This course is taught over 2 weekends or 4 weekdays.


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Have you always wanted to become a competent crew or skipper? The Basic Cruising course is for you! We offer two options for students depending on your comfort level and strengths.

Basic Cruising – Competent Crew: students who have limited sailing experience will learn the ins and outs of cruising, without the pressure of taking total control of the boat. You will move through the course at a pace you are comfortable with and learn how to be an asset on any sailboat! The Sail Canada Basic Crew Standard will be awarded to our Competent Crew students upon successful completion of this course.

Basic Cruising – Day Skipper: students who have prior sailing experience and are looking to take control of the boat will be working on crew and skipper skills during the course. You will take on more responsibility with the goal of being confident and competent to handle the boat after the course on your own with a small crew. The Sail Canada Basic Cruising Standard will be awarded upon successful completion of the course to students who are comfortable taking full responsibility of the vessel.

This course is taught over 2 weekends or 4 weekdays. Both streams are offered during one course, so there will be a mix of Competent Crew students and Day Skipper Students. This course will provide all students with a solid sailing foundation and you will learn about sail trim, boat parts, seamanship skills, emergency situations, anchoring, helming and so much more!


  • August 1-4, 2023 Tuesday to Friday from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm
  • August 11-14, 2023 Friday to Monday from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm
  • September 9-10 & 16-17, 2023 Saturday & Sunday from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm


  1. Hi I am new to sailing and am looking at your July 2 – 5th basic sailing . I normally would be scuba diving right now but Covid 19 prevented me from returning to Honduras. Please let me know any other info I may need and Covid cancellation policy .Many Thanks and cant wait !!

    1. HI Reigh, That is awesome! Would love to get you out on the water this summer. Currently, if we need to cancel due to COVID restrictions we would provide a full refund. If things are a go for this summer then our usual cancellation policy would be in place. You can find those at https://sailnelson.com/terms-conditions/. Be sure to book early as we are selling out with lots of interest! Keep in touch, Penny

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