The club offers a unique sailing training program for both adults and youths. It’s like learning to sail at the cottage! Our grounds have many trees that provide shade and lawns that reach to a stone beach - it’s a great place to complement your lessons with a family picnic.
Club membership discounts for sail training are available to you if you decide to join after your training.

The following training is offered in 2020:

YOUTH DAY CAMP (Monday to Friday)

A fun program giving an introduction to sailing using Laser sail boats following Sail Canada's CANSail 1 and 2 or 3 and 4 curriculum. Program runs 9am to 4pm. Drop off at 8:45, pickup by 4:30.  These lessons will be delivered using Laser sail boats.  We have small class sizes.

CANSail 1 and CANSail 2: Fundamental Skill Acquisition

Ages:  7 and older


  • from 29 June to 3 July (no camp on 1 July)
  • from 6 July to 10 July
  • from 27 July to 31 July

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CANSail 3 and CANSail 4: Fundamental Skill Consolidation

Ages: 11 and older


  • from 13 July to 24 July (weekdays only)

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CANSail 1 and CANSail 2:  Acquisition of fundamental skills

  • Mondays and Fridays, June 1-26 inclusive, 6-9pm.
  • Tuesdays and Thursdays, June 2-25 inclusive, 6-9pm.

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Established in 1966 to provide dinghy and cat sailors in the Ottawa region a venue for small boat sailing, the Lac Deschênes Sailing Club (LDSC) is a not-for-profit volunteer organization that offers a unique sailing experience and a family friendly, cottage atmosphere. Today, the Club features beach launching for dry sailed dinghies and cats as well as wet moorings for 22 keel boats. 

Nestled in Shirleys Bay, the Club offers superb sailing conditions and protection from the typically northwest winds that come down the Ottawa River. Setup and launching is convenient and comfortable.

LDSC has much to offer all levels of sailors – ranging from kids sail camp to junior and adult training programs. We offer professional sailing programs with dedicated instructors who provide instruction from beginner through to advanced levels. Adults are often coached one on one by volunteer club members to fast-track new members into sailing and racing. 

With access to all club facilities, including the clubhouse, the boat launch, the tender storage space, the mooring field, plus a robust social program and guest privileges our members also receive discounts from club facility rates and our junior learn to sail program. Another member benefit includes reciprocal inter-club privaleges with the Nepean Sailing Club and the Britannia Yacht Club.