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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 3-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 Fridays 6pm-9pm

- 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)

Friday Night (3 hours) LocationSpots Remaining
July - 10 Whitby Yacht Club  Book  
August - 7 Whitby Yacht Club Full 
Sept - 11 Whitby Yacht Club  Book  

2015 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 26 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, logbook, logbook seal, and a 12 month social membership to the Whitby Yacht,.

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

** Once your course has started NO REFUNDS are issued. Make up classes may be possible however.**

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

Course Cost: $ 575.00 (plus HST)

WEEKENDS (Sat + Sun 9am-5pm) LocationSpots Remaining
July - 11,12,18,19 Whitby Yacht Club  Book  
July/August - July 25,26, August 1,2 Whitby Yacht Club  Book  
August - 8,9,15,16 Whitby Yacht Club  Book  
2nd August Course - 22,23,29,30 Whitby Yacht Club  Book  
September - 12,13,19,20 Whitby Yacht Club  Book  
September/Oct - Sept 26,27 Oct 3,4 Whitby Yacht Club  Book  
October - 17,18,24,25 Whitby Yacht Club  Book  
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2nd July Course - 20,21,22,23,24 Whitby Yacht Club  Book  
1st August Course - 10,11,12,13,14 Whitby Yacht Club  Book  
2nd August Course - 24,25,26,27,28 Whitby Yacht Club  Book  
2nd September Course - 28,29,30 & Oct 1,2 Whitby Yacht Club  Book  
WEEKNIGHTS (Mondays & Thursdays 6pm-10pm) LocationSpots Remaining
July - 6,9,13,16,20,23,27,30 Whitby Yacht Club  Book  
August - 3,6,10,13,17,20,24,27 Whitby Yacht Club  Book  

* 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.

** Once your course has started NO REFUNDS are issued. Make up classes may be possible however.**

Course Cost: $ 295.00 (plus HST)

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

Intro to Sailing Gift Certificate

The perfect gift for that sailor in your family!

Great for that family member who would just like to try sailing out for the first time.

Once the Gift Certificate is purchased the recipient will need to email us to choose which date they would like to sign up for.

Course Cost: $ 145.00 (plus HST)

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

Basic Sailing Gift Certificate

The perfect gift for those on your list this season!

For anyone new to sailing, have not practiced in a while, or new boat owners.

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

Course Cost: $ 575.00 (plus HST)

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

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

** Once your course has started NO REFUNDS are issued. Make up classes may be possible however.**


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)


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 $575 price x 2 people

Course Cost: $ 1,000.00 (plus HST)

Flexible LocationSpots Remaining
Enter your preferred course dates on your course form by - clicking on the BOOK button. Whitby Yacht Club 35  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 $575 price x 3 people

Course Cost: $ 1,425.00 (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 $575 price x 4 people

Course Cost: $ 1,800.00 (plus HST)

Flexible LocationSpots Remaining
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