ABYC is a Sail Canada and Transport Canada Certified Recreational Boating School.
You do not have to be a member of ABYC to take courses.

If you have any concerns about any of these courses, please contact the office at 416-698-4498 ext 221 or email admin@abyc.ca.

Winter Courses

Summer Courses

 

ADULT LEARN-TO-SAIL PROGRAM 2019
ABYC is a Sail Canada and Transport Canada Certified
Recreational Boating School.

WINTER COURSES 2019

ABYC Learn to Sail Program is pleased to offer a variety of courses in the winter to keep sailors learning about our sport.

Sign up as soon as possible as space is limited.
CALL ROXANNE AT 416-698-4498 ext 221 or email admin@abyc.ca

 

INTERMEDIATE CRUISING THEORY

Mondays & Tuesdays, January 21-22, 28-29, February 4-5
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
FEE: $400+HST
Instructor: Jamie Gordon
Are you planning to take your boat south, cruise the Great Lakes, or charter a
boat somewhere exotic? Or would you just like to improve your cruising
knowledge? The Sail Canada Intermediate cruising course is just what you need.
This class allows you to complete the theory portion of the Intermediate course,
either to gain only the theory certificate, or to continue into the on-the-water
portion in the summer. The instructor will make arrangements to complete the
on-the-water portion on your own boat, or will help you to find another boat to
join if possible.
(See Summer Courses for further details.)

CELESTIAL NAVIGATION

Saturday & Sunday, February 23 & 24
9:00 am – 3:30 pm
FEE: $275+HST
Instructor: Kurt Wege
Are you intrigued about how we knew where we were before GPS and Loran
existed? What would you do if your electronic gadgets failed?
Learn the mysteries of celestial navigation and have fun with it the next time
you are out on the water!
In this special interest course in celestial navigation you will learn the
fundamentals of:

  • Using a sextant
  • Taking a shot
  • Reducing a sight
  • Determining your position

BASIC NAVIGATION

Sundays, March 10, 17, 24, 31, April 7, 14
9:00 am – 12:00 pm
FEE: $425+HST
Instructor: Diane Reid
Planning a trip? Want to make sure you don’t run into something along the
way? You would be amazed at how many things there are out there that can
make your trip go the wrong way….. In this 15-hour course you will learn how
to plan a trip for an afternoon of sailing and all the meanings of the things you
find printed on the charts. Basic Navigation is an excellent introduction to
chart reading and passage planning. It is also a pre requisite for Intermediate
Navigation and Intermediate Cruising.

INTERMEDIATE NAVIGATION

(Basic Navigation or equivalent required.)

Mondays, March 11, 18, 25, April 1, 8, 16, 22
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
FEE: $325+HST
Instructor: Diane Reid

Intermediate Navigation is the next step after Basic Navigation. Here is where
you really get to build your pilotage skills in this 18 hour course. You will never
look at passage plans and running fixes the same way again! Don’t have Basic
Navigation but do have lots of experience? Let us know and we will help you
decide if this course is for you.

MARITIME RADIO RESTRICTED OPERATORS CERTIFICATE

To operate a maritime radio, you need the certificate. It’s the law!

Monday & Tuesday, February 11-12
6:00 pm – 9:30 pm
FEE: $145+HST
Instructor: Kurt Wege
(Note: Course will also be offered May 20 & 22; June 24 & 25; July 22 & 23)

The Maritime Radio course teaches emergency radio procedures, and everyday
operating techniques. Learn all about the uses of marine radios, choice of
frequencies, operation, phonetic alphabet, procedural words and phrases, as
well as Digital Selective Calling and the Global Maritime Distress and Safety
System, (DSC/GMDSS).

OFFSHORE PERSONAL SURVIVAL

Saturday & Sunday, March 2 & 3
9:00 am – 5:00 pm


(A portion of the course held at a local pool)
FEE: $450 + HST
Instructors: Diane Reid & Jamie Gordon
Registration is through Ontario Sailing, not ABYC
To Register Call 1-888-672-7245 or
https://ontariosailing.ca/registration-forms
Here’s your opportunity to practice

    • firing hand held flares
    • putting out fires
    • swimming in your foul weather gear
    • getting into a life raft
    • cutting rigging with your bolt cutters

This Offshore Personal Survival Course will give you a hands-on opportunity for
all of this. Whether you are sailing across to Rochester, to the Caribbean or in
the Lake Ontario 300….something could go wrong and you could be in a
position to use your safety equipment and save someone’s life.

