A few options are:
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.
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.
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.
Our lessons are not actually CYA certified (although our instructors are CYA-qualified or equivalent). Roughly speaking Beginner sailing lessons are equivalent to White Sail I & II and Intermediate sailing lessons are equivalent to White Sail III.
If you have previously passed a White Sail lesson 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.
If you feel that you are an advanced sailor you should seriously consider it. Our proficiency exams will look for a high level of skill. If you have recently completed White Sail III and have not spent a lot of time on the water you probably will not pass. If you are in doubt, consider taking Intermediate lessons – not only are our lessons a great deal, but they are also the best way to meet new sailing partners.
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.