CODA Membership

The Canadian Optimist Dinghy Association (CODA) is the national class organization for Optimist sailing in Canada.

It is the Canadian member of the International Optimist Dinghy Association (IODA).

JOIN/RENEW Membership

CODA organizes and promotes Optimist competition in Canada through its annual Championship regatta, liaises with provincial and local club competitions and administers the selection process for Canadian Optimist sailors representing CODA at IODA international regattas.

Optimist sailors who wish to race in national and CODA qualifying regattas (Provincial Championships) must be current members of CODA.

What does CODA provide?

  • Administers a website and social media with information on regattas across Canada and internationally that contains resources useful to Optimist sailors.
  • Writes and solicits content for sailors, parents and coaches to deepen knowledge of the class, provide entertainment and grow the Opti class across Canada.
  • Decals for your opti or regatta box each year indicating you are a member
  • A piece of CODA swag each year such as a buff or dry bag
  • Assists with running development clinics for sailors and coaches in each region every year. CODA can help provide coaches, the utilization of our Regatta Network platform for registration, volunteers to run parent clinics, sponsorship, guidance and support for yacht clubs
  • Chooses teams for IODA events and assists with travel logistics and payments
  • Handles Team Canada uniforms
  • Coordinates and invites coaches in support of international competitions.
  • As a not-for-profit corporation, CODA maintains Director and Officer insurance and submits yearly taxes to Revenue Canada.

How much does it cost?

Membership dues are set at each Annual General Meeting.  Membership dues in 2022 are as follows:

Junior Membership $50.00

Sustaining Membership $50.00

Coach Membership (**New) Free… please register your own coordinates as “parents” in the forms.

Membership dues are payable on January 1 annually and are valid until December 31 of the same year.

Junior Membership shall be granted to children who are 15 years of age or less in the year for which membership is granted and who have acquitted the yearly dues as set out in the Bylaws of CODA. Junior members receive all the benefits of participation in CODA sanctioned regattas, events, and publications, and their parent or guardian is entitled to one vote per Junior Membership at a CODA general meeting.

Sustaining Membership shall be granted to any persons who support the objectives of CODA and who has acquitted the yearly dues as set out in its Bylaws. Sustaining members, by virtue of their membership, may serve as CODA Officers  or on CODA Committees and are full voting members of the CODA.

Honorary Membership may be granted to any person elected by a majority vote of the members present at any CODA general meeting. Honorary members hold office for a period of one year and receive all the privileges of Sustaining Membership, including a vote at CODA general meetings. No membership fee will be payable by an Honorary Member.


CODA does not issue membership cards. Current members can review the status of their membership by logging in to this site, selecting the members tab, and reviewing their membership record.

CODA membership and CAN sail numbers

The issuance of sail numbers is separate from the CODA membership process. Sail number registration is included in your CODA annual membership. For the sail number registration process please go to CAN SAIL NUMBER.