Our Intermediate course is for sailors who have their Basic Cruising Standard certification and have some additional practice or sailors with plenty of experience sailing in keelboats. The Intermediate Cruising live aboard course is highly recommended for people who are interested in chartering or owning a boat. Once you successfully complete this course you will be able to cruise safely as both skipper and crew of a sailing yacht of 8 – 12 meters in moderate wind and sea conditions by day. If you plan on bareboat chartering or to own a cruising sailboat this course is for you.
Sail Canada Intermediate
Cruise planning & living afloat
Navigation using charts and compass
Two crew-overboard methods
Managing the ship’s internal systems
Sail trim and rig tuning
Advanced docking and maneuvering
Flying a cruising (asymmetrical) spinnaker
Completion of the Basic Standard the Radio Operators Certificate and further sailing experience are prerequisites for this course.See the standard You now also need to get Basic Coastal Navigation in order to join a course . We have developed a Basic navigation course which is completed on-line.
We will accept either:
• students who have Basic Coastal Navigation certification or the old Coastal Navigation course
The Afloat Course
You will develop Improved sailing skills, emphasizing efficient sailing, including sail trim, helming technique controlled gybing and tacking. We also practice additional methods of return to a crew overboard, including short handed techniques See a video of the quick stop return to a crew overboard that is taught in this course and we will discuss the full response to several emergencies. If time and conditions permit, we will also experience flying a cruising spinnaker. The course is taught in a 6 day (5 nights) live aboard format. At least 4 nights are spent in idyllic anchorages and one night at another Marina or Yacht Club This longer format coupled with a small class size and superb cruising area provides sufficient time for coaching and practice to meet the skills required.
For some years we have encouraged student to self study the Ashore Skills (theory) portion and write the exam at the beginning of the course . We find students are better prepared for the practical aspect of the course and we can devote more time to developing practical skills.
New in 2018 we included access to online self-study Ashore Knowledge modules in the fee for our afloat courses in Canada. The Intermediate Ashore Knowledge modules from learntocruiseonline.ca provides:
• Access to over 180 minutes of video screencasts by our instructors
• Email and phone access to LearnToCruiseOnline instructors to deal with any questions you may have
• Access to LTCO’s online Intermediate Cruising practice exam. This simulates the experience of writing the official Sail Canada exam and will help you assess your readiness to write the exam
• Additional orientation material to help you prepare for and get the most out of your subsequent afloat course experience
If you wish to do the online Intermediate Ashore Knowledge module separately there is a fee of $175 including the exam fee.($125 is refundable if you subsequently book a course with us in 2019 in Canada). See learntocruiseonline.ca to register for this option.
6 DAY LIVE ABOARD
$1200 plus Tax ($400 to book, balance due 30 days before the course)
Weekend Challenge course
$700 plus Tax ($233 to book, balance due 30 days before the course)
Includes On-line Ashore Knowledge Study course . This course is for experienced sailors who want the certification there will be minimal coaching.
Excludes food at cost and dockage/pumpout while away from Collins Bay Marina (usually around $20 per student) for more details please see terms and conditions
This live aboard runs for a total of six days (and five evenings) starting on Sunday early afternoon and finishing on Friday afternoon. See a Typical Agenda. At least 4 nights are spent out at anchorage or another marina. The group sleeps on board the boat. This format provides more time for instruction and practice as well as more exposure to the experience of cruising than the day courses. There is at least 36 hours of sailing and over 40 hours of instruction. It provides experience of cruising in a a safe environment and covers f the skills necessary for chartering or boat ownership.(Class sizes are 3 individual students or 2 couples with one instructor on board our CS30.
The live aboard courses are held in Kingston Ontario and start and finish at Collins Bay Marina There is ample free car parking for the duration of the courses and the Marina is well equipped with wash rooms and showers.
*We cannot guarantee that all courses will run. We usually need a minimum of 3 people to confirm a live aboard course so if you are flexible on dates it’s best to pick a course which is partially full(pending) especially if you will make up the third or fourth student so the course will be confirmed to run.
Your Sail Canada Intermediate credential will normally qualify you for Bareboat chartering in the Caribbean. If you are chartering in Europe, you should consider our intermediate add-ons: IYT International Bareboat Skipper and/or ICC to Intermediate. The practical portion is the Same as Sail Canada Intermediate but there is an additional exam.Cost of an ICC or International Bareboat Skipper is $260 when completed with an Intermediate course.If you wish to complete both International Bareboat Skipper and ICC you will only need to take the Bareboat Skipper Exam and we can process an ICC without further testing. Cost of this option is an additional $100 (total $360) which can be paid after the course.
2019 Schedule NEW
|Course ID||Course Dates||Remaining Places||Course Status|
|LAB 2||May 26-31||1 single or 1 couple||Confirmed|
|LAB 3||June 2-7||4||Open|
|LAB 4||June 16-21||4||Open|
|LAB 5||June 30- July 5||0||Full|
|LAB 5A||July 7-12||0||Full|
|LAB 6||July 14-19||2 singles or a couple||Pending|
|LAB 7||July 28- Aug 2||4||Open|
|LAB 8||Aug 11-16||4||Open|
|LAB 9||Aug 25-30||2 singles or a couple||Pending|
|LAB 10||Sept 8-13||4||Open|
|LAB 11||Sept 22-27||4||Open|
|LAB 12||Oct 6-11||4||Open|
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