Discovery Sailing Club is the most affordable option in Vancouver for you to gain access to a wide variety of vessels for one low annual fee. A basic membership for an individual or family provides access to our entire fleet of sailing dinghies, kayaks, and stand up paddle boards (SUPs).
|Membership Types||DSC Fee||JSC Fee||Light Spirit Skipper (optional)|
All prices are in Canadian Dollars and include any applicable taxes.
Basic membership gives a single person access to the entire fleet of dinghies, kayaks and SUPs at the Jericho Sailing Centre. To operate any craft on their own a member must be deemed qualified by a senior club member. While an individual member may occasionally bring a friend or family member to the club with them, if the same friends or family members are regularly operating club watercraft we ask that they also become club members and pay fees in order to equitably support the maintenance of the fleet. Individual members must also pay a separate fee to JSCA (see below).
An additional $75 above the basic fee provides a membership for your entire family (spouse, domestic partner, children and youth who are your dependents). Family members must also pay the separate JSCA Family member fee.
Novice Membership (Individual or Family)
For those with no sailing training we offer a one year option to join as a novice member in order to offset the cost of acquiring training. Novice members are not permitted to skipper any craft in the fleet and must always be out on the water with senior members until they can demonstrate the ability to handle a craft on their own. Novice memberships are also only good for one season. Renewing novice members must join at the regular member rate.
Social memberships are designed for long-term members (5 years or more) who no longer wish to operate the fleet but wish to support the club and to participate in social events and special club days. Social members have full voting privileges as club members.
Required JSCA Dues (1)
Separate from the DSC member fee, members must also pay a member fee directly to the Jericho Sailing Centre Association (JSCA) in order to gain access to those facilities. Members who belong to the club solely to use Light Spirit may opt out of paying JSCA membership fees, at which point they opt out of access to the club’s fleet at JSCA and to the JSCA facilities except during club social events or meetings.
Light Spirit Skipper (optional)
Our CS 27, Light Spirit, which is moored at the Burrard Civic Marina, is available for those who are qualified to sail a keelboat. All Light Spirit skippers pay an additional $100 per year skipper fee, as well as usage fees for half-day or full-day which vary from low to high season according to the table below. For additional rules around the use and booking of Light Spirit see the Light Spirit Use Policy.
|Half Day||Half Day||/ Cruise|
|High Season (May 15 - Sep 15)||30||35||65|
|Low Season (Sept 15 - May 15)||20||25||45|
The fee for multi-day booking is simply the amount of days times the full-day fee.
The membership year runs April 1 to March 31. Members joining any time during the high season must pay for a full membership year — fees cannot be pro-rated. An exception may be made for members who join late in the year once the high season has ended (Sept 15). Any discount is granted at the discretion of the Executive Committee.
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DSC is an entirely volunteer-run club. Without member participation the club cannot function, which is why we ask all members to volunteer a minimum of ten hours per season. Many hands make light work!
Volunteer opportunities include helping to maintain the fleet and the club facilities (according to each individual’s abilities), attending club nights, helping with social events, or supporting club administration. We also ask members to participate in club management and decision-making through attendance at the Annual General Meeting and other planning meetings.
Please note that DSC is not a training club. We endeavor to provide opportunities for training with other members or through fee-based classes, but every DSC member is responsible for getting trained to operate vessels effectively and safely on their own. Training is not included in the membership fee. Skill sharing is done on a voluntary basis among members. For your safety and the proper use of the fleet it is at the discretion of senior club members to approve your qualification to sail on your own.