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Advanced 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 the 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 Intermediate Std we offer the Sail Canada Advanced Cruising Standard course which is taught as a seven day liveaboard format. A student covers the skills needed to skipper or crew a sailing vessel of 8 - 15 metres, in both day and night conditions in coastal waters in any weather.

This then qualifies them to operate such a vessel in coastal waters where they can practice their advanced skills. 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.

Typically this level is recommended for those wishing to take their own boat to Caribbean Islands or other popular cruising areas. We would also recommend that you join our crew networking organization and practice your advanced skills on passages in the Great Lakes or transoceanic voyages

Many of our graduates choose this option to build up their confidence and competence before taking their own boat long distance cruising. It is often referred to as an apprenticeship.

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 Advanced Cruising Standard is the US Sailing text, PASSAGEMAKING. This text is included in the price of the course.


"To be able to act safely as skipper and crew of a sailing cruiser of 8 - 15 metres, operating by day and night in coastal or inland water in any weather. "


Basic Cruising, Intermediate Cruising and Coastal Navigation Standards; Red Cross or St. John Ambulance Emergency First Aid Certificate and a VHF radio certificate (Radio Operator's Restricted Certificate - Maritime Voluntary). Minimum course time for teaching this Standard is six days.
Note: To maximize the likelihood of successfully completing the Advanced Cruising Standard, a student should have: a) had experience as a skipper equivalent to at least two seasons or twenty days of cruising, and b) applied the knowledge and practiced the skills in the Intermediate Cruising and Coastal Navigation Standards.
Course Content Synopsis CYA detailed prospectus (link)
• Advanced Sail Theory
• Weather
• Safety
• Seamanship
• Use, Maintenance and Repair of Boat and Equipment


• Assumption of total command
• Advanced boat handling under sail and power
• Advanced navigation procedures
• Passage preparation
• Advanced anchoring and docking
• Advanced Crew Overboard procedures
The Advanced Cruising Standard is conducted on one of the following boats depending on location; a Jeanneau54ds in the Caribbean; a Beneteau on the Great Lakes. This winter season we are offering the Advanced course(s) from Sint Maarten.
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