Welcome to Opti Single

About Opti Single:

Opti Single is an alternative first step in the Buffalo Canoe Club Junior Sailing Program. The curriculum is slightly more advanced than the Wet Feet program and children in the Opti Single program sail solo. Children should plan to participate in the Opti Single program for a minimum of three to four weeks before moving on to the next program level. Students’ progression through the program will be determined by the instructors. This program is designed for children aged 8 - 10. 

Opti Single Curriculum:
Opti Single is a slightly more advanced version of Wet Feet, with one big difference. Children do not have other crew in the Opti with them, there is 1 child per boat. Young children are introduced 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 deeper water and learn how to steer a boat, pull in the sail and determine where the wind is coming from. Children in Opti Single will 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. 

The Opti Single program may sail with the beginner O'pen Skiff program.

Monday through Friday
9:00 am - 4:00 pm

Per Week | $360 Member | $430 Non-Member

Class meets on the Germain Lawn.

Please Note:
Prices are in Canadian Funds and include taxes.
A Member may take a Non-Member's spot up until 2 weeks prior to the start of the class. A full refund will be given to the Non-Member. Non-Member's will be guaranteed a place in a Day Camp program in the event a Member takes their place.
There are no refunds in the event of inclement weather (on-shore instruction will still take place).

  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
  • Running shoes
  • Sailing gloves (optional)

2024 Program Dates:
Week 1: June 24th - June 28th 
Week 2: July 1st - July 5th 
Week 3: July 8th - 12th 
Week 4: July 15th - July 19th 
Week 5: July 22nd - 26th 
Week 6: July 29th - August 2nd 
Week 7: August 5th - August 9th (Please inquire for availability)
Week 8: August 12th - August 16th 

Wednesday Racing - Opti, O'Pen Skiff, 420