Your first sail

What to expect

You will be given an appointment for an evaluation before your first sail, usually half an hour before your scheduled sailing time.  A trained member of the AQVA staff will ask you for information about your abilities and disabilities as well as any medical conditions that we should be aware of.  The information gathered will be used to determine the best way we can meet your needs, more specifically how you will:

  • Get on and off the dock
  • Get in and out of the boat
  • Be safely & securely seated in the boat
  • Control the boat

This information is kept on file so that each time you come to sail your instructor will have whatever equipment you might need ready for you.

Can I bring a friend or family member?

Friends or family members are welcome to accompany you to the sailing club however they will not be able to sail with you.  While you're sailing they can wait on the deck of the club - or go to the nearby park so that they can see you out on the water.  Or perhaps they would like to walk to the Pointe-Claire village which has many interesting boutiques and cafés!

What to bring with you.

• Hat
• Sunglasses
• Water bottle
• Special cushion (if desired, though we have many at our facility)
• Sun screen
• Foul weather gear (if you have your own)
• Personal PFD - Life Jacket (we have many at our facility)
• Waterproof footwear
• Sailing gloves

What if its raining?

Sailors aren't afraid of water! As long as there is wind we will sail! However we will not sail if there is a risk of thunderstorms. In this case we will call you to cancel your sail and schedule a new one. If you aren't sure, call the office at 514-694-8021. Please note that the weather at the Club is often quite different than in the city. If it is raining downtown the sun may be shining in Pointe Claire.

Accessible washrooms?

There is a fully accessible washroom right next to the AQVA office, as well as disabled stalls in both the men's and ladies' locker rooms. We do not however have personal attendants available. If you need assistance for toileting you will have to bring someone with you.

Food and drink

Pointe-Claire Yacht Club does have a restaurant and bar however they are open only to yacht club members.  So you will need to bring your own food and beverages if you want to snack or eat before or after your sail.

Download our information package here:

Call 514-694-8021 or send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to book your first sail.