Basic Cruising Standard

Start to get your sailing skills!

The course program is built according to official standards of Sail Canada.

Upon completion of the course, you will receive a Sail Canada certificate with the right to sail on a yacht up to 10 meters during the daytime. If you have sailing experience and you need to prepare for the exam and get a certificate, we will organize an individual module for you.

Basic Cruising Standard consists of 2 parts:

  • Theory (18 hours) - in the classroom or online

Class address: SAIL LA VIE SAILNG SCHOOL, 10271 Yonge St # 357, Richmond Hill, ON, Canada L4C 3B5

Free parking: The Richmond Hill Center for the Performing Arts, 10268 Yonge St, Richmond Hill, ON L4C 3B7

  • Practice on water (24 hours) - from June 1 to October 1 - the schedule is formed additionally.

Practice holds in small groups of 4 people according to a previously agreed schedule. 4 outlets of 6 hours determine on the sailing yacht Hunter 33 “Winds of Chance”. 

Marina Address: 475 Unwin Ave, Toronto, ON M4M 3M2, Outer Harbor Marina, Dock A, Slip AA 06

Instructor: Oleg Nakarikov, Sail Canada Certified Instructor, RYA YachtMaster.


  • At the end of each part an exam is taken: written in theory and practical on the water.
  • After each part of the course you can take individual training with our instructor. (CAD 100 per hour)
  • The course could be presented in 2 languages: in English according to the terminology and rules of sailing and in Russian with a detailed explanation.
  • You can take each part separately or at once in full volume.

Course fee:

• Theory: CAD 200 + HST

• Practice: CAD 565 + HST

• Full Course: CAD 765 + HST

** Book, on-line materials, Logbook, Sail Canada registration are included 


• by e-transfer to


10271 Yonge St # 357, 

Richmond Hill, ON L4C 3B5


How to be prepared for practice


We strongly recommend to refresh your sailing theory knowledge  

Please have your personal sailing gloves and your personal life jacket if you have one. 

Please be dressed well for the weather conditions. Keep in mind that during sailing temperature on water feels 10 degrees less compared with temperature on shore. Layers are best ways 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) wind and sun-protective clothing as well. Don’t forget sunglasses and hat! 

Lunch on board is not included, please bring your Snack and a bottle of water. 

Very Important! The Waiver and Sail La Vie Boat Rules are attached. Please read carefully and be ready to sign aboard.

Place of Embarkation

You should be onboard at least 15 min before an Embarkation. Please plan your arrival according to the traffic conditions. We have to leave on time.

Address: Outer Harbour Marina, 475 Unwin Ave, Toronto, ON M4M 3M2, Dock A, Slip AA06

Parking (A) and marina facilities (washrooms and showers) are free

Please follow arrival instructions:

Upon your arrival to the marina security gate please tell the security officer: “Sail La Vie", slip AA06”. Boat owners: Oleg Nakarikov (416 877 0449) or Marina Lescheva (289 684 2548).

If there is no Security Officer please push the button of communication board and give them the above information.

Then proceed to the first parking lot (Dock A) and find us under Sail La Vie umbrella or go to the slip AA06

Our Sailing Boat is “Winds of Chance”. We will meet you here.

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