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General Education

Marine Diesel Engine Operation & Care

Open to Non-Members

During five consecutive Tuesday night sessions James Khudoo Certified Marine Diesel Mechanic and Humber College Diesel Program Instructor for 24 years, will conduct a Diesel Engine Operation and Care series at National Yacht Club.

The course is designed to provide a general level of ‘do-it-yourself’ skill and knowledge, enabling diesel engine owners to perform their own routine maintenance. With a specialized exhibit engine on site there is a strong focus on practical application. Each session will cover an engine system, outlined below.

Week 1 – Fuel: Keeping it clean and flowing. Bleeding injectors. Maximizing fuel economy.

Week 2 – Oil: What to buy. How to keep it clean. When and how to change and recycle it yourself.

Week 3 – Batteries: Types. Monitoring. Maintaining. Prolonging their life cycle.

Week 4 – Troubleshooting: pumps, impellers, belts.

Week 5 - Last class: Winterizing your engine.

Course fee includes reference book AND 30-minute one-on-one with your engine!

  • Text 'Troubleshooting Marine Diesels' from The International Marine Sailboat Library by Peter Compton
  • Sign-up for your 30-minute engine consultation with James during the course
Schedule:
  • Tuesdays 6:30 to 9:00 PM, September 26, October 3, 10, 17 & 24, 2017
Fee:
  • $349 + HST
Registration:
  • 2018 REGISTRATION CLOSED

Questions?: Call Programs & Marketing Coordinator Amelia Leeksma at 416-260-8686 ext 32.


Basic Coastal Navigation

*Sail Canada Certified Course Optional*

Open to Non-Members

This standard emphasizes skills at the level of cruising by day in unfamiliar waters, suitable for bareboat chartering or a trip beyond home waters in the Great Lakes. It covers reading charts, plotting courses and distances, using nautical publications, trip planning, using the compass and GPS, buoyage systems, and basics of tides and currents.

The skill level is appropriate for those looking to challenge the ICC (International Certificate of Competency) test required for cruising in Europe.

Certification (via written test) is optional. Students may take just the 3-night navigation workshop, or add on additional time for review and testing to receive the new Sail Canada Basic Coastal Navigation Standard. Completion of the test is now required prior to taking the Sail Canada Intermediate Cruising afloat course.

Students need to bring: pencil, eraser, pen, note paper, parallel ruler* or Portland plotter*, dividers* and Chart 1* (some available for purchase from instructor for $6). Practice charts and notes will be provided. $5 discount if you would like to go paper-less and receive e-notes (please make a note on your registration form).

* available at Genco, binnacle.ca, Nautical Mind

Course Schedule:
  • Thursdays, February 1, 8 & 15, 2018 - 6:30 PM to 9:30 PM
  • plus March 1 & 8, 2018 for Certification Course
Fee:
  • 3-Night Workshop - $150 + HST
  • 5-Night Certified Course - $210 + HST
Registration:
  • 2018 REGISTRATION CLOSED

Questions?: Call Programs & Marketing Coordinator Amelia Leeksma at 416-260-8686 ext 32.


Celestial Navigation

Open to Non-Members
Leave your GPS behind and get a basic understanding of Celestial Navigation through history, theory and practical application of real sights and sight reductions through worksheets and plotting. During this weekend course you'll learn how to determine position or fix using celestial bodies. This course focuses on sun sights and you'll get hands-on experience taking sights and plotting. Course Topics Include:
  • Why Celestial Navigation?
  • Brief History of Celestial Navigation
  • Theory and Background on How it Works
  • The Sextant – How to Use it
  • Sun and Noon Sights
  • Taking Actual Sun Sights
  • Sight Reductions
  • How to Take Sights on a Boat
  • Other Sights – Moon, Planets and Stars
Students need to bring: pencil, eraser, pen, note paper, protractor, ruler, parallel ruler* or Portland plotter*, dividers* You may also purchase the recommended text book 'Celestial Navigation'  by Tom Cunliffe for an additional $20 + HST. If you are interested in this optional purchase please make a note on your registration. * available at Genco, binnacle.ca, Nautical Mind
Course Schedule:
  • Saturday & Sunday, February 24 & 25, 2018 - 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Fee:
  • $125 + HST
Registration:
  • 2018 REGISTRATION CLOSED

Questions?: Call Programs & Marketing Coordinator Amelia Leeksma at 416-260-8686 ext 32.


Introduction to Splicing

Open to Non-Members
Learn how to double-braid splice with hands-on training at our one-night splicing workshop with Cam Copeland, Rigging Specialist at Fogh Marine. Registration includes a splicing kit complete with a 3/8” splicing fid, 10’ polyester double braid, sail makers needle, whipping twine and more.
Course Date:
  • Thursday, February 22, 2018 - 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Fee:
  • $30 + HST
Registration:
  • 2018 REGISTRATION CLOSED

Questions?: Call Programs & Marketing Coordinator Amelia Leeksma at 416-260-8686 ext 32.


Anchoring Seminar

Learn some great anchoring tips from NYC members and world-wide cruisers Tim Sweet and Magda Warczok at our one-night free seminar. They will take you through the dos and don'ts of anchoring as learned firsthand while sailing around the world on their boat Belafonte. If you are new to boating, planning on doing more cruising or just want a little insight into anchoring, sign up with the registration form below. Space is limited!
Course Date:
  • Thursday, March 22, 2018 - 6:30 PM
Fee:
  • FREE!
Registration:
  • 2018 REGISTRATION CLOSED
Questions?: Call Programs & Marketing Coordinator Amelia Leeksma at 416-260-8686 ext 32.

Rigging Seminar

Spring is here and that means it’s time to get your boat ready for launch! Great for cruisers and racers alike. Thomas Fogh will teach practical tips for preparing your boat for the season. Topics Include:
  • Inspecting & Tuning Your Mast
  • Checking Your Sails
  • Reviewing Your Hardware & Rigging
Course Date:
  • Thursday, April 5, 2018 - 6:30 PM
Fee:
  • $20 + HST
Registration:
  • 2018 REGISTRATION CLOSED
Please click on the link above and fill out the registration form. Completed forms can be dropped off at the Club Office, faxed to 416-260-8780 or emailed to programs@thenyc.com. Questions?: Call Programs & Marketing Coordinator Amelia Leeksma at 416-260-8686 ext 32.

Standard First Aid & CPR for Boaters

Open to Non-Members
Level C - Adult, Child, Infant emergencies Be prepared for medical emergencies afloat, at work or at home by taking this Red Cross Standard First Aid course! This comprehensive two-day course covers cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) as well as automated external defibrillator (AED) training and treatment and prevention for various other possible injuries. To keep the course relevant to you, all emergency situations discussed during the course will be boater related. Course Schedule:
  • 2018 Dates TBA
Fee:
  • 2018 Rate TBA
Registration: