Sail Nelson offers a variety of Sail Canada courses that lead to certification. Learn more about our course progression by reading the FAQs below.

Q: Where do I start and what do I take when? 

New to sailing and not sure if it is for you yet? Take the Introduction to Sailing 1-day course and test it out. Otherwise, here is a chart to help you figure out the progression of our Sail Canada courses.


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Introduction to Sailing: 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: 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: 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.


Q: I’ve taken a course, but how do I keep improving my skills? 

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

Q: Do you offer women only courses?

Yes we do! 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!

Q: I don’t know where to start or I’m not sure what to do next?

Interested in something you don’t see here? Contact us today and we’ll help you make your sailing goals a reality.


VHF Marine Radio License: 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.  We offer a home study option for those looking to go at their own pace! Check it out!

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”  ― H. Jackson Brown Jr.P.S. I Love You