Introduction to Sailing

Get your feet wet & discover sailing!

No prior experience required. Just bring your enthusiasm and be prepared to have fun!  Within a few short hours, you’ll be hooked. Our 3-hour introduction to sailing and 2-day Start Keelboat Sailing classes are perfect for individuals, families or your group of friends. Let us welcome you to the wonderful world of sailing and show you exactly how much fun & affordable sailing can be. The sailing lifestyle has something to offer everyone looking to get out on the water.


OBJECTIVE: Enjoy a fun and relaxing 3-hour (or longer) experience on the water with your Sail Canada instructor as your skipper.  Bring your friends, your family or come alone.  Under the guidance and coaching of your instructor, you can even take your turn steering the boat, adjusting the sails or more if you wish, for a more “hands-on” experience.


Small Boat (Tanzer 22, Shark, Sonar)

3 hours on the water:

  • $255 + HST per person
  • $85 + HST each additional hour

Big Boat (C&C 27)

3 hours on the water:

  • $285 + HST per person
  • $95 + HST each additional hour


Contact us to schedule a sail by emailing us at  info@advantageboating.com or calling us at 613.721.8683


Basic Cruising course on the Ottawa river

Start Keelboat Sailing course on the Ottawa River

OBJECTIVE: In this Sail Canada course you will be introduced to the language of sailing.  In a relaxed environment, we will show you the principals of how a sailboat moves through the water using the wind. You will learn about basic seamanship skills, boat handling under sail and power, boat safety equipment & how to tie some popular sailing knots.  By the end of this course you will be able to act as crew to safely sail in familiar waters on a small sailboat in moderate wind and sea conditions by day



14 Hour Format:

  • Maximum of 4 students per boat
  • Courses taught aboard our 22 – 24 foot keelboats: Tanzer, Sonar, or Shark


** Quelques un de ces cours son aussi offert en français.  Communiquez avec nous pour obtenir plus des détails.

$625 + HST (per person; minimum of 3 students).   Contact us for more details.

CERTIFICATION AWARDED: Sail Canada Start Keelboat Sailing Standard.


Get Started Now!

  • Review the course schedule to find a class that suits your needs.
  • Register by adding your course choice to your shopping cart and proceeding to the checkout or calling the office at 613-721-8683.
  • Take the on water course and complete course handouts to obtain certification.
  • Next Steps once you’ve completed your Start Keelboat Sailing course.

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