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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Now
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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Now
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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Now
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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Now

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
SKSN Tuesday & Thursday Aug 4-20 5-8 pm

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

Students who complete the Basic Cruising course in 2020 will be given a reduced fee for the Keelboat Coop program in Summer 2021. Please see the website for the details of that program. Contact Roxanne for details. Fees are not yet set for next year.

Register Now
See the Sail Canada Basic Cruising Standard

Weeknights 5:00pm – 8:00pm
Days indicated are for on-the-water portion. Each weeknight course also requires a theory class on Tue Aug 4 and Thu Aug 13 via Skype


Course No. Days Start End Theory
BN Mon./Wed. Aug 3 May 19
  • Classes: 5-8pm
  • Theory: Tue Aug 4 and Thu Aug 13 via Skype
  • Test: Aug 20 in person. 6:30-9:30pm
Weekends 9:00am – 4:00pm
Theory Included.


Course No. Days Start End
BWE Sat./Sun. Aug 15 Aug 23
Weekdays 9:30am – 3:00pm
Theory Included.


Course No. Days Start End
BWD1 Mon.-Fri. Aug 10 Aug 14
BWD2 Mon.-Fri. Aug 24 Aug 28

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, Intermediate Cruising and Basic Keelboat Instructor certification.
See the Sail Canada Basic Coastal Navigation Standards

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.


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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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