BASIC SAILING CLASSES - 5 day Course
Who is the course for?
This course is for beginners with little or no sailing experience
Where do I fit in? See our Course Progression Overview
Format Five-day liveaboard trip in Howe Sound
Sail Canada Certification
- Basic Crew Standard (for beginners with no experience) or
- Basic Cruising Standard (if you have prior sailing experience)
- Includes Pleasure Craft Operator Card (PCOC)
The five day liveaboard trip has proven to be the most likely scenario for new students to achieve the Basic Cruising Standard certification. The experience of living, breathing and speaking sailing for the week helps sailors reach their full potential, and is an excellent introduction to Intermediate level boat system management.
Home Dock Location
Granville Island Marina, Dock E
5 days living on board (4 nights)
Boarding 9:00 am
Return 5:00 pm
31 to 36 foot sailboat
Two nights at a marina with showers
One night at anchor, one at a marine park
Basic Crew Standard or Basic Cruising Standard?
The course content is the same for both Crew and Cruising standards.
For the Basic Crew Standard you need to be able to assist a skipper as a competent crew member.
For the Basic Cruising Standard level a higher standard of proficiency is required to act as skipper and be fully responsible for the vessel and crew.
I have little or no sailing experience
Choose the Basic Crew Standard. That takes the pressure off so you can enjoy learning new skills without fearing you have to be in charge of a boat and a crew.
With the Basic Crew certification, you can take skill development clinics. After some sailing practice, take the Basic Cruising Checkout to get your Basic Cruising Standard for skippers.
I have some sailing experience
Perhaps you have sailed before or taken a Sail Canada dinghy sailing course.
To be awarded the Basic Cruising Standard, you will demonstrate the ability to be in charge of the boat and crew, acting as skipper through all maneuvers. Previous experience of at least three days on a similar boat and familiarity with tacking, gybing, points of sail.
During registration please indicate which level you are hoping to achieve
Living on a small boat
Are you curious about what it might be like living on a boat for five days with other sailors?
For a humorous review read "Sailing on a Whim and a Prayer" by one of our students.