Basic Cruising (part 1)

2 x 8 hour days

$ 385/ person


This is one of the entry levels in the series of Sail Canada courses on sailing keelboats and on cruising, Two full days on the water learning the basics. Good for individuals with minimal practical on-water experience. This entry-level course builds basic sailing skills with a focus on the operation of the vessel as crew. Candidates completing this course can competently contribute as crew to the operation of a keelboat in moderate daytime conditions. This standard is recommended for those with little boating or sailing experience who want to experience sailing on a keelboat and begin to build basic sailing skills in a relaxed environment and at a comfortable pace. It is a prerequisite for the Basic Cruising Day Skipper Course. Good for experienced Sailors if there is a particular skill you want to master.

Availability & Dates

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Great for those new to sailing.
Can be completed in 16 hours of sailing.
Get the material ahead of time to study the theory.
Can be done week days or weekends or combined wit the 3 day course.
Great way to find out if sailing is for you.

To view the Sail Canada Requirements and Standards click here

What to bring?


Non Scuffing footwear, Boat shoes, Teva-type sandals or tennis shoes. (to see if it scuffs you take it off and slide an edge of the sole on paper)


Foul weather/Rain gear, fleece jacket, windbreaker and a sweater layer is good, during summer rain gear is usually not needed.


Sunglasses with safety string and side protection, sunscreen (SPF 30 or higher), and a cell phone or camera.’

Lunch, drinks, and snacks


Call or text: 1-250-415-3223

Email: Contact Page

Other Courses

Basic Cruising Standard
Part 2 and 5-Day Course

Part 2 or our 5-day Cruise and Learn. An introductory course, Basic Cruising Standard (Day Skipper) Can be three days in a row or three days one week apart for locals. If you want to go for a liveaboard cruise and learn the same things try the 5-day Cruise and Learn but spend more time on the water.

Goal: To be able to cruise safely in local waters as both skipper and crew in moderate wind and sea conditions by day. 

Intermediate Cruising Standard

5 – days and 4 nights Bareboat Skipper Course on the water cruising on the Strait of Juan de Fuca and the Southern Gulf Islands. With the ultimate goal of being able to cruise safely in local waters as both skipper and crew in moderate wind and sea conditions by day. This course is designed for those with experience on cruising sailboats in tidal waters.

Coastal Navigation

We offer the Basic and Intermediate Navigation at he same time. You study at home on your own schedule, write the Basic exam first and when you pass, we then schedule the Intermediate exam.


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