BASIC

 

OUR BASIC COURSE WILL TEACH YOU THE BASIC SKILLS AND KNOWLEDGE REQUIRED TO SKIPPER AND CREW ON A SAILBOAT OF UP TO 10 METRES IN LENGTH, SAFELY UNDER SAIL OR POWER, IN MODERATE WIND AND SEA CONDITIONS IN AN AREA THAT YOU KNOW AND BY DAY

The course leads to Sail Canada (CANADIAN YACHTING ASSOCIATION) BASIC CRUISING STANDARD (DAY SKIPPER SAIL). If required we will also cover the Boaters Card (Pleasure Craft Operators Card) which you need to operate a power boat.

THE KNOWLEDGE PORTION INCLUDES:

        • parts of the boat
        • terminology
        • Gear and equipment
        • basic chartwork
        • tides and currents
        • anchoring
        • basic local weather
        • rules of the road and buoyage
        • Dealing with emergencies

THE PRACTICAL SKILLS PORTION INVOLVES SIGNIFICANT TIME ON THE WATER ACTING AS BOTH SKIPPER AND CREW. WE COVER:

        • Boat handling under sail and power
        • Basic navigation
        • Knot tying
        • Safety equipment and procedures
        • Crew-overboard recovery procedure
        • Practical application of the rules of the road
        • Anchoring and docking practice
        • Snugging the boat down

New for 2018 we are including:

LearntoCruiseOnline.ca Basic Ashore Knowledge module in the fee for our courses in Canada.   This includes:

  • Access to the online ashore knowledge sessions

  • Email and phone access to LearnToCruiseOnline instructors to deal with any questions you may have

  • Access to LTCO’s online Basic Cruising practice exam.  This simulates the experience of writing the official Sail Canada exam and will help you gauge your readiness to write the official exam.

  • The exam fee is also included in the course fee.

If you wish to do the online course separately from an afloat course  there is a fee of $100 with an additional exam fee  of $50. (we will refund $100 if you subsequently book a course with us in 2018 in Canada.) See learntocruiseonline.ca to register for this option.

All the information in the Sail Canada written exam is covered in the on-line Basic Ashore Knowledge module  but we also recommend that you buy the Sail Canada textbook Basic Cruising skills.  The exam is conducted at the beginning of the course and exam fees and marking are included in the course fee. On successful completion of the course you will be provided with a Sail Canada international Cruising log book and registered with the Ontario Sailing Association to recieve a student number and seal for the logbook. (also included in the fees) If needed the Pleasure Craft Operators Card is included free.

 

6 DAY LIVE ABOARD

$1200  plus Tax ($400 to book, balance due 30 days before the course).

-Includes On-line Ashore Knowledge Study course 

 

Excludes food at cost and dockage/pumpout while away from Collins Bay Marina (usually around $20 per student) for more details please see terms and conditions

These are ideal if you plan to buy a keelboat or join friends on a cruise. It is taught on a larger wheel steered boat. This live aboard runs for a total of six days (and five evenings) starting on Sunday early afternoon and finishing on Friday afternoon. See a Typical Agenda.  At least 4 nights are spent out at anchorage or another marina. The group sleeps on board the boat. This format provides more time for instruction and practice as well as more exposure to the experience of cruising than the day courses. There is at least 36 hours of sailing and over 40 hours of instruction. It provides an introduction to cruising in a a safe environment but does not cover many of the skills necessary for chartering or boat ownership.(these are covered at Intermediate Level) Class sizes are 3 individual students or 2 couples with one instructor on board our CS30.
The live aboard courses are held in Kingston Ontario and start and finish at Collins Bay Marina There is ample free car parking for the duration of the courses and the Marina is well equipped with wash rooms and showers.

*We cannot guarantee that all courses will run. We usually need a minimum of 3 people to confirm a live aboard course so if you are flexible on dates it’s best to pick a course which is partially full(pending) especially if you will make up the third or fourth student so the course will be confirmed to run.

 

2018 Schedule

Course ID Course Dates Remaining Places Course Status
LAB 1  May 6-11 4  Open
LAB 2  May 20-25 4  Open
LAB 3  June 3-8 4  Open
LAB 4  June 17-22 4  Open
 LAB 5  July1-6 4  Open
LAB 6  July 15-20 4  Open
LAB 7  July 29- Aug3 4  Open
 LAB 8  Aug 12-17 4  Open
LAB 9 Aug 26-31 4 Open
LAB 10  Sept 9-14 4  Open
LAB 11 Sept 23-28 4 Open
LAB 12 Oct 7-12 4 Open
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Any of the Basic or Intermediate/ICC courses can be taken as a private course or on your boat. We can combine levels if feasible.