Do I need to be able to swim?
Yes. All participants for adult learn to windsurf and our summer camp must be able to swim independently (this means without any flotation or aid) for a minimum of 25 meters and must be capable of participating in moderate physical exercise. You should also be comfortable in and around the water because learning to windsurf does involve some swimming.
Is there a minimum age for adult learn to windsurf lessons?
Yes. All participants for adult learn to windsurf lessons must be at least 18 years old by Dec 31.
Do I really need a wetsuit?
Wetsuits are a personal preference, but strongly recommended in June before the water temperature starts to rise. We have wetsuits and boots available but cannot always guarantee optimal sizing for everybody.
For students who wish to bring their own wetsuits we recommend one with short arms and legs. These are the most versatile and can be purchased from many stores for under $100. Basic neoprene boots or watershoes are available for about $30. PFDs (life jackets) must be government-approved and be a good fit (if you're not sure we can help and most marine stores can help too). Economical sources include Canadian Tire, Walmart, Costco and Amazon. Higher quality gear specific to windsurfing is available from Boardsports and Silent Sports.
What do I need to bring?
- Bathing suit and t-shirt (quick dry if possible) to wear on the water;
- Hat, sunglasses (with strap) and sunscreen;
- Towel and change of dry clothes;
- Back pack or gym bag;
- Snacks and fluids (we have a fridge);
- A padlock for your locker (optional).
Where do I change and leave my stuff?
We have change rooms and lockers in the clubhouse but you must bring your own lock. We recommend that you leave valuable items at home. The Toronto Windsurfing Club is on public property and therefore unable to accept responsibility for any loss or damage to personal possessions.
Do I need to be a member to take lessons?
No, it is not necessary to be a member to take lessons. Students who register for a learn to windsurf course (four lessons) are eligible to become a member at no extra charge.
Can I just rent equipment if I already know how to windsurf?
No, the club’s equipment is only available during lessons and to participants in our Stay Hooked practice program.
Who are the instructors?
Our instructors are passionate windsurfers with Sail Canada Instructor Certification and prerequisites in First Aid, CPR and water safety. The coach boat drivers are also qualified. Some instructors are also accomplished racers at the provincial or national level.
What should I bring with me to Summer Camp?
For a fun day on the water at camp, everyone MUST bring a few things with them:
- A PFD (personal floation device) or lifejacket that fits (we have a very limited quantity to lend);
- A FULL refillable water bottle (2 if you have a spare);
- A packed lunch (please NO NUTS!);
- Water resistant sun screen;
- A sun hat (inexpensive sunglasses are optional);
- Shoes that can get wet - no flip flops, old running shoes are inexpensive and work great, Crocs are ok, wetsuit shoes are good, Keens are good;
- A swimsuit or swim shorts;
- A sun shirt - long or short sleeve cotton t-shirt;
- A rain jacket because we do get colder days in the summer;
- A towel and a change of clothes;
- Some extra clothing that is warm e.g. a sweater / hoodie and sweat / yoga pants.
What time can I drop off and pick up?
Camp hours are from 9:00am to 4:00pm. You can drop off after 8:30am and we ask you to pick up anytime before 4:30pm.
Extended care is available for an additional cost, available as an add on through our registration system. Extended care is available from 8:00am and until 5:30pm.
Do you offer financial support to help young people attend your camp?
If you need financial support we recommend investigating The Canadian Tire Jumpstart Program. The program helps kids, ranging in age from 7 to 17, from families who need financial assistance to participate in sports and physical activities. To apply so that your child(ren) can participate in our program please contact your local chapter by calling the national Jumpstart line at 1-877-616-6600 or going to the Jumpstart website (click here) for information on how to apply.
How do I know if my young person will be safe at camp?
- Windsurf lessons are taught by qualified and insured Sail Canada coaches who agree to follow the Sail Canada coach / instructor code of conduct;
- Sail Canada coaches undergo an extensive training program that teaches them: how to manage risk, teach a lesson, operate a power boat to coach and rescue sailors, first aid including CPR.
- All camp staff complete criminal record checks before working;
- Annual preseason training prepares staff for working with young people in a camp setting.
What are your terms and conditions?
- Youth campers must be between the ages of 10 and 17 years old by Dec. 31.
- Adult students must be at least 18 years old by Dec 31.
- All participants must be able to swim independently for a minimum of 25 meters.
- All courses are subject to change or cancellation at the discretion of the Toronto Windsurfing Club (TWC).
- TWC reserves the right to dismiss any participant from its programs at any time if it believes that it is in the collective best interest of all participants to do so. In such case, fees will be refunded on a pro-rata basis.
- All requests for cancellations or withdrawals must be provided in writing to TWC. Refunds, if any, will be determined based on the time remaining to the start of the course as follows: a) if two weeks or more, then 90% of fees (100% less a 10% processing charge), or b) if less than two weeks, then 50% of fees. No refunds will be offered for any cancellation or withdrawal after the course has begun.
How do I get to the Toronto Windsurfing Club?
- Find us on Google here;
- Car - we're close to the intersection of the Gardiner Expressway and Don Valley Parkway;
- TTC - take the 121D from Union Station to Cherry Beach. A short 15 minute walk along the bike path will lead to our location on Regatta Road. Click here to check with TTC for the latest route information. If walking please consider taking the path during daylight hours accompanied by another - although busy at certain times, the path is not lit and can be quiet - check with us if you're not sure;
- Bike - we are on the Martin Goodman Trail bike path so cycling is a great option. We're about 600 meters east of Cherry Beach. There is a Bike Share Toronto docking station at the Cherry Beach Sports Field very close to the club.