Sailing School

Why we are different


When you complete Sail la Vie sailing courses, you will receive not just a certificate. 

You will have hands-on practice and real world experience that gives you the confidence and the skills you need to set off on your own sea adventures.



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:

  • Choose the Sail Canada Standard course or our Special Program 
  • Improve your sailing skills with Mileage Builder Program and join our Sailing Plan
  • Make your miles and captain carrier with Sail La Vie Flotilla and Expeditions
  • Get your Full Sailing Certificate and change your travel style

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. 

Programs for Beginners

Introduction to Boating


  First entry lesson for everyone!

This first meeting with Instructor is intended to provide novice boaters the opportunity to experience the joys of boating. The session may also be used for the purpose of building crew teamwork skills on water.


Sail Canada Standard - to introduce novice boaters to 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 

Introduction to Sailing


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  taste for 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.  

Competent Crew/First Mate


  Be Confident as a crew member! 

Competent Crew is an intensive course to teach you the basic sailing skills. 

  It is 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

Sailing Courses

Basic Cruising Standard



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. 

Intermediate Cruising Standard



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 practical environment. 

Basic Coastal Navigation


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.  

VHF Marine Radio


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.  

Intermediate Coastal Navigation


 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.   

Celestial Navigation


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

Offshore Programs

Mileage Builder Program


  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 Yachmaster Ocean 

Private Lessons


Achieve your own goal!

 We offer a good opportunity to be focused on your specific needs 

Class Schedule