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Frequently Asked Questions

General Questions:

Social: restricted membership for current UBC Students only. This only allows you to join our on-land events.
Student: full membership for current UBC Students only.
General: full membership for anyone who is not currently enrolled as a UBC Student.

Full membership (Student or General) grants the following privileges:

  • without equipment certification, you can be a guest on the water an unlimited amount of times;
  • you can achieve certification on any equipment through mentoring, proficiency exam, group lessons, or private lessons;
  • once certified on any equipment, you can use that equipment an unlimited number of times in the season, at no addional cost;
  • under certain conditions, you may take guests with you on club equipment you are certified on

No, you don't need to be (or have ever been) a UBC Student to join the club! Everyone is welcome to join the club and enjoy the same access to boats and lessons.

As a member you can do that right away if you know a member who invites you to join them on the water on their equipment.

They can even mentor you so that you become certified on that equipment.

If you would like to receive more organized training, check out our lessons and use our lessons calendar to register for the one you want.

Our yearly membership costs $140 for UBC students, $370 otherwise.

Sign up for one of our office hours to pick up your wetsuit and get tips on how to care for it. Order one here if you have not yet!

We strive to make water sports affordable.

This is reflected both in our mentoring program, through which members can get certified at no cost, and in the price of our group lessons, which deliver strutured, quality training at a low price.

Lessons can take as little as 1.5 hours for a SUP Orientation, or 24-30 hours over 4-6 days for an advanced sailing course.

A few options include:

  • work parties
    • boat repair and maintenance
    • building club infrastructure (racks for example)
  • attend # tbt Tool Box Thursdays ( 4 to 8pm) for repairs, to meet members, and sail!
  • promote the club, for example postering UBC
  • at our epic hangar parties! – sell tickets, set-up, bartending, cleanup, etc.
  • and more
To get involved, follow us on social media or sign up for our newsletter where volunteer opportunities will be posted.

The club was originally founded as a non-profit student organization and, as such, continuing with the AMS allows the club to remain affordable to students and the general public.

Yes, if you are an active UBC AMS member (eg. if you qualify for AMS insurance).

Yes. Prospective members must be at least 16 years old to join the club, and at least 18 years old to participate in lessons.

No. Our equipment and lessons are exclusively available to full members (Student Membership or General Membership).

Registration Questions:

No. In addition to registering on our website, we also require that members have an active Jericho membership. This can be purchased online through the Jericho website. Please remember to input your Jericho card number to your UBCSC account to ensure access to our rooms and equipment.

Please go to the following link for registration details! (Link)

Yes! Over the past few pre-CoViD years demand for the UBC Sailing Club has grown at a very high rate and demand has never been higher (weird how being the most affordable water access in BC while offering the most modern fleet will do that). Membership will often be capped at around 500 people, any more and it would be hard to get access to the boats.
Further to the 500 person capacity it is important to note that we have to maintain a 60% UBC student membership because of our association with the UBC AMS (UBC Student Society).

Occasionally, our non-student membership filled up on the first open day of registration where a line started to form about an hour before registration opened.

Our recent transition to a new online membership management platform helps us better coordinate registration to ensure returning members get a spot first.

Yes, but only during a short timeframe in February/March where we enable membership renewal. Make sure to watch Club communication around that time of the year. If you miss that timeframe you are in competition with all non-returning members for the last spots in the club.

Sailing Questions:

Our lessons are not actually Sail Canada certified (although our instructors are Sail Canada-qualified or equivalent). Roughly speaking Beginner sailing lessons are equivalent to CANSail 1 and 2 and Intermediate sailing lessons are equivalent to CANSail 3.

If you have previously passed CANSail 2 or if you have a moderate level of experience, then you should discuss skipping Beginner and jumping right into Intermediate with the lessons coordinator. Please note, some students find entering Intermediate lessons directly quite challenging after a significant break in their sailing career.

See here.

For Beginner or Intermediate sailing lessons, generally you could miss 3 to 6 hours of the lessons and still be able to pass, provided your skills are developing well.  Be sure to ask the instructor about the material you missed.  Passing the lessons, whether you miss any days or not, is still up to the discretion of the instructor.  If you miss more than 6 hours of lessons you will fail and need to pay for another set of lessons.


Sailing - Windsurfing - Kayaking - Paddle boarding

Jericho Sailing Centre, 1300 Discovery St., Vancouver BC V6R 4K5
Like most of Vancouver, the Jericho Sailing Centre is located on unceded, traditional and ancestral territory of the Coast Salish Peoples,
including the territories of xʷməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), and Səl̓ílwətaɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) - What does that mean?

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