Intermediate Cruising

This program emphasizes practical training in a live aboard format.  Intermediate Cruising is highly recommended for people who are interested in chartering or owning a boat. Gain valuable experience while cruising to a different destination and enjoy a different anchorage each night. Continue to improve your sailing skills in a vacation-like setting!

This course prepares you to charter down south.

OBJECTIVE: To be able to cruise safely in familiar waters as both skipper and crew of a sailing yacht of 8 – 12 meters in moderate wind and sea conditions by day.  Emphasizes on-the-water skills at a level required for bareboat chartering. We offer our Intermediate Cruising course in Kingston during the summer or in the Caribbean in February.

PREREQUISITE: Sail Canada Basic Cruising Standard or equivalent certification,  VHF Certificate, and Sail Canada Basic Coastal Navigation. Intermediate Cruising Theory and First Aid / CPR are strongly recommended.  NOTE:  To maximize the likelihood of completing the Intermediate Cruising standard, a student should have a minimum experience of 10 days as skipper and be able to consistently demonstrate the skills learned in the Basic Cruising and the Basic Coastal Navigation standards.

Our course is taught aboard a beautifully appointed Beneteau 35.1

Beneteau 35.1

Comfortable cabin, salon and galley


  • Kingston:  Continuous day & night live-aboard course in the Kingston/Thousand Islands area. $1650 + HST  (per person; includes textbook).Taught over 6 days / 5 nights
    • Maximum of 4 students.
    • NOTE: Our Kingston courses require a minimum of three students to run.  Provisions are not included.
  • Kingston weekend challenge:  Challenge for your Intermediate Cruising certification over 36 hours. This is not a teaching course. This ‘challenge course’ will allow you to be evaluated on your Sail Canada Intermediate cruising afloat and ashore skills. We only recommend a challenge if you already have extensive live-aboard sailing experience and would like to attain certification to back up your experience. $1360 + HST  (per person)
    • Continuous 3-day / 2-night course in the Kingston/Thousand Islands area.
    • A minimum of 3 students are required to run the course; maximum of 4 students.
    • NOTE:  Provisions are not included. Please contact the office at 613-721-8683 to arrange.
  • Caribbean – Seven days in the Caribbean during the winter months.  The fee varies depending on the Caribbean location (Visit our Sailing Vacation for up-to-date information or email us at info@advantageboating.com).


FAQ:  Can my partner/friend do their Basic Cruising certification at the same time I do my Intermediate Cruising certification:   We discourage this scenario unless all parties on board have agreed.  The Basic and Intermediate Cruising standards have very different performance objectives.  It is important to us that our students receive the best possible value and experience during their course with us.  Although we prefer to teach the Basic and Intermediate standards as independent courses we can arrange individualized custom courses on request to accommodate friends, families or partners who are looking to sail together and are working towards different certification levels.



Intermediate Cruising students have the opportunity to add on the International Yacht Training Bareboat Skipper exam.  Upon successful completion of this exam and the Sail Canada Intermediate Cruising certification, students will qualify to receive the ICC and IBS certifications. Upon registration for your Sail Canada Intermediate Cruising &  IIYT CC & IBS, learning materials will be provided before your Intermediate Cruising course.  The ICC & IBS afloat assessment will be conducted during your intermediate course.  *Additional costs apply.

To challenge the exam, the prerequisites include the Sail Canada Coastal Navigation Standard and VHF-DSC Radio License.

MORE DETAILS:  IYT – ICC + International Bareboat Skipper Certifications 

CERTIFICATION(S) AWARDED: Sail Canada Intermediate Cruising (Skipper) Standard or Sail Canada Intermediate Cruising (Crew) Standard.  Optional: IYT ICC & International Bareboat Skipper certifications.

NEXT STEPS: Sail Share, Flotilla Getaways, CANSail, VHF Radio, Sail Canada Intermediate Coastal Navigation, Sail Canada Celestial Navigation, Sail Canada Advanced Cruising.