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Sailing Courses

** All lessons will be taught to Canadian Yachting Association standards **
** Textbooks for each course are provided by the school **
** Courses fill up fast, book early to avoid missing the boat ! **

Introduction To Sailing

Just $145 per person + HST (skipper gratuities not included)



Every new adventure needs a starting point.

For those new to sailing this is it! ** NEW **

The 4-hour course will focus on the pure joy of sailing from an experienced CYA instructor's point of view with 90% of your time spent on the boat out sailing! Topics will include basic sailing theory (demostrated on-water), knot tying, docking, helm control, basic engine handling, weather, reading the wind, rules of the road, basic sailing skills, and rigging and de-rigging.

Courses will be run Saturdays and Sundays 10am-2pm

- Lifejackets will be provided
- Minimum of 2 students per course

* Low student to boat/instructor ratios of 4:1, for more personalized instruction! *

Course Cost: $ 145.00 (plus HST)

Saturday 10am-2pm LocationSpots Remaining
October - 4th Whitby Yacht Club  Book  
October - 11th Whitby Yacht Club  Book  
Sunday 10am-2pm LocationSpots Remaining
October - 5th Whitby Yacht Club  Book  
October - 12th Whitby Yacht Club  Book  

2014 Sail Canada Basic Sailing ( Sailing Licence )



The most comprehensive program we offer is the Basic Sailing program. It doesn't matter if you have never stepped on a sailboat in your life or are a novice that would like to brush up on thier skills. If you would like to truly "learn how to sail" then this is the program you'll need!
Most of your training (approx 75%) will be on-board one of our stable and modern 22 foot sail-training boats. We call this the "Standard" program as you will be training aboard a 22 foot traditionally rigged boat with an outboard engine, and a tiller helm. Just like learning standard in a car it's important to know the basics of smaller keel boat handling.
Upon completion of the course you will have The Basic Cruising Standard, a CYA program that is accepted coast to coast, and also internationally. During the program you will learn about weather, chart reading, docking, knot tying, anchoring, emergency maneuvers, and of course sailing skills! All of our instructors have extensive training and experience. Once finished you will be able to take out a 20-26 foot sailboat (with an outboard and a tiller), with crew, in light to moderate conditions and bring her back safely. At Nautical Escapes we are always striving to improve our teaching methods so that you can have the most fun and rewarding experience as possible!

The Nautical Escapes Advantage

Our Basic Sailing course is the only CYA Basic Cruising Standard course, in Ontario, that is offered with up to 35hrs of instruction! We also have integrated our classroom theory with our on-water practical sessons so all learning styles can be covered and we can work with the weather that comes up on the day of your course. Some other schools and organizations will first put you on the boat in any weather, then teach the classroom sessions after you have completed your course, or ONLY teach you classroom theory.
To properly train and learn a new skill, we believe you need to have both on-water and classroom training combined with the most hours possible. We also provide free mentoring and guidance to all graduates to help them acheive thier goals.

* Courses fill up fast, book early to avoid missing the boat ! *

INCLUDES: Lessons, use of a PFD, textbook, Basic exam, PCOC test, logbook, and logbook seal.
* Courses are never cancelled do to bad weather so rain jackets/rain pants are required for each student*


*** Low student to boat/instructor ratios of 4:1, for more personalized instruction!***

Course Cost: $ 695.00 (plus HST)

WEEKENDS (Sat + Sun 9am-5pm) LocationSpots Remaining
October - 18,19,25,26 Whitby Yacht Club  Book  
November - 1,2,8,9 (last course for 2014) Whitby Yacht Club  Book  
WEEKDAYS (Mon-Fri 9am-4pm) LocationSpots Remaining
1st September course - 8,9,10,11,12 Whitby Yacht Club  Book  
2nd September course - 22,23,24,25,26 Whitby Yacht Club  Book  
1st October course - 6,7,8,9,10 Whitby Yacht Club  Book  
2nd October course - 20,21,22,23,24 Whitby Yacht Club  Book  

Sailing Experiences

Prerequisites: Basic Sailing (Basic Cruising Standard) or equivalent experience.

This course is the next step after your CYA Basic or before your Intermediate courses.

The focus of this program is practical experience that will prepare you for either boat ownership or preparing you for your bareboat cruising Sail Canada Intermediate course. Past students have expressed a desire to gain some practical sailing/cruising experience without the hassle and costs of owning their own boat. Some of the destinations we will cruise to will be Frenchmans Bay, Scarborough Bluffs, Port Darlington, the middle of Lake Ontario, and if there is interest an overnight cruise to the Toronto Islands.

