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Keelboat Sailing

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Keelboat Sailing

British Columbia has some of the best cruising grounds in the world.  Learning to sail on keelboats is a great way to experience all that our province has to offer on the water.  BC Sailing and Sail Canada accredited schools offer nationally-recongized learn to cruise courses at all levels, from the absolute beginner to the experienced offshore sailor.

Sail Canada Learn to Cruise Standards

Introduction To Boating – To introduce novice boaters to safe practices when preparing to leave the dock, while underway, and when returning to dock. This standard may be taught in a sailing vessel or a powerboat. It is expected that the vessel will be less than 12 meters in length.
Introduction to Boating Standard (2003-01-01)

Basic Crew Standard – To be able to cruise safely in familiar waters as competent 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.
Basic Crew Standard (2011-03-31)
Basic Cruising Standard – To be able to cruise 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.
Basic Cruising Standard (2011-03-31)
Basic Keelboat Racing Standard – To be able to participate in local club white sail (non spinnaker) races 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, with sufficient understanding of the racing rules, race management procedures, and tactics to successfully complete the race in an enjoyable manner.
Basic Keelboat Racing Standard (2012-03-01)

Intermediate Crew Standard – To be able to cruise safely in familiar waters as both skipper and crew of a sailing yacht of 9 to 12 meters, sloop rigged with an inboard engine, in moderate wind and sea conditions by day. The standard emphasizes on-the-water skills at a level acceptable for bare boat chartering for extended cruises in coastal waters.
Intermediate Crew Standard (2011-04-04)

Intermediate Cruising Standard – To be able to cruise safely in familiar waters as both skipper and crew of a sailing yacht of 9 to 12 meters, sloop rigged with an inboard engine, in moderate wind and sea conditions by day. The standard emphasizes on-the-water skills at a level acceptable for bare boat chartering for extended cruises in coastal waters.
Intermediate Cruising Standard (2011-04-04)  

Advanced Crew Standard – To be able to act safely as crew of a sailing cruiser of 10 – 15 meters, any modern rig and inboard engine, operating within 100 miles of shore by day and night in coastal or coastal or inland water in any weather.
Advanced Crew Standard (2012-03-01)
Advanced Cruising Standard – To be able to act safely as skipper and crew of a sailing cruiser of 10 – 15 meters, any modern rig and inboard engine, operating within 100 miles of shore by day and night in coastal or inland water in any weather.
Advanced Cruising Standard  (2012-03-01)
Offshore Standard – To be able to safely act as skipper and crew in a sailing cruiser on an offshore passage navigated by celestial and electronic means without visual reference to terrestrial objects.
Offshore Standard (2012-03-01)

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Island Cruising Ltd.

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Wilson Boating

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