Adult Programs – 2020

Welcoming all adults of all sailing levels! Courses are open to members and non-members of ABYC.

Select courses have online registration forms that you'll find below in the course info. For all
other questions regarding course registration, call 416-698-4498 ext 221, or email admin@abyc.ca

Winter Courses – 2020

Registration is now open and spaces are limited.

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.

Summer On-The-Water: 3 days live-aboard.
Dates:Friday-Sunday, June 13-15 (Or by group arrangement)
Fee:: $700 +HST (Provisions not included)

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See the Sail Canada
Intermediate Cruising Standard

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!

This is a special interest single weekend course that teaches the following components of the Sail Canada Celestial Navigation standard:

  • The sextant and how to use it
  • Sun and noon sights (additionally the moon, planets and stars as time permits)
  • Hands on sights with either the sun or a false horizon
  • Sight reductions

There is no final certification for this course.

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See the Sail Canada Celestial Navigation Standard

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
17.5-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.
This course is a prerequisite for Intermediate Navigation and Intermediate Cruising.

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See the Sail Canada Basic Coastal Navigation Standards

Instructor: Diane Reid
Prerequisite: Basic Navigation

Intermediate Navigation is the next step after
Basic Navigation. Here is where you really get to build your pilotage skills in this 21 hour course. You will never
look at passage plans and running fixes the same way again! Don’t have Basic Navigation certification but do have
lots of experience? Let us know and we will help you decide if this course is for you.

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See the Sail Canada Intermediate Coastal Navigation Standards

Instructor: Kurt Wege

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).

See the Maritime Radio Restricted Operators Course Content
NOTE: If possible, students should pick up their textbook at the ABYC office before the first
class.

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Instructor: Diane Reid & Jamie Gordon
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.

Note: A portion of the course held at a local pool.
Registration is through Ontario Sailing, not ABYC’s Office.

To Register Call 1-888-672-7245 or Register Online

See the Sail Canada Offshore Personal Survival Course Page


Summer Courses – 2020

Select summer courses are open for registration!
Spaces in these programs are limited.

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

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  • Includes
    • Sail Canada textbook
    • Logbook and Sail Canada seal

See the Sail Canada Start Keelboat Sailing Standard

START KEELBOAT SAILING SCHEDULE 2020

COURSE NUMBER DAYS DATES TIME
SKS N1 Tuesday & Thursday May 12-28 6-9 pm
SKS N2 Monday & Wednesday June 22-July 8 6-9 pm
SKS WE1 Saturday & Sunday May 16 & 17 9 am- 6pm
SKS WE2 Saturday & Sunday May 30 & 31 9 am- 6pm
SKS WD1 Monday – Wednesday June 1-3 9:30am-3:30pm

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 prerequisites 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 class schedule below), provide both off and 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 32 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
  • 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, anchoring and docking, rules of the road.

  • The Basic Cruising Certificate is a proof of competency in Canada. Proof of Competency is required by law if you
    are the person in charge of the boat. Therefore, students who successfully complete the Basic Cruising Certificate
    will not require a their Pleasure Craft Operator’s Card.
  • Students have the option of writing the Toronto Harbour Licence test 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

Introductory Coop Program To keep you sailing!

Successful graduates of the Basic Cruising Course are invited to join the ABYC Co-op Program at a low introductory
rate to continue their sailing adventures and fine-tune their sailing skills in the summer they graduate. Spots are
limited and interest in the introductory coop program should be submitted upon registering for this course. See the
Introductory Coop Registration form for details. You will not be charged until you have completed Basic Cruising and confirm your
interest, should there be spots remaining.

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See the Sail Canada Basic Cruising Standard

