Beginner Sailing Courses

There’s nothing quite like the first time you raise the sails and turn off the engine. The sound of the water on the hull, the feel of the wind in your hair and the joy of the sun on your face is something you’ll never forget! Start your journey with Beginner Sailing Courses. Give it a try, become competent crew, or learn how to skipper a keelboat through one of our fully accredited Sail Canada programs.

Introduction to Sailing

If you’re just beginning to sail and want to dip your toes in, then this course is for you. We’ll “show you the ropes” so to speak – but actually, we’ll show you a lot more than just the ropes.

Session Details

Start Keelboat Sailing

Learn how to sail safely as the crew of a sloop-rigged keelboat, 6 to 12 meters in length, with an outboard or inboard motor in 5 – 20 knots (not gusting over 25 knots) of wind by day. This Standard is ideal for individuals with limited on-water experience. The focus is on the initial development of practical skills while participating in the operation of a keelboat.

Session Details

Available Evening Sessions 5:30pm – 8:30 pm

  • A:  July 4, 5, 9, 11 & 12
  • B:  July 16, 18, 19, 23 & 25
  • C:  July 30, Aug 1, 8, 9, 13
  • D:  Aug 15, 20, 22, 27 & 29
  • E:  Sept 5, 6, 10, 12 & 17

Basic Cruising Standard

After successfully completing this course,  you will be able to cruise safely in familiar waters as both skipper and crew of a sloop-rigged keelboat of 6 to 10 meters with an outboard or inboard motor in moderate wind and sea conditions by day. This standard focuses on developing basic sailing and seamanship skills as well as the knowledge needed to make the decisions expected of a skipper.

Session Details

Available Weekday Sessions

  • A:  July 8 – 12            B:  July 15 – 19
  • C:  July 29 – Aug 1    D:  Aug 12 – 15
  • E:  Aug 19 – 22           F:  Aug 26 – 29

Fully Accredited Sail Canada Training & Certification

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Established in 1931, Sail Canada is the national governing body for the sport of sailing. We are committed to excellence in performance, developing our leaders and training our sailors. The pursuit of Olympic success fuels our focus not only on our Team athletes but also on Canada’s next generation of performance sailors, and all the partners, clubs and coaches who support them.

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