All courses will be operated with an experienced Sail Canada instructor on board and will need a minimum of 2 participants

Examples of events that we will plan are;

- Docking, Anchoring, Sailing Skill practice
- Full day cruises
- Race night crew
- Sunset sails
- Night sailing & Full moon Cruises
- On water Coastal Navigation with GPS and charts
- Heavy weather sailing (subject to weather of course)
- Spinnaker Training

$145 per person per session - 4 hours each

This course is the best value on the lake for essential on-water time and with variable weather you will have a highly trained instructor always by your side.

* Courses are never cancelled do to bad weather so rain jackets/rain pants are required for each student*

*** Low student to boat/instructor ratios of 4:1, for more personalized instruction!***

Course Cost: $ 145.00 (plus HST)

Saturday 10am-2pm LocationSpots Remaining
Basic Sailing Review - October 4th Whitby Yacht Club  Book  
Basic Sailing Review - October 12th Whitby Yacht Club  Book  
Sunday 10am-2pm LocationSpots Remaining
Spinnaker Training - October 5th Whitby Yacht Club  Book  
Docking, Anchoring, Sail Trim - October 11th Whitby Yacht Club  Book  

Sail Canada Basic or Intermediate in the BVI's (7 days)

Regular Price $2800.... now only $2240 USD (20% off)


Come join us for 7 days of Live A Board cruising and learning in The British Virgin Islands. Our pricing includes all boat expenses and required taxes applicable in the islands accommodation and superb cruising aboard our fleet of yachts. Also included are 6 breakfasts, 6 lunches and 4 dinners, all texts and course materials plus superior instruction from Sail Canada certified instructors.
Whether you are a total novice or have sailed for a little while you'll find that our type of relaxed learning vacation is just what the doctor ordered. While sailing the beautiful waters surrounding the BVI's and USVI's in a modern, clean 40 foot plus yacht, you will also be treated to the best instruction available anywhere with one of our Sail Canada veteran cruising instructors.

All courses include provisions aboard, accomodations, textbook, exams and your Sail Canada certification at either the Basic or Intermediate level.

Taxes, Airfare, Transportation, and Gratuities are extra.

*** Low student to boat/instructor ratios of 5:1, for more personalized instruction!***

Contact us for further details.

info@nauticalescapes.ca

Course Cost: $ 2,240.00 (plus HST)

7 Days Saturday - Friday LocationSpots Remaining
February 2015 - Jan 31st-Feb 6th (BOAT #1) British Virgin Islands  Book  
February 2015 - Jan 31st- Feb 6th (BOAT# 2) British Virgin Islands  Book  
February 2015 - 7th-13th (BOAT #1) British Virgin Islands  Book  
February 2015 - 7th-13th (BOAT #2) British Virgin Islands  Book  

$95 Gift Certificate

The perfect gift for those on your list this season!

This is also how Basic graduates can purchase a block of 3 hours of Practical Sailing Time

* Note. Course dates can be determined at a later with the recipient

Course Cost: $ 95.00 (plus HST)

Flexible LocationSpots Remaining
$95 Gift Certificate - That can be use for any Nautical Escapes service Whitby Yacht Club 20  Book  

$175 Gift Certificate

The perfect gift for that sailor in your family!

This is also how Basic graduates can purchase a block of 6 hours of Practical Sailing Time

* Note. Course dates can be determined at a later with the recipient

Course Cost: $ 175.00 (plus HST)

Flexible LocationSpots Remaining
$175 certificate for - any Nautical Escapes program or service To be specified 19  Book  

$300 Gift Certificate

The perfect gift for that sailor in your family!

This is also how Basic graduates can purchase a block of 14 hours of Practical Sailing Time

* Note. Course dates can be determined at a later with the recipient

Course Cost: $ 300.00 (plus HST)

Flexible LocationSpots Remaining
$300 certificate - for any Nautical Escapes program or service Whitby Yacht Club 20  Book  

$500 Gift Certificate

The perfect gift for those on your list this season!

This is also how Basic graduates can purchase a block of 24 hours of Practical Sailing Time

* Note. Course dates can be determined at a later with the recipient

Course Cost: $ 500.00 (plus HST)

Flexible LocationSpots Remaining
To be used with any Nautical Escapes - course including Practical Cruising Time Whitby Yacht Club 19  Book  

Sail Canada Intermediate Sailing ( The Bareboat Licence)

2 Days, 1 Nights - Live-A-Board
Price $625


1 WEEKEND Live-a-board

Prerequisites: Basic Sailing (Basic Cruising Standard)

Before taking this course we also recommend that you have at least one season of sailing experience or have completed the Practical Cruising course, and that you have completed your CYA Coastal Navigation classroom and exam.

