RYA Yachtmaster Ocean
More than 50,000 nm, with over 8,000 in tidal waters and around 7,000 nm night sailing. Over 200 weeks in the Caribbean, Mediterranean and Adriatic Seas, Atlantic, Indian and Pacific Oceans. 45 days crossing the Atlantic in 2020.
"Never give up! Go to your dream!"
More than 40,000 nm, with over 3,500 in tidal waters and around 5,000 nm night sailing. Over 150 weeks in the Caribbean, Mediterranean and Adriatic Seas, and Atlantic, Indian and Pacific Oceans.
45 days crossing the Atlantic in 2020.
"If you cannot change the wind - trim the sails!"
I am grateful that I met Oleg who showed me how I could achieve my life long sailing dream. As an instructor, he demonstrated passion for sailing, professionalism and outstanding leadership qualities as a skipper and teacher. Thanks to Oleg and his sailing school, I am now confident that I can embark on sailing adventures with my family and friends. Oleg's teaching approach is a unique combination of learning theory in class and very intense sailing practices that surpass requirements that are necessary to pass certification tests. This also helps in real situations that require quick thinking and actions. I recommended Sail La Vie School to many of my friends who also have successfully completed their courses.
Sail La Vie school is a great place to begin your sailing adventure. Their sailboat (Hunter 33) is perfect school playground – not too big and not too small. It provides enough space for several students, so you practice yourself and also learn from other student’s mistakes at the same time. Oleg and Marina are knowledgeable, experienced, patient, strict but fair instructors. Our final practical exam was to save “crew over board” not once, not twice, but three successful times on the row. My son and I were able to gain enough confidence to get our own sailboat soon after graduate – Mirage 25. I am very happy with Sail La Vie and highly recommend this sailing school.
I have been sailing for over 50 years and have worked in the Marine industry as a shipbuilder and surveyor for over 35. For me, sailing is life in every sense, so Sail La Vie very much appeals to me. I had the pleasure of working with this company in my professional role in surveying a boat for them, providing technical consulting and advice.
Sail La Vie offers a completely unique client experience when it comes to travel and adventure. Offering unusual travel destinations, luxury service keeping with Marine traditions, attention to travel trends, and building long-term friendships with customers. They are not just in it for the money, but to create a community welcoming of new and seasoned sailors alike. After working with Sail La Vie for over two years, I can confidently say that their sailing school, training, and tours are among the best.
Sail la Vie is an awesome sailing school in Toronto. I had the honour for being a student to Oleg, Yacht Master and I can safely say, he is one of the best instructors in Canada. I have also had the pleasure to go with Sail La Vie on a chartered trip and it was one of the most fun filled vacation, I ever had. The best thing is that every time, I texted Oleg a question, he responded.
Thank you Sail la Vie!
"Sail La Vie" gave me an opportunity to see the world through the bow of a boat and gave me a different perspective on life. Waking up with the ocean, sun and wildlife right outside gives you amazing memories and gives you relaxation that a hotel could never provide.
Thank you Sail La Vie for this amazing opportunity."
“Sail La Vie Sailing School program definitely exceeded my expectations. Courses are well structured. Covered subjects are not only interesting but rather motivating and inspiring you to learn much more and then try it on practice. Highly recommend to anyone to endeavor your live-long sailing journey with this school.”
I met Sail la Vie two years ago on my first sailing journey to Granada and the Grenadines, not knowing what to expect I joined them with little fear that is very usual, especially when you sail for the first time. Needless to say, the sailing was simply amazing... In the last two year I did experience the magic of sailing and explore exotic destinations such as South Pacific, Bora Bora, Martinique, Antigua, Brazil, Seychelles, Langkawi, Thailand... with Sail la Vie. I did participate in the Sail la Vie sailing school and thanks to their methodical structured classes I learned how to sail. I look back and the value of my experience with Sail la Vie has been truly priceless. I would recommend Sail la Vie wholeheartedly. You have to go to know...sailing can change your life for better...and even best.
Dream yachts, fashionable cruises around the world, vacations on exotic islands - many sailing schools and clubs can offer those services today. Yet there is one that stands apart from many - Sail La Vie, Toronto.
For us it all began a year back when for the first time we opened the door into our first class. Doubts ‘can I do it’, worries ‘would I ever be able to remember this’ - all of it comes and goes guided by steady hand of professional instructors. And soon those dry theory lessons naturally turn into training on water, where all that wisdom on paper becomes a new and practical skill. It is there on the Lake Ontario where the first sense of wind and sound of waves and heeling of the yacht - all of it gets your feelings so high and make your heart race with realization that you have it under control. And what a feeling it is!
After time passes it is then you thank teachers, who became friends for opening up your eyes to the unknown before world of sailing. It is then you catch your thoughts about craving salty spray and relentless waves and sounds of wind in sails.
After just one year I can say that I have already sailed 600 nautical miles in the Atlantic Ocean and hungrily looking for more adventures.
Thank you, Sail La Vie!
It all started with a dream about being at sea, being free, feeling wind and salt spray ... Then I saw an ad inviting new students to sailing school. I liked the name: Sail La Vie. And I called in and signed up. This step changed my life. I met new people, all of them sea romantics. Instructor Oleg Nakarikov is very charismatic and knowledgeable person. He keeps lessons interesting, both theory and practice on the boat. He also has this rare quality to gather great people around him. After the first course came the second, than third, now I signed up for the fourth. Sail La Vie is not only a school, it’s also pleasure cruises to the most exotic destinations. My husband and I went on one of them - to Seychelles in Indian Ocean - and now we think this is the best way to spend vacations: with group of friends, on the yacht, being free and enjoying every minute of it. Thank you, Sail La Vie!