Beyond The Basics

Sail Canada Intermediate Cruising (5 days, live-aboard) $1215

This five-day live-aboard course is designed for the Basic Cruising graduate or sailor with equivalent experience. You will perform controlled sailing manoeuvres, prepare meals aboard and pilot the vessel — as both skipper and crew — into an unfamiliar harbour or anchorage. Upon completion, you will be qualified for the internationally recognized Sail Canada Intermediate Standard, the recommended minimum certification for bareboat chartering.

Trip Planning

A crew briefing will start the course and one of the first tasks will be preparing for the voyage. Where will you go? What charts do we need? How much food should we buy? Good preparation before leaving the dock may be the difference between a voyage you want to remember and one you’d rather forget!!

Live Aboard

The boat becomes your home and you will need to agree on responsibilities, cook & clean, troubleshoot problems and be proactive in checking the boats systems to make sure you get home safely. You will be living in close quarters with your fellow crew so you will hopefully make new friends and have some great stories by the end of your voyage.

Sailing Skills

You will have plenty of opportunity to practice the skills you learn as you sail from port to port, anchoring in secluded bays along the way. This course is an integrated experience and you can be sure that you will better understand the balance and dynamics of big boat sailing when you are finished. This course qualifies you for the internationally recognized Sail Canada Intermediate Standard, the recommended minimum certification for bareboat chartering.

This course involves both practical and theoretical elements, but if you require further theory in preparation of completing the exam, we also offer a theory course.

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Sail Canada Advanced Cruising (7 days, live-aboard in the Caribbean) Price varies dependent on location

This course is for the experienced sailor seeking to upgrade skills and develop extended passage experience, including round the clock sailing in a broad range of weather conditions. You will develop technical and practical knowledge, including navigation and watches, cooking a meal underway and maintaining control of the boat in heavy weather.

Understanding the Theory

At this level you begin to delve into weather and sail dynamics: describe the progress of a low-pressure area and the winds associated with the related fronts; where the centre of effort is and why it is important; understanding the key boat systems.

Integration

You will be sailing overnight and it’s you and the crew. As darkness sets in and the horizon disappears the long night begins, the only thing guaranteed is that you won’t get much sleep. You’ll be required to carry out your watch and take your turn at navigating and helming. You’ll need everything you’ve learned to date.

Drills

You’ll be sailing in heavy weather and the performance requirements are extensive. You need to demonstrate three Crew Over Board methods by day and night. An emergency may occur at any time and whether genuine or otherwise, you need to be alert and respond as someone’s life may be in danger. Plus your instructor will be evaluation your response!!

Prerequisites

  • Intermediate Cruising or equivalent experience
  • Sail Canada Coastal Navigation
  • Red Cross or St. John Ambulance Emergency First Aid Certificate
  • VHF radio certificate (Restricted Operators Certificate)

This course involves both practical and theoretical elements, but if you require further theory in preparation of completing the exam, we also offer a theory course.

To register for this course, or for more information, please contact Clive Smith at 416-203-3000.

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