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Membership Information

Ottawa's Lac Deschênes Sailing Club is like going to the cottage for the day, right in the middle of the city. Look down river and you'll see skyscrapers. Look up river and take in the Gatineau Hills. You choose which way you want to go. (Okay, the wind might have some impact, but you get the idea!)

Registration for the 2024 sailing season opened on March 1 for returning members, and on April 1 for new members. The deadline for returning members is March 31, 2024 after which a late fee will apply. Our membership rates are low at $511.19 + taxes for a full family membership and a steal if you are 30 years old or less at $194.48 + taxes.

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Cooperative Commitment

The spirit, essence and history of LDSC is rooted in community and commitment. The day-to-day operations and its member services depends almost entirely upon member's volunteer efforts. Dock construction and maintenance, the racing and training programs, social and special events, communications, publicity, membership, and routine administration are some of the many tasks performed by the members. By joining LDSC, you are committing to the spirit of a cooperative environment and to volunteer your time to help perform work duties as outlined in the membership form.

  • Voting: All members in good standing, aged 18 years of age and older, are entitled to one vote at Club General Meetings and are eligible to be elected to the Board of Directors.
  • Volunteering: All members are expected to volunteer time towards the maintenance and operation of the club, unless the volunteer opt-out fee is paid.
  • Space allocation for boats: Refers to wet or dry mooring, during the sailing season only, for one of the following: monohull sailboat, catamaran sailboat, keelboat (and dinghy), boardsail, canoe, kayak or stand up paddleboard. When eligible, members may apply for space allocation for a second boat, if space permits. 
  • Initiation fees: Must be paid for the first two years of Full privilege membership, even if the member previously held Young Adult or Crew level privileges. 
  • Pleasure Craft Operators Card: All members aged 18 years of age and older are expected to hold a valid Pleasure Craft Operators Card before participating in any on-the-water activities.

Privilege Level Eligibility

The Lac Deschênes Sailing Club has various levels of membership privileges that may be purchased at the time of registration.

Privilege Level Eligibility
  • 1 or 2 adults aged 18 years of age or older who reside at the same address
  • Children of these adults aged 17 years of age or younger
  • Children of these adults aged 18 to 30 who are full time students and whose legal address is the same as the adults
Young Adult
  • 1 adult aged 18 to 30 years of age
  • 1 adult aged 18 years of age or older
  • Must provide the name of the Full Privilege Member on whose boat crewing will be done

  • 1 adult who has held Full privileges for 10 years or more


Membership Privilege Levels

Privilege Level Sailing Clubhouse and Grounds Access Social Event Participation Space Allocation for One Boat Option to Purchase Space Allocation for Second Boat Initiation Fee

Full sailing privileges

Club boat access may be purchased

Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Young Adult

Full sailing privileges

Club boat access may be purchased

Yes Yes Yes No No
Crew Crewing privileges on any boat owned by another club member Yes Yes No No No
Alumni None Yes Yes No No No