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.
Andrew Irvine did all 6 CANSail levels through the Royal Canadian Sea Cadets and began volunteering as a coach in 2017. He joined the Sooke Sailing Association in 2020 and worked with us for over a year. He plans to help the development of young athletes/sailors and pass along his sailing skills and the life skills that he has learned over the years.