First entry lesson for everyone!
This first meeting with the Instructor is intended to provide novice boaters the opportunity to experience the joys of boating. With basic knowledge and care, a boater will avoid trouble instead of trying to get out of it.
Transport Canada Standard - all youth under 16 years of age require proof of competency to operate any motorized boat, supervised or not.
Safe practices when preparing to leave the dock, while underway, and when returning to dock. This standard may be taught in a sailing vessel or a powerboat. It is expected that the vessel will be less than 12 meters in length.
First sailing experience!
If you’ve never been sailing before, it can seem quite overwhelming. Try our introduction to sailing program, and test how it works.
By the end of the course, you will have a taste of what this fantastic cruising lifestyle has to offer!
Sail Canada Standard: To be able to sail safely as crew of a sloop-rigged keelboat 6 to 12 meters with an outboard or inboard motor in 5 – 20 knots (not gusting over 25 knots) of wind by day.
Be Confident as a crew member!
Competent Crew is an intensive course to teach you the basic sailing skills.
It is the perfect opportunity for family members to support their skipper.
Sail Canada Standard: to be able to cruise safely in familiar waters as competent crew of a sloop-rigged keelboat of 6 to 10 meters with an outboard or inboard motor in moderate wind and sea conditions by day.
Welcome and thank you for choosing the Sail La Vie Summer Camp at Friday Harbour Resort, Lake Simcoe.
Preparing for camp can be difficult and we are here to help you.
Our days will consist of several parts:
Drop-off window (8:30 am – 9:00 am). Please bring your precious campers to the Sail La Vie front desk. It is a 7-minute walk from the main parking lot, shortly after you pass Harbour Master building.
Please be sure to pack: lunch, snacks and water, swimwear and towel, sunblock and sunhat, flip-flops and change of clothes, just in case. Please have them wear closed-toe shoes with non-marking soles.
Our activities will start at 9 am sharp. Please do not be late.
Morning (9 am - 12:30 am). Our campers will spend mornings on the water learning the boating basics and introduction to sailing. They will have an opportunity to experience different types of boats on different days: aside from a sailing vessel, they will be aboard a pontoon, deck-boat or a bowrider.
Personal Break (12:30 am – 1 pm). This is a great time to make a call home. Let your child know if you’d like them to contact you. We highly recommend that personal phone devices are left at the front desk during the active parts of the day. We all know how quickly phones fall into the water. Using a phone on a boat can also cause seasickness.
Lunch (1 pm – 2 pm). Campers will enjoy their packed lunches from home. We will store their food in cooled conditions prior to this break. We will provide cold drinks and some fruit as well.
Afternoon (2 pm – 4:30 pm). Time for more outdoor activities! We have lots of them planned (rain or shine). There will be various games, swimming, hiking, and other activities that aim to develop outdoor skills, team building and leadership skills.
Pick-up window (4:30 pm- 5:00 pm). Please pick up your child at the same place – Sail La Vie front desk.
Attached are the forms we need you to fill out and email back to us right away:
In case of illness or absence from the camp for any reason, please call us at (289) 684-2548. If your child is ill or exhibits any Covid symptoms, please keep them home.
We welcome parent-volunteers! If you have time and energy, please join us for 1 day! Just let us know what day you will be staying with Sail La Vie day camp.
Sail La Vie Summer Camp is a bullying free territory. We nurture the environment of respect, non-violence and positive attitudes in any challenging situations.
Please call me 647 261 9316 for the confirmation of your reservation
You've never heard about sailing or have a limited experience?
Congratulations! We have solutions for the beginners as well as for the experienced sailors:
Sail La Vie Sailing School will find the best option to fit your specific situation:
Upon graduation you will have certificates and real sailing experience that gives you new opportunities to create your own sea adventures.
Tell us about your previous sailing experience and we will create a unique progress model specifically for you.
Start to get your sailing skills!
Sail Canada Standard: to be able to cruise safely in familiar waters as both skipper and crew of a sloop-rigged keelboat of 6 to 10 meters with an outboard or inboard motor in moderate wind and sea conditions by day.
Improve your sailing skills!
Sail Canada Standard: to be able to cruise safely as both skipper and crew of a sailing yacht of 9 to 12 meters, sloop-rigged with an inboard engine, in moderate wind and sea conditions by day.
The standard emphasizes on-the-water skills at a level acceptable for extended cruises in coastal and inland waters and for bareboat chartering.
This standard offers candidates the opportunity to develop daytime passage making, vessel management and sailing skills in a relaxed and practical environment.
Get your navigation knowledge!
Sail Canada Standard: to be able to plan and to safely navigate by day in Canadian coastal and inland local waters.
This introductory course offers basic knowledge of navigation theory and is the initial course in a comprehensive set of courses offered by Sail Canada on vessel navigation.
Learn how to operate modern VHF radiotelephone equipment!
Sail Canada Standard: ROC stands for Restricted Radiotelephone Operator’s Certificate and is required by anyone using a marine VHF radio or other marine radios (each person on the boat who will use the radio needs their own card).
There are significant fines if you are found using a VHF or marine radio without your card.
Learn how to navigate without electronic aids!
Sail Canada: to be able to demonstrate the navigational theory required to safely plan and execute a long continuous passage including night sailing in unfamiliar coastal or inland waters, in all conditions of visibility, with or without electronic aids.
The concepts are applied and tested in the Advanced Cruising Standard.
Be Ready for Offshore Passage!
Sail Canada Standard: to be able to demonstrate the celestial navigation theory required to safely navigate a sailing cruiser on an offshore passage.
Build your miles and experience!
We're offering as many opportunities as possible for our students to put some miles under the coaching of RYA Yachtmaster Ocean.
Achieve your own goal!
We offer a good opportunity to be focused on your specific needs.
Consulting with Yachtmaster
We provide coaching to all, from first-time boaters to seasoned owners looking to improve their confidence and control. We deliver all courses to suit your needs, as well as Own Boat Tuition for boat owners who wish to train on their own vessel.
Buying a boat? We have helped many former students buy their dream boat and subsequently coached them in getting familiar with it. We also work closely with well respected surveyors to give you peace of mind before buying.
Price: CAD 30 per hour, HST included.
Consulting with Certified Sail Canada Instructor RYA Yachtmaster Ocean, Oleg Nakarikov
GIFT CERTIFICATE from Sail La Vie Sailing School
IN THE AMOUNT of $100 / $200 / $500 / $1000
PARTICIPANTS: Adults and Children
REDEEMABLE FOR: 2 hours Introduction to Sailing Tour
LOCATION: Lake Simcoe, Friday Harbour Resort
SAILING BOAT: Hunter 33
*Advance notice for booking is required
*No cash value may be redeemed towards selected package