Sail Nelson offers a variety of Sail Canada courses that lead to certification. We can customize your learning experience to fit your needs or you can take one of the following courses:

Introduction to Keelboating: New to sailing and not sure if it is for you? This 1 day introduction may be just what you need to fall in love with sailing.

Basic Crew Standard: Interested in helping out on a boat, but not ready to take control of everything? The Crew Standard will teach you everything you need to know to be the best First Mate on Kootenay Lake!

Basic Cruising Standard: The Basic Cruising Standard is the platform for all of your sailing adventures to come. You will learn everything you need to know to confidently skipper a sailboat 6 – 9 meters in length.

Sailing Brush-Ups: Looking for a review for Crew Overboard or Sail Trimming? Try one of our 3-hour brush up courses!


Calling all ladies!

Sail Nelson is proudly owned and operated by a female Sail Canada cruising instructor. As such, Sail Nelson offers ladies-only sailing instruction through our Women & Wind sailing series! Come on out and join some girlfriends for some fun on the Lake!

Interested in something you don’t see here? Contact us today and we’ll meet your needs!


Ashore Courses

Restricted Maritime Radio (VHF) Operator’s Course: To operate a maritime radio, you need the certificate. It is the law! The Maritime Radio course teaches emergency radio procedures, as well as everyday operating techniques.  Register through Selkirk College.

Dates: May 8 & 10, 2018            6:00 pm to 9:00 pm       $165.00

Pleasure Craft Operator Certification course (Boating License): In Canada, if you operate a boat with a motor and use it for recreation, you need proof of competency, showing that you have a basic understanding of how to operate your boat safely and know what to do in an emergency.  Register through Selkirk College.

Nelson: May 22 & 24, 2018         6:00 pm to 9:00 pm      $92.00 + materials extra

Trail: June 2, 2018                        9:00 am to 3:00 pm      $92.00 + materials extra

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