Basic Cruising Course

No Prerequisites Required

Learn the basics of crewing and helming a keelboat in our 28-hour comprehensive course, designed to build comfort and introduce key concepts to first-time sailors. In the Basic Cruising Course you will develop basic boating skills including - terminology, docking, basic maneuvering, responding to emergency situations and more! The goal of this course is for participants to learn how to cruise safely in moderate wind and sea conditions by day. 

Our course is taught on our Club-owned 25-foot Catalina 'Away' . Our class sizes will be limited to a maximum of 3 students per instructor. This format allows for increased one-on-one time with your instructor and more direct boat handling time for each student.

COVID-19 Policy: Please note that all participants must be fully vaccinated with an approved COVID-19 vaccine to participate. Proof of full vaccination with enhanced QR code must be submitted with registration form in order to be processed.

Basic Cruising Course materials included. Upon successful completion you will be awarded Sail Canada’s Basic Cruising Standard or the Basic Crew Standard

2022 Course Schedule:
Session 1 - Saturday & Sunday - 9 AM to 5 PM - May 21, 22, 28 & 29, 2022 *FULL! Waitlist Available*
Session 2 - Saturday & Sunday - 9 AM to 5 PM - June 4, 5, 11 & 12, 2022 *FULL! Waitlist Available*
Session 3 - Saturday & Sunday - 9 AM to 5 PM - June 18, 19, 25 & 26, 2022 *FULL! Waitlist Available*
Session 4 - Saturday & Sunday - 9 AM to 5 PM - July 9, 10, 16 & 17, 2022 *FULL! Waitlist Available*
Session 5 - Saturday & Sunday - 9 AM to 5 PM - July 23, 24, 30 & 31, 2022 *FULL! Waitlist Available*
Session 6 - Saturday & Sunday - 9 AM to 5 PM - August 6, 7, 13 & 14, 2022 *FULL! Waitlist Available*
Session 7 - Saturday & Sunday - 9 AM to 5 PM - August 20, 21, 27 & 28, 2022 *FULL! Waitlist Available*
Session 8 - Saturday & Sunday - 9 AM to 5 PM - September 10, 11, 17 & 18, 2022 *FULL! Waitlist Available*

Course Fee:
NYC Member Rate - $700 + HST
Non-Member Rate - $975 + HST


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To inquire about 2022 programming please email programs@thenyc.com or call 416-260-8686 ext 32.

Membership is highly recommended to put your sailing skills into practice! Our Introductory Crew Membership is the perfect choice for those who are new to the Club and don't own a boat! Find out more about membership.