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NYC hosts a variety of licencing courses, race seminars, workshops and general nautical courses year-round. Some of these courses are open to the public. See below for course details.

To register for any of these courses, please fill out our General Course Registration Form and submit completed form to programs@thenyc.com, fax to 416-260-8780 or drop off at the club office.

Marine Radio Course with DSC - ROC(M) Certification

Open to Non-Members
Provided by the Toronto Canadian Power and Sail Squadron exclusively for National Yacht Club

Learn emergency radio procedures and everyday operating techniques. Course content covers 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).

Registration includes course textbook, textbook, in person review session and examination for the Restricted Operator Certificate (Maritime) with DSC Endorsement. Independent study is required prior to the course date and examination times will be organized between the course instructor and participant after registration.

Successful participants will receive their ROC(M) Licence, which is a lifelong certification and a requirement for all those using a VHF radio. This course also can be taken to upgrade your licence to include DSC endorsement.

To operate a maritime radio, you need the certificate. It’s the law!

*PLEASE NOTE - Pre-Study Required*

Course Date & Time:
Sunday, June 26. 2022 from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM

Course Fee:

NYC Members – $135 + HST
Non-Members – $190 + HST


Registration Deadline - Wednesday, June 8th, 2022 @ 4:00 PM

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Marine Basic First Aid *Blended Online & In-Person Course*

Open to Non-Members
Be prepared for emergencies ashore or afloat! Refresh your first aid knowledge prior to the season, register today for the Blended Marine Basic First Aid Course hosted by NYC.

Taught by a certified Red Cross First Aid Instructor this course meets all the standards and requirements of Transport Canada outlined in Transport publication (TP) 13008 E. This is a comprehensive 16 hour course, with 7-8 hours of online training, and two 4-hour in-person training sessions which allows the participant to earn a rating certificate or endorsement, Master or Chief Mate limited certification, provide first aid on board a vessel engaged on a near-costal voyage, class 2, or sheltered waters.

Course Content:
  • Angina and Heart Attack
  • Stroke
  • CPR/AED
  • Compression-Only CPR
  • Life-threatening External Bleeding
  • Life-threatening Internal Bleeding
  • Wound Care Head and Spine Injuries
  • Bone, Muscle, and Joint Injuries
  • Sudden Medical Emergencies
  • Environmental Emergencies
  • Poisons
  • Correct use of protective equipment (PPE), including donning and doffing a medical gown, mask, protective eyewear and gloves
Upon successful completion*, participants will receive a 3-year certification in Red Cross Basic Marine First Aid.

Course Date & Time:
Online Component - must be completed in advance of in-person session
In Person Component - Saturday and Sunday, June 11 & 12. 2022 from 12:00 PM to 4:00 PM

Course Fee:

NYC Members – $120 + HST
Non-Members – $150 + HST


Registration Deadline - Monday, May 30, 2022 @ 4:00 PM

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*Students must attend 100% of the course and score at least 75% on the multiple choice knowledge test to be successful.


Marine Composites & Gelcoat Repair Seminar - Part 1 *Online Course*

Open to Non-Members
Learn about marine composites and how they are used in this online seminar series with Geoff Wright of Blue Water Marine Services. Participants will develop a basic working knowledge of different materials, tools and repair techniques and how to use them safely.

Course Content:
Session 1 - Materials and Construction:
  • What are composite materials?
  • Fiberglass / Aramid (aka Kevlar®) / Carbon Fiber
  • Different types of fiberglass cloths. How to choose?
  • Resin systems: Polyester versus Vinylester versus Epoxy.  How to choose?
  • Fillers
  • Tools needed
  • Gelcoat and Colour Matching
  • Core materials
Session 2 - Health and Safety
  • What is the risk to your eyes, nose, mouth and skin?
  • What is the minimum necessary personal protective gear?
  • Safe handling and storage of materials
  • Why Material Safety Data Sheets?
  • What could possibly go wrong?
Session 3 - Repair Techniques
  • Selecting the right material for the repair.
  • Preparation for your repair.
  • “Dings” (aka dock damage)
  • Gelcoat colour matching
  • Filling holes
  • Hand-layup of fiberglasss
COMING SOON! PART 2 – HANDS-ON WORKSHOP
A practical workshop will be offered this spring. Part 1 theoretical component will be required for participation in Part 2.

