Intermediate Cruising

This program places emphasis on 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.



Our Intermediate Cruising course in Kingston is taught aboard our spacious and comfortable CS 30 sailboat “Nancy O” (layout diagram & profile diagram)

Nancy O our CS30 sailboat

PREREQUISITE: Sail Canada Basic Cruising Standard or equivalent certification,  VHF Certificate, and Sail Canada Basic Coastal Navigation. Intermediate Cruising Theory & First Aid / CPR are strongly recommended.



  • Kingston:  Continuous day&night live-aboard course in the Kingston/Thousand Islands area. $1375 + HST  (per person; includes textbook)
    • Taught over 6 days / 5 nights for 3 – 4 students
    • With 2 students, course becomes a Semi-private course and is taught over 4 days/3 nights
  • Kingston weekend challenge:  Challenge for your Intermediate Cruising certification over a continuous 3 day / 2 night weekend course in the Kingston/Thousand Islands area.  $775 + HST  (please contact the office at 613-721-8683 to arrange; minimum 3 students)
    NOTE:  If you already have extensive live-aboard sailing experience but would like to attain certification to back-up your experience then the intensive weekend Intermediate Cruising challenge is the format for you
  • Caribbean – Seven days in the Caribbean during the winter months.  Fee varies depending on Caribbean location (Visit our Sailing Vacation for up to date information).

COVID UPDATE:   At the moment we are unable to run live aboard courses under the current COVID restrictions. We are optimistic that as COVID cases continue to drop and more vaccinations are administered the situation will improve as the 2021 sailing season progresses.  We will update our website and add live-aboard courses as soon as the situation allows. Please note that we are experiencing a high demand for our 2021 live-aboard course. If you are interested taking your Intermediate Cruising course this season, reach out to us and let us know and we will add you to our list to contact when things open up. 



NOTE: Our Kingston courses requires a minimum of three students to run (3 single sailors, 2 couples or 1 couple & 2 single).  Provisions are not included.  Class sizes may be limited during COVID to 2 students plus the instructor (Semi-private lesson).  Email us at info@advantageboating.com for more information


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 sail together and are working towards different certification levels.



IYT ICC and Bareboat certifications can be added on to your intermediate cruising course.   IYT learning materials will be provided before your course.  The afloat assessment will be conducted during your intermediate course however an additional written test will be required.  *Additional costs apply.


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.