Many accredited sailing schools offer cruising courses. From introduction to sailing, to advanced cruising, each person can find the right experience. 

Cruising Standards

To learn how to sail a keelboat, sailors pursue the following Cruising Standards: 

Introduction to Boating

Course Objectives:

This standard may be taught in a sailing vessel or a powerboat. Expect the vessel to be less than 12 meters in length.

Basic Crew Standard

Upon successful completion of this course, you will be able to: 

Basic Cruising Standard

Upon successful completion of this course, you will be able to: 

Intermediate Crew Standard

Upon successful completion of this course, you will be able to: 

Intermediate Cruising Standard

Upon successful completion of this course, you will be able to: 

This standard allows the rental of sailboats without a captain in coastal waters. 

Advanced Crew Standard

Upon successful completion of this course, you will be able to: 

Advanced Cruising Standard

Upon successful completion of this course, you will be able to: 

Offshore Standard

Upon successful completion of this course, you will be able to: 

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Navigation Standards

Coastal Navigation Standard

Upon successful completion of this course, you will be able to: 

These concepts are introduced in the Intermediate Cruising and Power Standards. The practical application of this standard is completed and evaluated in the Advanced Cruising Standard.

Advanced Navigation Standard

Upon successful completion of this course, you will be able to: 

This standard is comprised of four (4) modules to be taught and evaluated independently. To be awarded the standard the student must complete all the modules. There is no time limit for this to be completed nor is there a required sequence.

Celestial Navigation Standard

Upon successful completion of this course, you will be able to: 

The practical application of this course is completed as part of the Offshore Cruising Standard.

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Cruising Instructor Standards

Certification Process

Prerequisites

 

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For more information on the standards above, please visit Sail Canada .