Refresher & Mileage Builder Courses

Improve your cruising skills!

Improve your cruising skills!


Brush up on your skills and get back on the water with confidence! Whether you are looking to review basic cruising skills or just wanting an instructor-lead course to gain additional on-the-water experience, our “Mileage Builder” course will fit your needs. These classes may be customized such that each student on board can focus on those skill they wish to develop. Practice your points of sail, tacking & gybing, boat handling manoeuvres, docking, anchoring, crew overboard, sail trim, larger boat handling and more! Available in daytime or live-aboard overnight formats.


1 or 2 Day (daytime) Refresher Courses:  Are your sailing skills a little rusty? Perhaps you have just finished a Basic Cruising course but still need some additional time with an instructor to feel more confident? This 1-day or 2-day on the-water-course will allow you to quickly fill in the knowledge gaps and give you the chance to practice a number of keelboat basic cruising skills.

  • 7 or 14 hours (Saturday or Saturday/Sunday)
  • Taught on our smaller keelboats (Sonar or Tanzer 22) that have a tiller and outboard motor
  • Small class size – maximum of 4 students (minimum of 2)


Live-Aboard Mileage Builder:  Perfect for sailors who want to gain further sailing experience in preparation for owning a sailboat or taking the Intermediate Learn-to-Cruise course. Learn and relax while improving your seamanship skills with an emphasis on safety, navigation, and proper on-board procedures. Your experience on this cruise will also prepare you for bareboat chartering on a larger boat.

  • 2 night / 2 day (Friday – Sunday)
  • Choose from exploring the Ottawa River or the beautiful waters around Kingston
  • Taught on our larger keelboats in Ottawa (C&C 27) and Kingston (CS30) that have wheel steering and inboard engines
  • Small class size – maximum of 4 students (minimum of 3)

PREREQUISITE: Sail Canada Basic Cruising (Skipper) Standard or the equivalent experience. Recommended that you also have VHF Radio and Sail Canada Basic Coastal Navigation Standard if taking the live-aboard course.


  • 1-day Mileage Builder (Ottawa)  – $310 + HST
  • 2-day Mileage Builder (Ottawa)  – $550 + HST
  • Ottawa weekend live aboard – $550 + HST
  • Kingston weekend live aboard – $750 + HST




NEXT STEPS: Sail Share, Flotilla GetawaysBoat Handling Courses, Introduction to RacingVHF Radio, Sail Canada Intermediate CruisingSail Canada Basic Coastal Navigation Standard, Sail Canada Celestial Navigation


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