Our goal

We will study terms, commands, and operation of a sailboat to become a confident sail boat skipper with a Sail Canada certification.


Group size and duration

Groups of 2 to 4 people will complete this course. Basic Cruising Standard  course is 30 hours of instruction, including 20 hours of coached sailing, 8 hours of sailing theory, and a 2 hour written exam.

Materials and exams

We will use the Sail Canada text book “Basic Cruising Skills” by Gillian West.

Your time sailing will culminate in one practical sailing exam and one in-class written exam.

If you wish for the learning material to be mailed to you please send your mailing address.


$750 per person, including Sail Canada text book, Sail Canada Log book, Sail  Canada certification.

It is possible for students of the Basic Cruising course to study together with the Start Keelboat course students in mixed groups.


There are no prerequisites.

Because places are limited for the summer months, please register early.

To confirm your registration and reserve your time please transfer $350 by Interac transfer to

The remaining part of the fee is due on the course start date.
Schedule can be customized to suit the group.

For more details on the exact curriculum please visit the Sail Canada website. ​