Intermediate Cruising Standard

Improve Your Sailing Skills

This live-aboard course follows the Basic Cruising standard in the Sail Canada keelboat and cruising training system. Students will participate in operation of the vessel as crew and as skipper. The vessel will be operated under sail and power while making daytime passages. The ability to act as skipper and crew in operation of a sailing vessel by day in unfamiliar waters will be developed, while building the skills and experience needed for live-aboard cruises and bareboat charter. 


  • Theory: (18 hours) with written exam + 5 days live aboard program
  • Challenge: minimum 48-hour live-aboard skill evaluation with written exam


  • License and certificates: PCOC, Basic Cruising Standard, VHF with DSC endorsement,  Basic Coastal Navigation 
  • Completed Intermediate theory course,
  •  Have experience as skipper of at least ten day sails,
  • Be able to consistently demonstrate the skills learned in the Basic Cruising Standard and Basic Coastal Navigation Standard

 INSTRUCTOR: Oleg Nakarikov, Sail Canada Certified Instructor, RYA Yachtmaster Ocean.

SCHOOL BOAT: Hunter 33

Monohull up to 50 feet


1. Theory (18 hours) - in the classroom or online

Every second week of the month.

AIL LA VIE SAILING SCHOOL, 10271 Yonge St # 357, Richmond Hill, ON, Canada L4C 3B5

2. Practice

  Lake Simcoe. 

  • Friday Harbour Resort, 3999 Friday Dr, Innisfil, ON L9S 0J7, 
  • Lagoon City, Brechin Dray Dock Marina, 150 Laguna Pkwy, Brechin, ON L0K 1B

· Lake Ontario: upon request

Practice covered :

  • Sail selection and use of the jib cars and mainsheet traveler controls to adjust sail shape for efficient  propulsion and balance in the conditions encountered.
  •  Practice and develop skills maneuvering the vessel under power for mooring pickup, and  accomplishing various
  • Anchoring strategies and enhanced docking and dock departure techniques and procedures
  • Basic navigation skills including elementary pilotage and passage planning,
  • Non-electronic position determination methods and basic use of satellite positioning systems
  • Practical knowledge of the use and management of vessel systems while cruising
  • Provisioning and preparation of meals by students, candidates should make a plan to  get provision in advance. 
  • The results of the pre-departure assignments will be part of the final practical evaluation.

UPON COMPLETION: Sail Canada Certificate

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

Course fees

• Theory: CAD 400 + HST

On-line materials, Sail Canada Registration are included

• Practice at Lake Simcoe CAD 2000 + HST


• by e-transfer to


10271 Yonge St # 357, Richmond Hill, ON L4C 3B5


Additional Information


Item to address:

· Crew ability and links (see the initial assignment)

· Crew involvement

· Weather expectations

· Anchorages, characteristics, concerns, reason of anchorage

· Customs port

· Accurate plotted headings, ETA’s, navigational safety concerns, currents, expected wind(direction & strength)

· Position, accuracy, log

· Any sailing directions or cruising guides available

· Practicality 

· Factor in minimum of 2 hours per day of training maneuvers(one doesn’t learn much on a 5 hours single tack to a distant island) 

· Use of resources


Intermediate Course includes provisioning and preparation of meals by students. Candidates should make a plan to get provision in advance. 

You need to have:

Life jacket with harness and teaser

Rain gear

Boat shoes or boots

Rigging knife

Head lights 

Plotting tools (one for the crew)