Course Date & Time:
Tuesday, May 10, 17 & 24. 2022 from 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM

Course Fee:

NYC Members – $85 + HST
Non-Members – $120 + HST


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Sail Canada Basic Coastal Navigation Course *Online Course*

Open to Non-Members
Taught in a new online format by returning instructor Jeff Cassidy, in this 5-week course taught on the Zoom platform you'll learn the basics of navigation theory including – the role of the navigator, how to read charts, basic plotting and position determination methods, how to use a compass and GPS, techniques that support planning and safe passage making and more.

Upon successful completion of this course you will be awarded Sail Canada’s Basic Coastal Navigation Standard. This course is a pre-requisite for the Intermediate Coastal Navigation Course. This level is also appropriate for those looking to challenge the ICC (International Certificate of Competency) test required for cruising in Europe.

Included in Course Fee:
Practice chart, printed copy of worksheets and tables, electronic course notes as well as a PDF of Canadian Chart 1.
If you would prefer printed materials provided please see below for optional add-ons.

Students Must Provide:
Pencil, eraser, note paper, parallel ruler* or Portland plotter* and dividers*.
Clear workspace: recommend 4’ wide x 3’ deep for spreading out full chart.
A computer with Zoom installed (phone/tablet not recommended due to small screen size; Zoom is free to download and sign up)

Optional Add-ons:
Binder of printed course notes - $25 + HST
Fancy 7" brass dividers - $35 + HST
Budget 4" nickel dividers - $12 + HST
Weems & Plath #120 rolling parallel rule - $35 + HST
Please request add-ons when registering. Supply is limited.
Please note: Add-ons are only available for pick up from Club.
*available at Genco, binnacle.ca, Nautical Mind

Course Date & Time:
Tuesdays & Thursdays from 6:00-8:00 PM
January 25, 27, February 1, 3, 8 ,10, 15, 17, 22 & 24, 2022
*REGISTRATION DEADLINE - Tuesday, January 18, 2022

Course Fee:

NYC Members – $290 + HST
Non-Members – $460 + HST
plus shipping if requested


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Sail Canada Intermediate Coastal Navigation Course *Online*

Open to Non-Members
Building on the information covered in the Basic Coastal Navigation Course, in this intermediate level you’ll learn how to safely plan and execute a long continuous passage including night sailing in unfamiliar coastal or inland waters, in all conditions of visibility, with or without electronic aids.

Taught on Zoom by returning instructor Jeff Cassidy, this 5-week course focuses on near shore navigation and covers position determination methods using non-electronic means, methods for dealing with current and leeway, determination of intermediate tidal heights and the impact that the Collision Regulations may have on navigational practice.
A prerequisite for this course is the Sail Canada Basic Coastal Navigation certification. The standard emphasizes the navigational skills at a level appropriate for bare boat chartering and for extended cruises in coastal waters.

Included in course fee:
Practice chart, printed copy of worksheets and tables, electronic course notes as well as a PDF of Canadian Chart 1.
If you would prefer printed materials provided please see below for optional add-ons.

Students must provide: 
Pencil, eraser, note paper, parallel ruler* or Portland plotter* and dividers*.
Clear workspace: recommend 4’ wide x 3’ deep for spreading out full chart.
A computer with Zoom installed (phone/tablet not recommended due to small screen size; Zoom is free to download and sign up)

Course Date & Time:
Coming in winter 2023!

Course Fee:

NYC Members – Fees TBA
Non-Members
 Fees TBA