Basic Day Sailing Courses

in small keelboats at Cobourg Yacht Club

Introduction to Sailing

If you just want to experience what it is like to handle a sailboat, Introduction to Sailing is intended to introduce novice boaters to safe practices in preparing to leave the dock, while underway, and returning to the dock. This course is 3 hours with a Learn to Sail Instructor.

Maximum Class Size — $180.00 for up to 4 people 

Learning Boat — Sail: Mirage 24 Sailboat

By Appointment Only – Contact:

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Basic Cruising (Learn to Sail Keelboat) – Skipper and Crew

Basic Cruising is intended to develop individuals to be able to sail 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.

This course is 18 hours on the water with a Learn to Sail Instructor plus access to 4 online ashore knowledge sessions, a practice exam, and a final 3-hour examination session for the SAILCanada Basic Cruising Examination and the Transport Canada  Pleasure Craft Operators Card (PCOC). In addition to the the online learning modules, the course includes the official Sail Canada Basic Cruising Skills text book.

All Learn to Sail Keelboat students automatically receive all the benefits of a social membership (known as an Associate member) until the end of the calendar year to enjoy the many club facilities and events.

In addition, on successful completion of Basic Cruising, you will be able to participate in the Club’s Boat Sharing program that provides for 3-hour experience-building sailing sessions. This is a great way to continue enjoying being on the water for the balance of the 2018 sailing season at a modest cost. (Note: Use of the boat is limited to CYC members with a minimum of the Sail Canada Basic Cruising Standard.)

As you can see, the sessions are starting to fill up.  Register early to reserve the space(s) you want!

On-water Sessions:

Weeknights (Tuesdays and Thursdays, 5:30-8:30)

May 10 – May 29  SOLD OUT


Weekends (Saturdays and Sundays, 9-12 and 1-4)

May 12/13 – May 19/20  2 places available
July 7/8 – July 14/15 2 places available
July 21/22 – July 28/29 4 places available

Weekdays (4 days 9-12 and 1-4)

June 11 – June 14 4 places available
July 16 – July 19
3 places available
August 7 – August 10 4 places available

Maximum Class Size — 4 (Minimum Class is 2)

Learning Boat — Mirage 24 Sailboat