2018 Adult: 
Learn to Sail Keelboat

2018 Adult: Learn to Sail Keelboat

2018 Programs:

Introduction to Sailing — 3 hours on the water with a SAILCanada certified instructor - by appointment

Basic Cruise (Learn to Sail Keelboat) — 18 hours on the water and 9 hours classroom learning to skipper and crew a small fixed keel sailboat under power and sail.

Basic Coastal Navigation — This introductory course offers basic knowledge of navigational theory. The curriculum covers the role of the navigator, introduces the publications, navigation aids and tools and techniques to support planning and safe passage making. Marine Radio (to be determined)

Restricted Operator Certification (Marine) — Marine (ROC-M) - 6 hours of VHF Radio classroom instruction on one Saturday (to be determined)

SAILCanada Standards - These are the standards that Learn to Sail @ CYC uses to create your learning experience.

CYC Instructors - Our instructors are certified by SAILCanada - the nation's learn to sail authority

Introduction to Sailing

If you just want to experience what it is like to handle a sailboat, Introduction to Sailing is intended to introduce novice boaters to safe practices in preparing to leave the dock, while underway, and returning to the dock. This course is 3 hours with a Learn to Sail Instructor.

Maximum Class Size — $180.00 (+ HST) for up to 4 people 

Learning Boat — Sail: Mirage 24 Sailboat

2018 By appointment - Email to:  SailingSchool@CobourgYachtClub.ca 

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Basic Cruising (Learn to Sail Keelboat) – Skipper and Crew

Basic Cruising is intended to develop individuals to be able to sail safely in familiar waters as both skipper and crew of a sloop-rigged keelboat of 6 to 10 meters with an outboard or inboard motor in moderate wind and sea conditions by day.

This course is 18 hours on the water with a Learn to Sail Instructor plus 2 3-hour theory discussion sessions and a 3-hour examination session for the SailCanada Basic Cruising Examination and the Transport Canada Pleasure Craft Operators Card (PCOC). In addition to the theory discussion sessions, the course include a text book - Basic Sailing and Cruising Skills - as well as an online learning Course based on the text book.

On successful completion of Basic Cruising, you will be able to rent the Club's training boat for 3-hour sessions to continue to sail and to build your experience. (Note: Rental of the boat is limited to CYC members with a minimum of the Sail Canada Basic Cruising Standard.) All Learn to Sail Keelboat students receive a complementary Associate membership the Cobourg Yacht Club. Learn to sail and enjoy the facilities of the Club.



June 2 - June 24 


July 16 - July 20 
August 7 - 10 Tuesday to Friday, 9 am to 4 pm (an hour for lunch) 


May 10 - May 31
August 14 - 30 (Tuesdays and Thursdays (5:30 - 8:30) on the water for 3 weeks;
Wednesday theory and exam sessions

Maximum Class Size — 4 (Minimum Class is 2)

Learning Boat — Mirage 24 Sailboat 

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Basic Coastal Navigation - Sail and Power

This introductory course offers basic knowledge of navigational theory. The curriculum covers the role of the navigator, introduces the publications, navigation aids and tools and techniques to support planning and safe passage making. The student is exposed to basic plotting and position determination methods. This course covers information key to the effective use of electronics.

Sessions complement material introduced in the Sail Canada Basic Cruising (Learn to Sail Keelboat) standard. The concepts and skills covered are applied in the Intermediate Cruising standard. 


To be able to safely navigate by day in local waters.


PCOC Recommended

Course Dates

To be determined


Cobourg Yacht Club

Minimum 4; Course Fee: $295.00 and includes: Student notes and instructional charts and the use of parallel rules and dividers for the duration of the course.

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Marine Radio Restricted Operator's Certificate (ROC-M)

(VHF Radio License) 

The VHF radio is your lifeline in an emergency or distress situation and certain protocol must be followed. In Canada, anyone who uses a VHF radio is required by law to be certified in order to use a VHF or other marine radio transmitter.

VHF radio operators must follow the procedures described in the VHF Radiotelephone Practices and Procedures Regulations. Currently, all Marine VHF radio operators are required to have a Restricted Operator's Certificate (ROC-M) with maritime qualifications issued by an accredited agency under the authority of Industry Canada - Spectrum Management, a department of the Government of Canada.

To obtain a Restricted Operator Certificate (Maritime) one must successfully complete a Restricted Operator's Certificate Maritime ROC(M) course including the new Global Maritime Distress Safety System (GMDSS), Digital Selective Calling (DSC) Endorsement with the Maritime Mobile Service Identity (MMSI) System. Our CPS/SAILCanada Recognized instructor/Examiner will provide 6 hours of instruction plus a manual and DVD-ROM. Successful completion of this course certifies you for Restricted Operator Certificate (Maritime).

The DVD that accompanies this course includes a simulator allowing practice using DSC on your home PC or computer as well as practice questions for each chapter and practice exams.  It can be played in a CD player to learn the protocol for the Verbal Radio portion and assists with preparation for the exam.


To be able to communicate effectively via VHF radio including use of the Digital Selective Calling (DSC) feature.



Course Dates

To be determined


CYC Learn to Sail Classroom

Minimum Class 4; 

Course Fees: Full course $125.00; Includes book with CD
Second family member sharing the book and CD - $83.00

ROC(M) Table of Contents

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Sail Canada Standards

Introduction to Boating - Sail Standard (PDF)

Basic Cruise (Daytime) Standard (PDF)

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For our other Learn to Sail programs:

Link to Youth Learn to Sail (Centreboard)

Link to Adult Learn to Sail (Centreboard)

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