Keelboat & Cruising

Keelboat & Cruising

Sail Canada Keelboat & Cruising Programs provide new and developing sailors with the skills needed to operate a vessel safely and effectively in a wide range of settings. Programs offer everything from weeknight racing to weekend cruising and traveling offshore.


Overview

Each program standard listed below provides a detailed outline of that is included in the training and what is required for certification. Programs are delivered locally by Sail Canada Certified Instructors at clubs and schools across Canada.


Introduction to Boating

To introduce novice boaters to safe practices when preparing to leave the dock, while underway, and when returning to dock. This standard may be taught in a sailing vessel or a powerboat. It is expected that the vessel will be less than 12 meters in length.

View Introduction Standard

Start Keelboat Sailing

To be able to sail safely as crew of a sloop rigged keelboat 6 to 12 meters with an outboard or inboard motor in 5 – 20 knots (not gusting over 25 knots) of wind by day.

View Keelboat Sailing Standard

Keelboat Spinnaker

To be able to sail safely as crew of a sloop rigged keelboat 6 to 12 meters while working with a spinnaker in light to moderate wind and sea conditions by day.

View Keelboat Spinnaker Standard

Basic Crew Standard

To be able to cruise safely in familiar waters as competent crew of a sloop rigged keelboat of 6 to 10 meters with an outboard or inboard motor in moderate wind and sea conditions by day.

View Basic Crew Standard

Basic Cruising Standard

To be able to cruise safely in familiar waters as both skipper and crew of a sloop rigged keelboat of 6 to 10 meters with an outboard or inboard motor in moderate wind and sea conditions by day.

View Basic Cruising Standard

Introduction to Keelboat Racing Standard

To be able to participate in local club white sail (non-spinnaker) races as crew and/or helm, of a sloop-rigged keelboat of 6 to 12 meters with an outboard or inboard motor in 5 – 20 knots (not gusting over 25 knots) of wind by day, with sufficient understanding of the racing rules, race management procedures, and tactics to successfully complete the race in an enjoyable manner.

View Intro to Keelboat Racing Standard

Basic Keelboat Racing Standard

To be able to participate in local club white sail (non-spinnaker) races as skipper, helm and crew, of a sloop-rigged keelboat of 6 to 12 meters with an outboard or inboard motor in 5 – 20 knots (not gusting over 25 knots) of wind by day, with sufficient understanding of the racing rules, race management procedures, and tactics to successfully complete the race in an enjoyable manner.

View Basic Keelboat Racing Standard

Intermediate Crew Standard

To be able to cruise safely as crew of a sailing yacht of 9 to 12 meters, sloop rigged with an inboard engine, in moderate wind and sea conditions by day. The standard emphasizes on-the-water skills at a level acceptable for extended cruises in coastal and inland waters and for bareboat chartering.

View Intermediate Crew Standard

Intermediate Cruising Standard

To be able to cruise safely as both skipper and crew of a sailing yacht of 9 to 12 meters, sloop rigged with an inboard engine, in moderate wind and sea conditions by day. The standard emphasizes on-the-water skills at a level acceptable for extended cruises in coastal and inland waters and for bareboat chartering.

View Intermediate Cruising Standard

Catamaran Endorsement

To be able to cruise safely as both skipper and crew of cruising catamaran of 9 to 15 meters, sloop rigged, with twin engines, in moderate wind and sea conditions by day. The standard emphasizes on-the-water skills at a level acceptable for bareboat chartering for extended cruises in coastal waters.

View Catamaran Endorsement Standard

Advanced Crew Standard

To be able to act safely as crew of a sailing cruiser of 10 – 15 meters, any modern rig and inboard engine, operating within 100 miles of shore by day and night in coastal or coastal or inland water in any weather.

View Advanced Crew Standard

Advanced Cruising Standard

To be able to act safely as skipper and crew of a sailing cruiser of 10 – 15 meters, any modern rig and inboard engine, operating within 100 miles of shore by day and night in coastal or inland water in any weather.

View Advanced Cruising Standard

Offshore Crew Standard

To be able to safely act as crew in a sailing cruiser on an offshore passage navigated by celestial and electronic means without visual reference to terrestrial objects.

View Offshore Crew Standard

Offshore Standard

To be able to safely act as skipper and crew in a sailing cruiser on an offshore passage navigated by celestial and electronic means without visual reference to terrestrial objects.

View Offshore Cruising Standard

  • Rolex
  • Helly Hansen
  • Gallagher Skippers' Plan
  • BMO Sail Canada MasterCard
  • Government of Canada