Our learn to sail courses are taught on sailboats between 24-27 feet. You will not spend any time in the water during our courses! Unless we anchor and swim of course!

Our boats are fully registered and compliant with all Transport Canada Recreational Boating School (RBS) safety requirements. Our boats are safe, reliable, fun and comfortable to sail! Perfect for learning.

Our learn to sail courses take a maximum of 4 students. This enables us to provide the best one-on-one support for our students and provides them with the best learning platform possible.

Upon successful completion of our courses, the students receive Sail Canada certifications and are registered with BC Sailing.

All of our Sail Training courses are eligible for our Travis McGregor Seamanship Award!

Available Learn to Sail Courses

Sailing Sampler: New to sailing and not sure if it is for you? This 3-hour introduction may be just what you need to fall in love with sailing!

Sailing Essentials: Want a bit more than 3 hours on the water? Join us for a full weekend of sailing!

Basic Cruising: The Basic Cruising Standard is a four-day intensive course. You will learn everything you need to know to confidently crew or skipper a sailboat 6 – 9 meters in length.

Mileage Builders: Looking for some time out on the water with some friends brushing up on some sailing skills? Come out and enjoy a sailing brush-up seminar!

Intermediate Cruising: The Intermediate course is for more advanced sailors who are looking to charter boats or interested in boat ownership. This course is taught in a live-aboard format out of Vancouver.

Women & Wind Sailing: Sail Nelson is proudly owned and operated by a female sailor and we are happy to offer women only courses. Come on out and make some new friends on the water while learning the ropes.