Ashore Courses

Sail Nelson offers a number of ashore courses through our partnership with Selkirk College.  You can view the dates of our current course offerings here and we will also post any non-Selkirk College offerings on our site.

Here is a list of some of the ashore courses we offer through the off-season:

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. Learn all about the uses of marine radios, choice of frequencies, operation, phonetic alphabet, procedural words and phrases, as well as Digital Selective Calling and the Global Maritime Distress and Safety System, (DSC/GMDSS). All mariners, including recreational boaters, will want to take advantage of the many features and capabilities of this innovative form “automatic” radio.

Certificate Included

Pleasure Craft Operator Certification course – 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.  Proof of competency is required with all motor types (including electric trolling motors) and even when the motor is not in use (such as when sailing). Once you complete the Pleasure Craft Operator Card course and successfully pass your written test (in class), you will receive your Transport Canada Approved license immediately.

Certificate Included

The following Sail Nelson courses do not provide an official certification, however they are very useful and are sure to provide you with new knowledge:

Nautical Knots & Ropework – Bowline, Monkey’s Fist, Reef Knot, Rolling Hitch…come have some fun learning how to tie traditional sailing knots! They have many useful applications around the house, the garden and the boat. We will also learn splicing techniques and some decorative knots.

Understanding the Weather – There is nothing more exhilarating than being out on the water! There is nothing more frightening than getting caught in a storm. Learn to read the clouds, winds and telltale signs of trouble on the other side of the mountain. “Instant Weather Forecasting” included.

Emergency Situations – Fire! Shoal! Leak! Crew Overboard! These words are a boater’s nightmare. Learn what to do in an emergency situation, includes: running aground, fire, engine failure, crew overboard, dismasting, wrapping your propeller and other exciting topics.

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