Basic, SKS & Introduction to Boating Courses

Lake Simcoe and Georgian Bay Sail Training

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Introduction to Sailing Lake Simcoe

  • 3-hour course on the water.
  • Opportunity to experience the pure joy of sailing
  • You actually sail the boat, raise and trim sails, steer the boat
  • Experienced Sail Canada certified instructors
  • Focus on safety
  • Based out of Lake Simcoe (Barrie & Cook’s Bay)
  • 22 foot or 25 foot keelboats
  • Evenings or weekends
  • Lifejackets will be provided
  • Group discounts

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Start Keelboat Sailing Lake Simcoe (Day Sailing format)

  • Intended for students with little or no prior sailing exposure
  • Based on Lake Simcoe
  • 6 – 7.5 metre keelboats
  • One weekend or 5 weekday evening formats
  • Theoretical and Practical components
  • 14 hours on water building fundamental sailing skill
  • Low instructor student ratio
  • Work book provided for home study; no test
  • Pleasure Craft Operator Card training included if required
  • Optional sailing club membership with followup mentoring

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Basic Cruising Lake Simcoe (Day Sailing format)

  • Entry level intended for students with some prior sailing exposure
  • Based on Lake Simcoe
  • 7 – 9 metre keelboats
  • Two weekend or weekday evening format
  • Theoretical and Practical components
  • 24 hours on water building fundamental sailing skill plus 12 hours of mentoring
  • Low instructor student ratio
  • Online or classroom Theory and Pleasure Craft Operator Card (Not required if Basic Keelboat course theory completed)
  • Optional 56 hour package and followup mentoring

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Basic Cruising Georgian Bay (Liveaboard format)

  • Entry level intended for students with little or no prior Keel boat exposure
  • Based out of Georgian Bay
  • Skill building intro with 22 foot or 25 foot keelboats
  • Liveaboard a 10 -15 metre keelboat
  • 5 or 7 day liveaboard format
  • Theoretical and Practical components
  • 5 to 7 days on water building fundamental sailing skill
  • Low instructor student ratio
  • Online or classroom Theory and Pleasure Craft Operator Card (Not required if Basic Keelboat course theory completed)
  • Optional 56 hour package with followup mentoring

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Coastal Navigation practical – Georgian Bay

  • New course offering
  • Professional Instructor
  • This is an optional course but recommended in order to apply the skills successfully at the Intermediate level
  • Prerequisite completion of Coastal Navigation Theory (Basic & Intermediate)
  • 1- day practical on Georgian Bay or Lake Simcoe
  • Builds navigation skills in preparation for Intermediate Cruising
  • Builds confidence
  • Log big boat experience (10 – 15 m)

Journey to Chartering

  • New course offering
  • Professional Instructor
  • Builds foundation skills in preparation for 
  • Intermediate Cruising
  • Introduces intermediate level skills
  • Builds confidence
  • Log big boat experience (10 – 12 m)
  • Introduction to night sailing

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Intermediate Cruising

  • Certification required by charter companies
  • 5 day live aboard format
  • Offered in two premiere Ontario cruising grounds
  • Focus on resource Management
  • Perfects sailing manoeuvres
  • Charting and plotting courses
  • Navigation with hand instruments
  • Builds leadership skills
  • Develops prudent skippering skills
  • Competently handling of 10 – 12 m vessel

Journey to Passage Making

  • Prepares student for the advanced cruising standard
  • Offered on the Great Lakes
  • Develops leadership skills
  • Advanced coastal navigation skills
  • Prepare and plan a passage
  • Experience sailing and navigating at night
  • Provides an assessment of skill so you can be successful at the Advanced level
  • Big boat experience in all conditions on 10 – 15 metre vessel
  • 48 hour continuous passage, night watch standing, acting as skipper

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Advanced Cruising

  • 48 hour passage at minimum
  • Demonstration of superior leadership skills
  • Navigation 24/7 without electronics
  • Passage Plan developed prior to course
  • Boat system management (crew and mechanical)
  • Alternative COB exercises
  • Night sail into unknown anchorage
  • Demonstration of excellent Intermediate level sailing skills

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Intermediate Cruising Course - Full

  • 6 day/5 night live-aboard course
  • Train on the waters of beautiful Georgian Bay
  • Course taught by a Registered Sail Canada Intermediate Cruising Instructor
  • Certification required by bareboat charter companies*
  • Adhere to all safety protocols
  • Perfect sailing manoeuvres on all points of sail, tacking, gybing, sailing to weather efficiently, crew overboard.
  • Charting, plotting courses and navigating
  • Sailing a compass course
  • Proper Anchoring techniques
  • Maneuvering a larger vessel under power
  • Dinghy Management
  • Focus on resource management
  • Builds leadership skills
  • Develops prudent skippering skills
  • Competently handle a 10 – 15 metre sailing vessel 
  • Price: $975.00 pp plus share of food
  • (Intermediate Cruising Theory extra)

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Practical Coastal Navigation (One Day)

  • 10:00 AM to 4:00PM
  • Practice skills learned during Coastal Navigation course including charting, plotting course, navigating with hand instruments, use of ranges and use of Lines of Positions to FIX boat location
  • Price: $125.00 pp - GRSC Sale Price $85.00

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Big Boat Mentoring – 4 Berths

  • 3 day/2 night live-aboard course
  • Sailing manoeuvres on all points of sail, tacking, gybing, sailing to weather efficiently, crew overboard
  • Maneuvering a larger vessel under power
  • Docking clinic
  • Proper anchoring techniques
  • Price: $375.00 pp plus share of food

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Journey to Chartering – 4 Berths

  • 4 day/3 night live-aboard course
  • Builds foundation skills and confidence for the Intermediate Cruising course
  • Practice sailing manoeuvres on all points of sail, tacking, gybing, sailing to weather efficiently, crew overboard
  • Charting, plotting courses and navigating with hand instruments
  • Proper anchoring techniques
  • Dinghy management
  • Price: $575.00 pp plus share of food

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Basic Coastal Navigation Course

  • Learn how to read charts
  • Dead Reckoning
  • Fix your position without the aid of Electronics
  • Understand Canadian Aids to Navigation System
  • Plot a course and know your ETA
  • Introduction to GPS
  • Recommended in order to apply the skills to be successful at the Intermediate Cruising level 
  • Builds confidence

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