Sail Canada Courses

Have you ever wondered what it’s like to sail? How it feels to float and sway among the waves in your sailboat? What an amazing feeling it must be to travel solely thanks to the wind, sails, and your own skill? Join us to experience all of this while learning and exploring the beautiful waters of Desolation Sound.
1 day

Introduction to Boating

2/3 days

Start Keelboat Sailing

5 days

Basic Cruising Skipper or Crew

1 day

Introduction to Boating

duration &
start/end point

5-hour sailing lesson from Cortes Island.


Sailing instructions on a Beneteau Oceanis 400 & Sail Canada certificate.

per person

$200 CAD/person. Up to 4 independent participants can book one session.

private group rate

$720 CAD/max. 4 participants. Book just for your own group.

Available dates - 2024:
If you have always wondered what sailing is about, then this session is for you. This is one of the entry level Standards in the series of Sail Canada Standards on sailing keelboats and on cruising.
This Standard is intended to provide novice boaters the opportunity to experience the joys of boating and sailing. The session may also be used for the purpose of building crew teamwork skills on water. You will experience in practice the principles of sailing by actively participating in the handling of a 40-foot sailboat. Participants will be introduced to basic knowledge on boating and sailing, and to safe practices and good seamanship while underway sailing and motoring.
This 5-hour session will begin at Cortes Island and take us to the nearby waters of Marina and Mitlenatch Islands allowing you to learn in the unique natural surroundings of Desolation Sound. This Standard provides a great opportunity for first time boaters to get out on the water with a knowledgeable and experienced individual. With minimal learning objectives this course can be easily adapted to meet the comfort level of first-time boaters or more experienced individuals.

See the Sail Canada website links below for more information and a detailed outline of what is included in the training and what is required for certification:


Things to know

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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 the session (A Sail Canada Logbook can be purchased for $20 if you want to begin recording your participation in Sail Canada courses). 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.

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. The activity level is light and is appropriate for beginners. 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 lunch. A spare warm sweater or fleece. A light rain-proof or windproof jacket. Hat or toque. Sun-screen. Sporty comfortable shoes with non-marking white/light soles. Long or short pants depending on the weather. Camera.

Fully refundable for up to 7 days before the lesson start time or receive a 50% refund if you cancel less than 7 days before the start. Receive a full refund within 24 hours of booking if the lesson is booked less than 7 days before the start time, and a 50% refund thereafter. Full payment is due at booking. A 100% refund will be given if we can’t sail due to extreme weather conditions or safety issues. See our Terms of Service for details.

Prices are shown in Canadian dollars, and are subject to a 5% Federal Goods and Services Tax (GST). All prices are subject to change without notice.

Sailing is the ultimate expression of freedom. Join us and begin your sailing adventure.

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