructors began with us as Optimist Sailors.