STANDARD FIRST AID (ST. JOHN AMBULANCE}

Saturday & Sunday, February 9 & 10
8:00 am – 4:00 pm
FEE: $150+HST
Instructor: Nigel Spink

This two-day (13 hour) course meets Canada Labour Code and WSIB
requirements for workplaces with more than five employees per shift. The
course provides participants with comprehensive training in over 25 first aid
scenarios. Each student will receive a St. John Ambulance First Aid Reference
Guide with over 400 pages of information, full colour illustrations, charts,
glossary and more. A provincially recognized certificate, valid for three years, is
issued upon successful completion




 

COURSES FOR ADULTS
SUMMER 2019 COURSES

NEW THIS SUMMER!
SAILING CLINICS

(Aboard C&C 25 – space limited)
Mondays & Tuesdays, January 21-22, 28-29, February 4-5
Fridays 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Fee: $100 + HST eachTacking and Gybing: May 31
Crew Overboard: June 14
Sail Trim: June 28

START KEELBOAT SAILING

Tuesdays/Thursdays, May 14 &16; 21 & 23; 28 & 30
6:00 – 9:00 pm
OR
Mondays/Wednesdays, June 24 &26; July 1&3; 8 &10
6:00 – 9:00 pm
OR
Mondays-Wednesday, June 3-5
9:30 am – 3:30 pm
FEE: $475+HST
This is the perfect course for someone who has never been sailing before and
wants to try it out for the first time. If you aren’t sure sailing is for you, this is
the course to take to figure that out. Start Keelboat Sailing is a Sail Canada
course that gives you 18 hours on the water to get you started sailing. You and
your small group will sail aboard a C&C 25 keelboat with a professional Sail
Canada instructor, learning the basic maneuvers and the parts of the boat while
having fun on the water this summer! You can continue your training with the
Basic Cruising course if you wish.
What to bring:

  • You must have a properly fitting Department of Transportation approved
    life jacket This may be purchased at a local boating supply store or
    outdoor sporting goods store that carries boating equipment.
  • Clothing:
    • Deck (boating) shoes (preferred), or white-soled running shoes
    • Windproof/waterproof jacket or foul weather gear
    • Sun hat
    • Soft sided bag with extra warm clothing
  • Other gear
    • Sunscreen
    • Bottle of water
    • Snack

For registration form, click here

BASIC CRUISING

Various Dates and Times from May-August
Evenings, Weekends and Weekday classes available
(See registration form for complete schedule)
FEE: $750+HST (Senior Members only $100 discount)

For those with some sailing experience. Maybe you have taken an introductory
course in sailing, such as Start Keelboat Sailing, or spent some time sailing with
others and want to fill in some of the blanks. If so, Basic Cruising is the course
for you. Although there are no pre-requisites for this 28-hour course, it is very
helpful if you have done some sailing in the past. This is the ideal course for
new boat owners or those who want to move up to being the Skipper for an
afternoon sail.
Classes, which are scheduled at various times during the week and on
weekends (see registration form below for class schedule), provide both offand
on-water instruction and are designed to give students the necessary skills
to act as both skipper and crew on a sailboat of up to 35 feet in length, in
moderate weather conditions. The course is taught on a 25 ft. keelboat.
Features:

  • 28 hours of instruction (on-the-water and classroom)
  •  Sail Canada textbook and pre-course package
  •  Logbook and Sail Canada seal
  • Taught by Sail Canada certified instructors

Includes boat handling under sail, safety equipment and procedures, basic weather and chart reading, reefing and knots, man-overboard procedures, terminology, powering in restricted waters, anchoring and docking, rules of the road.

  • Students who successfully complete the Basic Cruising Certificate will also receive their Pleasure Craft Operator’s Card at no extra charge.
  • Students have the option of writing the Toronto Harbour Licence during their course.
  • Students are encouraged to register for a Maritime Radio Restricted Operator’s Certificate course.
    (Additional fees apply)

What to bring:

  • You must have a properly fitting Department of Transportation approved life jacket This may be purchased at a local boating supply store or outdoor
    sporting goods store that carries boating equipment.
  •  Clothing:
    •  Deck (boating) shoes (preferred), or white-soled running shoes
    •  Windproof/waterproof jacket or foul weather gear
    •  Sun hat
    • Soft sided bag with extra warm clothing
  •  Other gear
    •  Sunscreen
    •  Bottle of water
    •  Snack

For the registration form, which also indicates specific dates and times for
each session, click here
You can also email us at admin@abyc.ca

BASIC CRUISING REFRESHER

Saturday, June 1 OR Sunday June 2
9:30 – 3:30 pm
Fee: $200 + HST
Designed mainly for those who have recently completed the Basic Cruising
Program and want to refresh their skills. This course is essential for those who
intend to sail this summer and want to be sure they remember what they
learned last year (or the year before…).

