This is one of the entry levels in the series of Sail Canada courses for cruising skippers.
This course introduces the operation of a cruising keelboat both as a powered vessel and as a sailboat.
Required and recommended safety equipment is discussed, as is the handling of emergencies that might be encountered while day sailing.
The basic rules for avoiding collision with other vessels are explained and this information is applied during the practical sessions. The meaning of weather forecasts is clarified and the impact of weather on vessel operation, crew behavior, and water activities is discussed. The curriculum includes an elementary introduction to the Canadian navigation system and to the basic use of charts and tide and current tables.
· Day sailing: theory (online) with written exam + practice (24 hours)
· Live aboard: 4 days with written exam
· Challenge: minimum 4 hours with written exam
UPON COMPLETION: Logbook and Sail Canada Certificate
INSTRUCTOR: Oleg Nakarikov, Sail Canada Certified Instructor, RYA Yachtmaster Ocean
Student's Personal Boat
School Boats: Hunter 33 on Lake Simcoe from May to October
Dufour 43 DL in the Caribbean from November to April
1. Theory online
EXAM: every second week of the month
2. Practice From May to October at Lake Simcoe
• 24 hours practice in 4 outlets of 6 hours each for max group of 4 students
Scheduled from 1 to 15 day of each month from 8am to 2pm (morning class)
from 16 to 31 day of each month from 3pm to 9pm (afternoon class)
*Weekends may be scheduled in advance at an additional $50 cost
• 4 days living aboard course
• 4 days intensive with accommodation by Friday Harbour Resort
Lessons can be presented in 2 languages: in English, according to the terminology and rules of sailing, and in Russian with a detailed explanation.
We strongly recommend to refresh your sailing theory knowledge.
Please be dressed well for the weather conditions. Keep in mind that during sailing, the temperature on water feels 10 degrees less compared to temperature on shore. Layers are the best way to stay warm. That is because each piece of clothing traps a layer of insulating air, and as the temperature or your activity level changes, you can shed a layer at a time until you are comfy again.
Please bring one pair of non-marking sailing shoes (light colored soles). Be sure to pack sunscreen (with a high enough SPF to protect your skin), along with wind and sun-protective clothing. Don’t forget sunglasses and hat!
What equipment should you take with you:
Personal sailing gloves
The Waiver and Sail La Vie Boat Rules are attached. Please read them carefully and be ready to sign aboard.
You should be onboard at least 15 minutes before an Embarkation. Please plan your arrival according to the traffic conditions. We have to leave on time.
Address: Lake Simcoe, Friday Harbour Resort, 3800 Sunreef Avenue, Innisfil, ON L9S 2P7
Our Sailing Boat is “Winds of Chance”.
We will meet you here.