Weeknights 6:00pm – 9:00pm
Days indicated are for on-the-water portion. Each weeknight course also requires Friday theory class.
Course No. Days Start End Theory
N1 Mon./Wed. May 11 May 27 Classes: Fridays, 6:00 – 9:00 pm May 15-24 Exam: May 29
N2 Mon./Wed. June 1 June 17 Classes: Fridays, 6:00 – 9:00 pm June 5 , 12 Exam: June 19
N3 Tues./Thurs. June 2 June 18 Classes: Fridays, 6:00 – 9:00 pm June 5 , 12 Exam: June 19
N4 Tues./Thurs. June 23 July 9 Classes: Fridays, 6:00 – 9:00 pm June 26, July 3 Exam: July 10
N5 Mon./Wed. July 13 July 29 Classes: Fridays, 6:00 – 9:00 pm July 17 , 24 Exam: July 31
N6 Tues./Thurs. July 14 July 30 Classes: Fridays, 6:00 – 9:00 pm July 17, 24 Exam: July 31
Weekends 9:00am – 3:30pm
Theory Included.
Course No. Days Start End
WE1 Sat./Sun. May 16 May 24
WE2 Sat./Sun. May 30 June 7
WE3 Sat./Sun. June 13 June 24
WE4 Sat./Sun. June 27 July 5
WE5 Sat./Sun. July 11 July 19
WE6 Sat./Sun. July 25 Aug 2
Weekdays 9:30am – 3:00pm
Theory Included.
Course No. Days Start End
WD1 Mon.-Fri. May 18 May 22
WD2 Mon.-Fri. May 25 May 29
WD3 Mon.-Fri. June 8 June 12
WD4 Mon.-Fri. June 15 June 19
WD5 Mon.-Fri. June 22 June 26
WD6 Mon.-Fri. June 29 July 3
WD7 Mon.-Fri. July 20 July 24

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 years before…).
See the Sail Canada Basic Cruising Standard

Designed for those who complete the Basic Cruising course in 2020. 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!
See the Sail Canada Basic Cruising Standard

Prerequisite: 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. Food is not
included.

See the Sail Canada
Intermediate Cruising Standard
Includes Ontario Sailing Seal.

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).

See the Maritime Radio Restricted Operators Course Content

NOTE: If possible, students should pick up their textbook at the ABYC office before the first
class.

Toronto Sailing at Ashbridges Bay

About

Sailors are introduced to the sport and learn the fundamentals while sailing in 420s; these 14-foot
instructional sailboats are responsive, fast, exciting and a great work-out. Either course is great for solo sailors,
couples, friends, and family members alike. If you’re a keelboat sailor looking to improve your knowledge, a
graduate of our junior sailing program, or a parent of a sailing school attendee who wants in on the action, reserve
your spot now! If you are unsure of your skill level or have any general questions regarding the programs please do
not hesitate to contact our sailing school director (sailingschooldirector@abyc.ca).
This program is welcome to non-members too!

Beginner

This adult course will concentrate on the nationally recognized CANSail 1
& 2 program (previously White Sail I, II, & III). This is a basic sailing course for new sailors or those who
wish to continue gaining knowledge and experience. You will learn the basic elements of sailing theory (parts of the
boat, points of sail, etc.) and on-water skills (safety, crewing, steering, and seamanship). With an experienced Sail
Canada CANSail instructor as your coach, you will master the skills and knowledge required to safely sail a dinghy in
moderate wind and sea conditions.
2020 Sessions Evening Courses: We will be offering two sessions for this course, both two nights a
week for four consecutive weeks, from 6-9 pm on Tuesday and Thursday nights. Session 1 – June 11 – July 4, Session 2 –
July 16 – August 8. Weekend Course: We will be offering one session of this course. It will occur on Saturday and
Sunday for two consecutive weekends 10am-4pm. Additional weekend sessions may be offered with sufficient demand.
Session runs June 8 – June 16.

Intermediate

This adult course will concentrate on expanding skills developed in our
beginner course, and is also suitable for those with some prior sailing experience. The course will focus on
intermediate level skills in Club 420s as well as an introductory session in singlehanded lasers, providing an
introduction to ABYCs coop dinghy program. Intermediate sailors are welcome in all of our other adult dinghy sessions
as well. Instructors are certified to teach up to CANSail 3 & 4.
2020Session We will be offering one session of this course, two nights a week for four consecutive
weeks, from 6-9 pm on Tuesday and Thursday nights. Session runs June 11 – July 4
Register Now >


Youth Keelboat
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:

Students may register for one or both weeks.

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.
Exam Date for Certificates: Friday, August 3, from 6-9pm
Additional fee for materials and certificate costs: $130 + HST to be paid in advance. See form for
details.
We are now accepting registration – spaces are limited!
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ABYC is a Sail Canada and Transport Canada certified recreational boating school.

Youth Learn to Sail Optimist Racing Toronto

Psst Moms, Dads…

Have kids that would enjoy getting out on the water, learning new skills, and making new friends?
Check out our range of dinghy and keelboat junior and youth programs.
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