MORE TIME ON THE WATER! (NEW)

Saturday, August 10 OR Sunday, August 11
9:00 am – 4:00 pm
FEE: $225+HST
Designed for those who complete the Basic Cruising course in 2019. Students
often feel that they just need a bit more time on the water to review and
practice what they have learned. This 7-hour day on the water allows
participants to go for a sail with an instructor on board, wherever the winds
may take them!

INTRODUCTORY KEELBOAT CO-OP
OPPORTUNITY FOR 2019 KEELBOAT
PROGRAM GRADUATES

ABYC is providing the opportunity for successful graduates of the Adult Basic
Cruising course to continue sailing and fine-tune their sailing skills in the
summer they graduate. If certified by the instructor, graduates may apply to the
Introductory Co-op Program (space is limited) and sail any of the three C&C25
keelboats in our co-op fleet. The low cost of the Introductory Co-op Program
membership is based on when the student joins. A training session to
familiarize you with the boats will be provided with the membership. We want
you to keep sailing!!
It is suggested that those who are interested in this program submit their
Introductory Co-op and membership applications at the same time as they
register for the Basic Cruising course. There will be no charges applied
until you are accepted into the program.
Please see the Introductory Co-operative Sailing Program Application Form for
prices and details.

INTERMEDIATE CRUISING
ON YOUR OWN BOAT (NEW!)

Monday – Friday, Dates to be determined with instructor.
Fee: $1900+HST PER BOAT (UP TO 4 PEOPLE )(Does not include food)
Pre-requisite: Intermediate Cruising theory (See winter offerings)
Are you planning to take your boat south, cruise the Great Lakes, or charter a
boat somewhere exotic? Or would you just like to improve your cruising
knowledge? The Sail Canada Intermediate cruising course is just what you need.
This five-day live-aboard course is offered on your own boat (or on an owner’s
boat by arrangement). Instructor will facilitate this process.
You can read the Sail Canada cruising standards at:

Includes Ontario Sailing Seal.

MARITIME RADIO RESTRICTED OPERATORS CERTIFICATE

To operate a maritime radio, you need the certificate. It’s the law!

Monday & Wednesday: May 20 & 22
OR
Monday & Tuesday: June 24 – 25
OR,
Monday & Tuesday: July 22 – 23
6:00 pm – 9:30 pm
FEE: $145+HST
The Maritime Radio course teaches emergency radio procedures, and everyday operating techniques. Learn all about the uses of marine radios, choice of frequencies, operation, phonetic alphabet, procedural words and phrases, as well as Digital Selective Calling and the Global Maritime Distress and Safety
System, (DSC/GMDSS).

YOUTH KEELBOAT PROGRAM

Monday, July 8 – Friday, July 12
AND/OR
Monday, July 16 – Friday July 20
9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Fee: $450 + HST
This hands-on program is for youth ages 13 – 18 who want to try keelboat
sailing for the first time or who already have some sailing experience either in
keelboats or in dinghies. Upon successful completion students may obtain one
of three Sail Canada certifications: Start Keelboat Sailing; Basic Crew; or Basic
Cruising standard. Students may register for one or both weeks.
To register call 416-698-4498 ext 221
or use the Youth Keelboat Application Form.
Or email admin@abyc.ca

OPTIONAL CERTIFICATIONS

By the Wednesday of each session, students should inform the instructor
of their interest in completing the following certifications:

  • Sail Canada Basic Cruising certificate
  • Power Vessel Operator’s Permit (Toronto Harbour License) – must be 14 years old

Student will be provided with Sail Canada Basic Cruising text (all theory will have been covered in class), on-the-water testing, and written exams (administered on Friday, August 3, from 6-9pm).
Additional fee for materials and certificate costs: $130 + HST to be paid to ABYC office in advance. See form for details.

To register for all courses
call 416-698-4498 ext 221.
Or email admin@abyc.ca