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Basic Sailing Course

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Basic Cruising (Day Sailing) Training [SCHEDULE (Link)]
Basic Cruising (Liveaboard) Training [SCHEDULE (Link)]
Grassroots Sailing is a member school of the Canadian Yachting Association (CYA), which governs the sport of sailing in Canada. All our programs are taught to their standards, which emphasize safety and good seamanship.

The Learn to Cruise division of the CYA, of which we are a part, teaches students to crew, or act as skipper aboard cruising sailboats. There are a number of courses laid out to achieve this end.

The most popular training we do is the CYA Basic Cruising Standard course given in 24 hours on the water, daysailing format, spread over 4 days usually two weekends. This takes a student with no prior experience, over a period of 24 hrs, to the point where they can skipper a sloop of 6 to 10 metres in familiar waters in good conditions.

This then qualifies them to operate such a vessel in protected waters where they can practice their new skills. We have a sailing club that offers an inexpensive way to gain experience once the Basic Cruising Standard is achieved.

Those who wish to bareboat in the Great Lakes, Virgin Islands or other popular boating areas should then take their Intermediate Cruising standard which is accepted in these areas as suitable proof of competence. Advanced Cruising training is also available.

Upon successful completion of the course, you will be awarded the appropriate CYA certification to be recorded in your International Cruising Logbook recognized the world over by other national authorities.

The authorized text for the CYA Basic Cruising Standard is Gillian West's book, BASIC CRUISING SKILLS. This text & the logbook are included in the price of the course.

We have a sailing club that offers an inexpensive way to gain experience and provides access to, or discounts on, other courses, charters, passages etc.

For additional information please go to [ SAILING CLUB (Link)]



"To be able to cruise safely in familiar waters as both skipper and crew of a sloop rigged keel boat of 6-10 metres in moderate wind and sea conditions by day"


Course Content Synopsis CYA DETAILED PROSPECTUS (link)

• Boating terms and definitions.
• Points of sail.
• Sail boat gear and equipment.
• Introduction charts and buoyage system
• Safety and the rules of the road.
• Weather.
• Basic seamanship.
• Boat handling under sail and power.
• Reefing (reducing sail)
• Heaving to
• Anchoring and docking.
• Crew Overboard procedures


The Basic Cruising Standard is conducted
on one of the following boats depending
on location; a Catalina 22; Northern 25;
or a Sirius 21 which were chosen for
there sailing instruction suitability.

This winter season we are also offering
Cruise & Learn liveaboard Basic
courses in Sint Maarten. Check with
us for dates.



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