Sail Canada Courses
Introduction to Boating
Start Keelboat Sailing
Basic Cruising Skipper or Crew
Basic Cruising Skipper or Crew
5-days & 4-nights (live-aboard). Cortes Island, + *Quadra Island or Lund if private live-aboard group.
Course on Beneteau Oceanis 400. All meals in live-aboard format. Sail Canada exam, textbook & certificate. Pleasure Craft Operator Card (PCOC) training.
$1800 CAD/person (double occupancy) for the aft-cabin. $1950 CAD/person (double occupancy) for forward-cabin with private washroom. Max. 4 participants.
$900 CAD/person. Max. 4 participants. Stay on beautiful Cortes Island and save. Includes 5-days on the sailboat as our classroom.
Available dates - 2024:
This Standard is recommended for those who want to be certified to cruise safely as skipper or crew on a sailboat in moderate wind and sea conditions by day in tidal waters.
This five-day course can be taken in a day-sailing or live-aboard format. The live-aboard format allows for the complete experience of cruising on a sailboat and being a full-fledged member of a crew. It includes sleeping at anchor, taking care of the vessel, and enjoying meals together to make you fully feel life at sea. This is a great idea as a vacation in the beautiful Desolation Sound area, which includes all meals and lodging while achieving your sailing certification even for a whole family. The day-sailing option can be done over five consecutive days or broken up over weekends, with 6-hour per day sessions, which will take us to the nearby waters of Cortes, Marina and Mitlenatch Islands, allowing you to learn in the unique natural surroundings of Desolation Sound. For the live-aboard format, see the sample itinerary below, as this course will take us on a further exploration of the Desolation Sound area – the day-sailing format will cover the same topics with Mariah and the waters around Cortes Island serving as our beautiful classroom. Camping on Cortes Island is a very inexpensive option for accomodation and there are many rentals available on the island.
Private cabins, meals & the course
Our sailboat is a comfortable, modern, 40-foot sailing vessel (Beneteau Oceanis 400), with all the required amenities and safety equipment.
The Sail Canada Basic Cruising Skills textbook, a Sail Canada Logbook to record your certificates, all course materials, the exam, seal and certification fee are all included. PCOC certification, if required, can be obtained for $25 which covers the processing and card application fees.
*If you book as a private live-aboard group, we can optionally start/end the course at Quadra Island or from Lund for a fee of $150 CAD/person.
After dinner, you will be able to relax, swim or explore the pristine natural shoreline by zodiac inflatable. Relaxing on deck, in your private cabin, or outside in the hammock, while the boat is gently rocking is a fantastic feeling and provides the best night’s sleep, which indeed will be well earned after such an exciting day.
In April and May, we will instead anchor nearby in pristine Walsh Cove marine park on the east side of West Redonda Island. In the evening we will hop into our zodiac-inflatable to pick our own mussels for the evening’s well-deserved dinner and to admire First Nations petroglyphs on the towering granite cliffs surrounding our anchorage.
At our peaceful destination we enjoy a great dinner, possibly composed from our own harvested oysters or mussels, and we relish the evening with sights of wildlife, by exploring the inlet by dinghy, swimming in the warm waters, or just relaxing.
We celebrate our success over a final dinner together and conclude our trip in the evening at 5 pm at the arranged destination by our newly recognized Skippers and Crew.
Things to know
This Program is delivered by a Sail Canada Certified Instructor through our Calma Sailing school, a Sail Canada registered, and Transport Canada licensed Recreational Boating School. Participants will be issued a Sail Canada certificate upon successful completion of this course. The course cost includes the Basic Cruising Skills textbook, the Sail Canada Logbook, exams, seals, and Sail Canada certification fees. A Pleasure Craft Operator Card (PCOC), the required document used in Canada as proof of competency to operate a recreational boat with a motor, can be included if required by the participant for $25 which covers the PCOC processing and card application fees. In the live-aboard format all meals are included. Marina costs are included. Safety equipment such as PFDs will be provided. Our sailboat is a comfortable, modern, 40-foot sailing vessel (Beneteau Oceanis 400), with all the required amenities and safety equipment. In the live-aboard format, pillows, pillow covers, and bed sheets are provided, and guests are just asked to provide their own sleeping bags.
Participants ages 16 and up can attend, up to a maximum of 4 participants. Participants under 19 years of age must be accompanied by a guardian. These training sessions will require short periods of moderate upper body exertion, and a moderate level of arm strength. Participants may experience sun, wind, spray, rain, and temperatures consistent with the season in southern, coastal British Columbia. Underway the vessel may exhibit irregular motion due to wind and waves. We ask participants to refrain from smoking when aboard the vessel.
A sleeping bag rated for the summer or a three-season type, depending on the season. Towel and personal items. A spare warm sweater or fleece. A wind-proof and water-proof jacket. Hat or toque. Sunscreen. Sporty comfortable shoes with non-marking white/light soles. Water-shoes and hiking shoes. Long and short pants depending on the weather. Long hiking pants, preferably waterproof. Spare clothes for 5 days. Thermal underwear. Toiletries and personal items. Camera.
Fully refundable for the first 7 days after your booking so you can calmly plan your trip, if the booking is made more than 30 days before the lesson start time. Cancel more than 45 days before the start time for a full refund minus a 5% booking fee. If you cancel 45 days or less before the start time you will receive a 50% refund. A 30% deposit is required at booking. Full payment is due 60 days before the start time. A 100% refund will be given if we cannot sail due to extreme weather conditions or safety issues. See our Terms of Service for details.
Price rates are shown as price/person and are based on double occupancy of a double-bed private cabin in the live-aboard course format. Single individuals occupying a double-bed private cabin are charged as per double occupancy minus 10%. Prices are in Canadian dollars and are subject to a 5% Federal Goods and Services Tax (GST). All prices are subject to change without notice.
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We would be happy to discuss other options.