The wind was up  for Kaitlyn Waddington and  Daniel Huesken during their adult  Learn to Sail lessons at  North Okanagan Sailing Association based out of Paddlewheel Park.

The wind was up for Kaitlyn Waddington and Daniel Huesken during their adult Learn to Sail lessons at North Okanagan Sailing Association based out of Paddlewheel Park.

Sailing picks up popularity

“The wind is up! Let’s go sailing,” is the call heard from young sailors at the North Okanagan Sailing Association in the summer months

“The wind is up! Let’s go sailing,” is the call  often heard from young sailors at the North Okanagan Sailing Association (NOSA) in the summer months.     NOSA is located  next to Paddlewheel Park Hall at the Okanagan Landing.

“NOSA is having a great summer for sailing lessons on Lake Okanagan,” said sailing director Glen Dick. “Participation is up with youth sailing and adult sailing, not to mention cadets, scouts and the summer GVPRD  recreation camps.”

NOSA is a volunteer association that focuses on  teaching safety around the water at the lake, on sailboats or  sail boards.

NOSA is a nationally recognized sailing school   offering Learn to Sail (LTS) lessons weekly, June through to September, for ages eight and older and instructed by certified CANsail instructors  to  progressive National Sail Canada  Standards.

“This year we are pleased to see more sailing wannabees becoming I CAN SAIL students,” said Dick.

“We have to say thanks to an awesome threesome of nationally certified local instructors including Spencer Freeman-Marsh, Riley Braidwood and  Ashley Poulin.”

Said head sailing instructor Freeman-Marsh: “We’ve been able to extend sailing experiences to over 250 new sailors this year, and we focus on learning in a safe and fun environment.”

NOSA’s LTS school also delivers CANsail training to the navy cadets and highs school classes at Okanagan Lake in the spring and fall.

NOSA instructors  have also had  success  speaking to the elementary and middle school classes  about water safety at the lake.

For more information about NOSA Learn To Sail, phone 250-260-7234 or e-mail info@nosa.bc.ca.