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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, fax to 416-260-8780 or drop off at the club office.

Basic Coastal Navigation

Open to Non-Members
Sign up for our 5-day Sail Canada certified course. You'll learn the basics of navigation theory - no prior experience or knowledge required.

Topics include: 
- role of the navigator
- how to read charts
- basic plotting and position determination methods
- how to use a compass and GPS
- techniques for planning and safe passage making
Upon successful completion of this course you will be awarded Sail Canada's Basic Coastal Navigation Standard.

Course Date & Time:

Sundays, November 3, 10, 17, 24 - exam December 1

Course Fee:

NYC Members – $210 + HST
Non-Members – $305 + HST

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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

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).

All mariners, including recreational boaters, will want to take advantage of the many features and capabilities of this innovative form “automatic” radio. Secure your lifeline. Be sure that you and your family take the Maritime Radio course.

This course which includes the Maritime Radio Course textbook, will prepare you for the Restricted Operator Certificate (Maritime) with DSC Endorsement exam which is taken in the afternoon. 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!

Some reading and memorization is required prior to the course.
Course Date & Time:

2019 Dates TBA

Course Fee:

NYC Members – TBA
Non-Members – TBA

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Toronto Power Vessel Operators Permit (Harbour License)

Open to Non-Members
The Practices and Procedures of the Toronto Port Authority state that a person operating a power driven vessel in the waters of the Port and Harbour of Toronto must be in possession of valid marine certification recognized by Transport Canada and the Toronto Port Authority.

The Toronto Port Authority Operators Permit for Power Driven Vessels is a one-evening course involving an on-water test followed by in-class instruction and a written test. The National Yacht Club provides a 16-foot powerboat for the use of students during their on-water examination.
Course Dates & Times:

2019 Dates TBA

Course Fee:

NYC Members – TBA
Non-Members – TBA

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Spring Race Seminar Series 

Open to Non-Members
Back by popular demand and with a brand NEW line-up! Prepare for a season of sailing fast in our 4-PART racing seminar series.

With guest instructors covering a range of relevant racing topics you are sure to pick up a few pro tips before the season.

#1 – Starting Strategies
Thursday, March 28 – 6:30 PM

Martha Henderson, former Olympic sailor and active race committee organizer, will present strategies and tactics for getting off the start line cleanly.

#2 – Down Wind Sail Trim
Thursday, April 4 – 6:30 PM

Geoff Moore of North Sails will walk us through ideal sail trim on the down wind leg. Covering both symmetrical and asymmetrical spinnaker trim and sail controls.

#3 – Mark Rounding Rules
Thursday, April 11 – 6:30 PM

Pat Healy, former Olympic coach and international judge, will discuss the rules you need to know to round the cans and avoid the protest room. Plus how to use mark rounding rules tactically.

#4 – Down Wind Strategy & Tactics
Thursday, April 18 – 6:30 PM

Learn how to set up a winning strategy for the down wind leg with high performance coach Chris Watters. Including how to maneuver for tactical advantage while running or reaching downwind.
Course Fee:

NYC Members – $20 + HST per session OR ALL 4 Sessions for $60 + HST
Non-Members – $30 + HST per session OR ALL 4 Session for $90 + HST

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