A happy and competent crewOur goal

We will study basic terms, commands, and operation of a sailboat to feel comfortable and competent as a crew member.
If you are new to sailing this course is highly recommended before you take Basic Cruising Standard course.

Group size and duration

Groups of 2 to 4 people will complete this course. The Start Keelboat Sailing course is 18 hours of instruction including 12 hours of coached sailing, 4 hours of sailing theory, and a 2 hour written exam review.

Materials and exams

We will use the Sail Canada textbook “Basic Cruising Skills” by Gillian West. Your time sailing will culminate in one practical sailing exam and one open book written exam.

    • $500 per person plus:
    • Sail Canada text book “Basic Cruising Skills” – $35 incl. HST
    • If you wish for the learning material to be mailed to you please send your mailing address and $25 postage.
    • Sail  Canada certification, only if pass all the tests and exam – $47 incl. HST.
    • It is possible for students of the Start Keelboat course to study together with the Basic Cruising course students in mixed groups.


There are no prerequisites.


Every weekday and weekends lessons start at 10:00. Normally, there will be no lessons on Mondays. 
On Weekends:    First block 10:00 to 12:00
Second block 13:00 to 15:00
On Weekdays:    First block 10:00 to 12:00
Second block 13:00 to 15:00
Third block 16:00 to 18:00

On Wednesdays there will be no lessons from 16:00 to 18:00 due to club racing day at APSC.

Start Keelboat Sailing Course can be booked as one block per day, so that one day session will be 5 hours long.

You can customize the schedule to suit your group.

Because places are limited for the summer months, please register early.

To confirm your registration and reserve your time please transfer $250 by Interac transfer to [email protected] The remaining part of the fee is due on the course start date.

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