If you would like to get into bareboat charters or big boat ownership this course will be essential to your learning process.
This is the next step after you get comfortable with your Basic Sailing Skills. You will learn all about large bareboat sailing which includes: boat systems, docking, anchoring boat maintenance, applied coastal navigation, arrivals in foreign ports, and much more! The intensive weekend courses are run in a live-a-board format from Friday night to Sunday afternoon on a beautiful Morgan 41. Friday night you will meet up with the boat in Frenchman's Bay then return later Sunday afternoon. If you have any interest in large boat handling or wish to be a bareboat charterer this course is for you!
* Courses are never cancelled do to bad weather so rain jackets/rain pants are required for each student*

INCLUDES: Textbook, Exam, and your Logbook seal

(provisions & extra marina fees not included)

*** Low student to boat/instructor ratios of 5:1, for more personalized instruction!***

Course Cost: $ 625.00 (plus HST)

Friday 6-10pm, Saturday 9-6pm, & Sunday 9-5pm LocationSpots Remaining
September - 12,13,14 Pickering Harbour Full 

Private Lessons

Private lessons with a Sail Canada cruising instructor. Lessons can be customized to any level you need (Basic-Intermediate).


* Maximum 4 students per session

Private Lessons on your own boat

1/2 day = (3 hour lesson) $180
1 day = (6 hour lesson) $260

2 days = $220 / day = $440
3-4 days = $185 / day = $555 or $740
4-5 days = $175 / day = $700 or $875
6-7 days = $165 / day = $990 or $1155

School boat rentals are $125 half day and $200 for full day

*School boats are also available for live-a-board courses as well, for an additional cost.
** Instructor travel and food expenses, for live-a-board, not included

Course Cost: $ 0.00 (plus HST)


* New *2015 Sail Can Coastal and GPS Navigation

This coming winter of 2014/2015 we will be offering our popular Coastal Navigation course that also includes information on GPS. This course will cover knowledge of fixes, the marine compass, tides, currents, the buoyage system, charts and publications. In-class exercises will teach you how to plot a course, take bearings and how to make the most of GPS waypoint navigation. The course provides a workbook and full-sized practice charts with practical exercises to help you understand and sucessfully write the Sail Canada Coastal Navigation Exam at the end of the course.
Classes are run Sundays 10am-4pm in the winter. (24 hrs in total) in our Whitby Yacht Club location.

INCLUDES: Sail Canada Navigation Exam, Full-sized practice chart, navigation workbook, and logbook seal.

Course Cost: $ 295.00 (plus HST)

SUNDAYS (Sun 10am - 4pm) LocationSpots Remaining
January - 4,11,18,25 Whitby Yacht Club 10  Book  
March/April - March 22, 29 & April 5, 12 Whitby Yacht Club 12  Book  

C Y A Intermediate Private Course (3 days)

Come join us for your own private sailing course. You can also bring up to two more friends or family along to make this exclusive course even more enjoayble.

Once successfuly completed you will have your Intermediate (Bareboat) level issued by the C Y A that will allow you to charter a 30-50 foot sailboat anywhere in the world.

Please contact us to check dates and to set up your own private course!

Course Cost: $ 1,975.00 (plus HST)

Flexible LocationSpots Remaining
To book your course please email or call - to arrange a date and time that works for you To be specified   
Fran McPee - June 29, 30, July 1st Pickering Harbour Full 

2 Person Discount

2 Person discount applies to 2 people taking the same Basic Sailing course at the same location for the same dates with $75 each off our regular $695 price x 2 people

Course Cost: $ 1,240.00 (plus HST)

Flexible LocationSpots Remaining
Enter your preferred course dates on your course form by - clicking on the BOOK button. Whitby Yacht Club 43  Book  

3 Person Discount

This applies to groups of 3 booking the Basic Sailing Course at the same location for the same dates with $100 each off our regular $695 price x 3 people

Course Cost: $ 1,785.00 (plus HST)

Flexible LocationSpots Remaining
Enter your preferred course dates on your course form by - clicking the BOOK button. Whitby Yacht Club 48  Book  

4 Person Discount

This applies to groups of 4 booking the Basic Sailing Course at the same location for the same dates with $125 each off our regular $695 price x 4 people

Course Cost: $ 2,280.00 (plus HST)

Flexible LocationSpots Remaining
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