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Intermediate Course

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Intermediate Sail Training [SCHEDULE (Link)]
Grassroots Sailing is a member school of Sail Canada (formerly 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 Sail Canada, 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.

For students that have completed their Basic Cruising Std we offer the Sail Canada Intermediate Cruising Standard course which is taught as a seven day liveaboard format in the Caribbean and 5 day in Georgian Bay and from time to time other Great Lakes locations. A student covers the skills needed to skipper or crew a sailing vessel of 8 - 15 metres, in daylight, and moderate winds and waves in coastal waters.

This then qualifies them to operate such a vessel in coastal waters where they can practice their newly acquired skills. Typically this level is required by charter companies for those wishing to bareboat charter in the Caribbean Islands or other popular cruising areas.

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)]

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

The authorized text for the Sail Canada Intermediate Cruising Standard is the US Sailing text, Bareboat Cruising. This text is included in the price of the course.

Objective:

"To be able to cruise safely in familiar waters as both skipper and crew of a sailing yacht of 8 - 15 meters in moderate wind and sea conditions by day. Program emphasizes on-the-water skills at a level acceptable for bare boat chartering. "

 

PREREQUISITES
Basic Cruising Standard.
It is recommended that the student have a recognized first aid certificate, a VHF radio operator’s certificate and have completed the Sail Canada Coastal Navigation Standard. Note: To maximize the likelihood of successfully completing the Intermediate Cruising Standard, a student should:
a) Have experience as skipper of at least ten day sails (or equivalent)
b) Have applied the knowledge and practiced the skills in the Basic Cruising Standard
c) Be able to consistently demonstrate the skills learned in the Basic Cruising Standard.
Course Content Synopsis CYA detailed prospectus (link)
• Planning
• Living Afloat & Cruising Boat Systems
• Weather
• Safety
• Seamanship
• Navigation & Passage Planning

AFLOAT SKILLS:

• Assuming the skipper’s role
• Sail a vessel as both skipper and crew, on all points of sail, tacking, gybing, and sailing to weather efficiently
• Navigation procedures: dead reckoning, bearings, chartwork, plan a cruise
• Cruise preparation
• Anchoring and docking.
• Crew Overboard procedures
• Liveaboard: system
 
[SCHEDULE (Link)]
The Intermediate Cruising Standard is conducted on one of the following boats depending on location; Caribbean: Dufour 38; Georgian Bay: Catalina 34 During the winter season we are offering the Intermediate course(s) from Sint Maarten and in summer on Georgian Bay or Lake Ontario.
Check the dates and rates [SCHEDULE (Link)]


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