This program provides the newcomer with a taste of what cruising under sail is all about. It is an opportunity to experience first hand what sailing is about without committing to a full Learn to Cruise Program. The program can be shared as a couple, or a group. You and your friends or associates will spend the day cruising aboard a sailing yacht with the opportunity to experience many aspects of operating the vessel.
Your Sail Canada certified instructors are veteran sailors with extensive and varied experience. You will be able to draw on their knowledge and experience to gain insight into cruising, boat selection, boat operation, chartering and provisioning. The educational components of the program will include basic terminology, the language of sailing, readying the vessel and getting under way, basic sailing both as helmsman and crew.
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Basic Cruising Courses
The Basic Cruising Course is designed for the prospective cruising sailor who has minimal or no sailing knowledge or experience. The student is taught the necessary skills to safely sail local waters in moderate winds and sea conditions during daylight hours. The student will learn to perform the duties of both skipper and crew of a 25 – 29 foot sailing vessel.
We offer this course in two different options:
- The first option is comprised of the student attending classroom lectures covering the ashore knowledge element of the program. This is accomplished over an eight week period generally held in the off season (late fall, winter, or early spring) and followed by three full days on the water during sailing season.
- The second format is 5 full days at a harbour where the theory and practical components of the course are delivered in a combined format.
Intermediate cruising is a 5 day course and offers the skipper to develop those skills required for bareboat chartering. The course is taught in familiar waters on sailing yachts of 8 to 12 meters in moderate sea conditions. The emphasis of this program is on the water skills with additional components dealing with yacht systems, provisioning and living afloat.
Prerequisites for the program are the Basic Cruising Standard, acting as skipper for at least 10 day sails, Coastal Navigation, current First Aid Certificate, VHF Radio Operators Certificate, and applied knowledge of the skills learned in Basic Cruising.
This is a 5 day live-aboard course that includes text book and course materials. Just bring your gear, a blanket and a pillow.
Coastal Navigation Course
This course is leading to the Sail Canada “Coastal Navigation Standard” certification. This course is a must for anyone sailing in coastal waters. You will learn the meaning and use of chart symbols, tide and current tables, fixes, plotting courses, plotting danger bearings etc. This course requires no prerequisites and will run over seven three hours sessions.
Did you know that it is illegal to operate a marine VHF radio without a license? Learn how to communicate and handle emergency situations on a VHF marine radio. This seminar will cover all aspects of radio operation. Upon successful completion of the course you will be awarded the VHF Marine Restricted Radio Operator’s Certificate from Industry Canada.
PCOC (Pleasure Craft Operators Card)
Transport Canada has brought in mandatory boating safety certification for boaters with the regulations being phased in. That period is almost over. Every vessel operator will require a “Pleasure Craft Operators Card” by October of 2009. After this date boaters without this certification will face fines and will probably invalidate their boat’s liability insurance. This one day course covers the basics of safe boating.
Note: All courses certified by Sail Canada may be challenged.