Sail Canada Theory Courses

Start learning your sailing skills at home now!

Learning at home

Our Basic Keelboat and Intermediate Keelboat theory classes cover topics outlined in the ashore requirements for Sail Canada’s Basic Cruising and Intermediate Cruising courses.

    Who should take our Sailing Theory courses?

  • “Wannabe” Sailors
  • New Sailors
  • Boat Owners
  • Existing sailors looking for a refresher


A perfect course for:

Basic Keelboat Theory

  • A new sailor who wants to learn some of the basics of sailing
  • A future Sail Canada Basic Cruising Student
  • A boat owner who has never taken a sailing course but wants to “fill in the gaps” in their sailing knowledge
  • A sailor who has completed their Sail Canada Basic Cruising course but would like a refresher on the theory component of the skills they learned

Topics covered include boat & sailing terminology, points of sail, required and recommended safety equipment, boating & sailing rules of the road, anchoring, docking techniques, reading marine charts, navigation buoys, knots, handling emergencies and more!

THEORYBC1:  Jan 2 – 30, 2023;  Monday evenings from 7:00 – 8:30 PM
THEORYBC2:  Feb 6 – Mar 6, 2023;  Monday evening from 7:00 – 8:30 PM
THEORYBC3:  Mar 13 – Apr 10, 2023; Monday evenings from 7:00 – 8:30 PM
THEORYBC4:  Apr 17 – May 15, 2023: Monday evenings from 7:00 – 8:30 PM

FEE:  $160.00 + HST. (includes PDF learning materials, exam written locally @ BYC)


NOTE:  Save $60 on Basic Cruising if you register for a 2023 Basic Cruising Afloat on-the-water course with Advantage Boating in Ottawa after this course.



A perfect course for:

Bareboat Charter

Topics covered include passage planning for a longer sailing trip (water, fuel, power, equipment), living afloat considerations, safety checks for longer voyages, boat systems including engine, marine head, electrical and boat heating, battery power maintenance, crew overboard recovery techniques, limitation of different types of ropes, handling on-board emergency situations, customs & procedures for sailing between international boarders and more!

INSTRUCTOR:  Diane Reid (Sail Canada, IYT and World Sailing Instructor)

OPTIONS (Zoom course)
THEORYIN1:  Tues/Thurs evenings from 6 – 9 PM, Jan 2, 4, 9, 11, 16, with exam (invigilated over Zoom) on Jan 18, 2024

FEE:  $350 + HST (includes chart, PDF of course materials & the intermediate cruising exam)


NOTE:  Limit of 10 students per class.