Welcome to the Sooke Sailing Association

Unfortunately the recent Covid 19 rule change have made us change our winter sailing program BUT if you go to our  'Winter/Spring 2021'  Menu you will find FREE on-line courses for you to consider. Hopefully it won't be too long before we will be able to offer some on-the-water sailing courses. We will keep this site up-to-date.

The Sooke Sailing Association is a growing group of people dedicated to bringing their love  & passion for sailing to the Sooke & Westshore area. Some of us have sailed in many different parts of the world & some of us have just loved sailing in local BC waters; but all of us are passionate for teaching people of all ages how to love the water, how to love the dream of sailing where you want to go, whether that means competing, cruising or sailing from bay to bay.

Our teaching programs are held  at the Sooke Bay Marine Center, a couple kms west of downtown Sooke, the Oak Bay Marina and we have future plans for Pedder Bay Marina. We are Sail Canada certified to provide both safe & educational fun, both on & off the water.

We are very fortunate for the excellent, experienced instructors that we have for our sailing programs. All SAILCanada Certified.


Kate is very experienced & knowledgeable and thrives on teaching people. She is spending the winter teaching skiing at Grouse Mountain.

Our Head Coach & Program Director, Chris Tully, has been coaching for 8 years & is a certified CANSail coach for 1-6 as well as a Sail Canada Learning Facilitator. He has been managing sailing clubs for the last 4 years & has recently moved from Nova Scotia to work with the Sooke Sailing Association. Chris has coached & sailed across Canada, Asia, Europe & the USA. Most recently he has worked as the Dalhousie University Sailing Team coach & was named the Canadian University Sailing Coach of the Year for 2019. He is excited to be working with SSA & looks forward to continuing passing on his love for the sport of sailing to the next generation.

Lukas Koch, our most recent addition to our coaching staff, is a CANSail 5/6 certified coach & has been coaching for several years at yacht clubs in Ontario & Victoria. He has managed race teams & coached sailors at every age & skill level. Lukas is passionate about the sport & enjoys sharing that passion with others.