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. 24 – Feb. 21, 2022;  Monday evenings from 7:00 – 8:30 PM
THEORYBC2:  Feb. 23 – Mar. 23, 2022;  Wednesday evening from 7:00 – 8:30 PM

FEE:  $155.00 + HST. (includes PDF learning materials, exam written locally @ BYC)


NOTE:  A credit of  $50 will be applied to those taking this course who then go on to take the  Basic Cruising Afloat on-the-water course with Advantage Boating in Ottawa or the Caribbean in 2022 or 2023.



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):
THEORYIN5:  Monday & Thursday mornings from 9 AM – 12 PM, Jan 3, 6, 10, 13, 17 with exam (invigilated over zoom) on Jan 20, 2022
THEORYIN6:  Monday & Thursday evenings from 6 – 9 PM, April 18, 21, 25, 28, May 2, with exam (invigilated over zoom) on May 5, 2022

FEE:  $345 + HST (includes chart, PDF of course materials & the intermediate cruising exam)


NOTE:  Limit of 8 students per class.  A credit of $100 will be applied to those taking this course who then go on to take the Intermediate Cruising on-the-water course with Advantage Boating in Kingston, Ontario or the Caribbean in 2021 or 2022.