Adult Programs – 2022

 

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 – 2022

This is the Sail Canada theory portion of the Intermediate Cruising course for sailors. The course will help you figure out the systems on your boat before your next trip! It is also a great primer if you ever choose to take the Intermediate Cruising Course. It will cover the following topics:

  • Operations of your marine head and plumbing
  • Operations of your stove, furnace and their fuels
  • How to manage seasickness
  • Spare tools and parts
  • Very Basic engine maintenance and impeller replacement
  • Clearing in and out of the US or other foreign ports
  • Tips and tricks for battery power management
  • Emergency actions when things go wrong
  • How to calculate your ETA and Course

There are no pre requisites for this course. New boat owners or veteran boat owners are all welcome.
At the end of the course, if you wish to write the test, and achieve 70% or better, you will earn a Sail Canada Log book and have completed the theoretical portion of Intermediate Cruising Standard. You will be eligible to take the on-the-water portion of the course.
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See the Sail Canada Intermediate Cruising Standard

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!
Module 1 is a special interest standalone single weekend course that teaches the following components of the Sail Canada Celestial Navigation standard, and can be combined with Module 2 if more fun and full certification is desired:

  • Celestial Navigation basics and theory
  • The sextant and how to use it
  • How to use the Nautical Almanac and the Sight Reduction Tables
  • Sun and Noon sights
  • Hands on Sextant sights with the Sun or through an artificial horizon
  • Sight reduction problems and plotting

No certification is granted on completion of Module 1.
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See the Sail Canada
Celestial Navigation Standard

Take your celestial navigation skills to the next level with this continuation and sequel to Celestial Navigation – Module I. Skills taught will include:

  • Twilight and Star Plans
  • Stars, Planets and Polaris sight reduction problems and plotting
  • Pointer Star patterns
  • Other practical methods
  • More Hands on Sextant sights with the Sun or through an artificial horizon

Full Sail Canada course certification will be granted on completion of this Module II, an exam to be written at a later date, and completion of an on-the-water practical assignment.
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Now
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Celestial Navigation Standard

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 21-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

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
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Intermediate Coastal Navigation Standards

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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Sailors are always checking the weather forecast. But the ability to understand the weather where you are, where you are going, and how it will impact you on your trip can be very helpful. This 2-day weather seminar will give you the basic knowledge about what generates weather globally and locally, and a bit of the science behind it. You will also learn which weather observations to record and how to interpret your recordings to determine what weather is coming your way.

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Summer Courses – 2022

Coming Soon!

Summer Courses – 2021

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 2021

COURSE NUMBER DAYS DATES TIME
SKS N1 CANCELLED Tuesday & Thursday May 11-27 6-9pm
SKS N2 Monday & Wednesday June 21-July 7 6-9pm
SKS WE1 CANCELLED Saturday & Sunday May 15 & 16 9am-6pm
SKS WE2 CANCELLED Saturday & Sunday June 5-6 9am-6pm
SKS WE3 Saturday & Sunday Aug 7-8 9am-6pm
SKS WE4 Saturday & Sunday Aug 21-22 9am-6pm
SKS WD1 CANCELLED Monday – Wednesday May 31, June 1-2 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 in the summer they graduate.
Spots in the Introductory Coop Program are limited. If you are interested in joining you should submit your registration request when you apply for the Basic Cruising course. You will be linked to the Introductory Coop registration form at the end of your Basic Cruising application. If you do not successfully complete the Basic Cruising course, your application for Introductory Coop will not be processed.
Should you wish to apply at a later date (after you submit your Basic Cruising application), please contact Roxanne at admin@abyc.ca for instructions. However, please note that priority is given in order of application.
Applicants will not be charged until they have completed Basic Cruising, confirmed their interest, and it has been determined that there is an available spot.
See the Sail Canada Basic Cruising Standard
Register Now for the Basic Cruising

Weeknights 6:00pm – 8:00pm

PLEASE NOTE: The dates for the theory classes for evening Basic Cruising courses have changed.

Days indicated are for on-the-water portion. Each weeknight course also requires theory classes via Zoom
Course No. On the water Days Start End Time: 6:00 – 9:00 pm Theory classes are via Zoom, Exam is in person
N1 CANCELLED Mon./Wed. May 10 May 26 Theory Tu May 18 & Th May 20, Exam Fri May 28
N2 CANCELLED Mon./Wed. May 31 June 16 Theory Tu May 25 & Th May 27, Exam Fri, Jun 18
N3 CANCELLED Tues./Thurs. June 1 June 17 Theory Tu May 25 & Th May 27, Exam Fri, Jun 18
N4 Tues./Thurs. June 22 July 8 Theory Wed June 23 & 30, Exam Fri July 9
N5 Mon./Wed. July 12 July 28 Theory Tu Jul 6 & Th Jul 8; Exam Fri Jul 30
N6 Tues./Thurs. July 13 July 29 Theory Tu Jul 6 & Th Jul 8; Exam Fri Jul 30
Weekends 9:00am – 4:00pm
Theory Included.
Course No. Days Start End
WE1 CANCELLED Sat./Sun. May 15 May 23
WE2 CANCELLED Sat./Sun. May 29 June 6
WE3 CANCELLED Sat./Sun. June 12 June 20
WE4 Sat./Sun. June 26 July 4
WE5 Sat./Sun. July 10 July 18
WE6 Sat./Sun. July 24 Aug 1
Weekdays 9:30am – 3:00pm
Theory Included.
Course No. Days Start End
WD1 CANCELLED Mon.-Fri. May 17 May 21
WD2 CANCELLED Mon.-Fri. May 24 May 28
WD3 Mon.-Fri. June 7 June 11
WD4 Mon.-Fri. June 14 June 18
WD5 Mon.-Fri. June 21 June 25
WD6 Mon.-Fri. June 28 July 2
WD7 Mon.-Fri. July 19 July 23
WD8 Mon.-Fri. July 26 July 30
WD9 Mon.-Fri. August 2 August 6

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

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Designed for those who complete the Basic Cruising course in 2021. 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
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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 four 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.
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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 firstclass.
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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 Basic Cruising certificate to be arranged
Additional fee for materials and certificate costs: $130 + HST to be paid in advance. See form for
details.
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Power Vessel Operator Permit (PVOP)
(Commonly known as the “harbour license”)
The Power Vessel Operator Permit is required by law if your home port is within the Toronto Harbour limits.
ABYC is well within the harbour limits.

Renewing an expired PVOP: You can either pay for each year of expiry to renew, or do the course again.
Obtaining a PVOP: There is both a practical and a written component of the test.
ABYC will be hosting two PVOP training and testing sessions this summer. Training will include two hours of theory teaching via zoom and one hour for the on water and written test. You will be tested in a club runabout with an outboard engine.
For more details of the PVOP, see the link Powered Vessel Operator Permit
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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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