Welcome to the Sooke Sailing Association

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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, 4.1 km. west of downtown Sooke, as well as at 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.

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

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Chris Tully, our Program Director, 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.

Caitlyn Shum - Caitlyn has been sailing in the South Island waters since she was 13, mostly at the Royal Victoria Yacht Club. After a few years coaching at RVYC she spent a summer traveling the province coaching for the BC Mobile Optimist Sailing School. Prior to coming to the Sooke Sailing Association, Caitlyn spent 3 years coaching the opti race team at CFSA.


  We would like to recognize KidSport Greater Victoria. We appreciate immensely their support for local children, youth and sport organizations like Sooke Sailing helping to increase awareness and appreciation  by the public.

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Atarah Irvine is one of our new CANSail certified instructors. She started sailing about 4 years ago through the Royal Canadian Sea Cadet program. Her favorite parts of sailing are being on the water & the people she meets & works with while sailing. Atarah is super excited & looking forward to teaching this summer!

  Serena Hutchison has been sailing through the Royal Canadian Sea Cadets since she joined them when she was 12. Since Covid-19 she decided to get more involved in sailing and has taken training to be a coach at Sooke Sailing Association this summer! Serena is very excited for this opportunity and can't wait to meet everyone.