Sailing Instruction

Sailing Instruction


Learn to Sail on Lake Superior. The Everest of Fresh Water Sailing!

We offer a variety of courses starting with our 10-hour basic introduction class to our week-long CRUISE & LEARN sailing certification holiday.

Sleeping Giant Sailing School will be instructing adults in the art of sailing using our 40 foot ocean capable sailboat. International Sail and Power Academy (ISPA) certification courses will prepare you for sailing your own boat on the Great Lakes or charter bareboat in the Caribbean and worldwide.

Competent Crew, Day Skipper and Coastal Navigation certification courses will all be taught on Lake Superior. Cruise and Learn Lake Superior courses will be live-aboard sailing holidays. Visiting Thompson Island, Loon Harbour, Silver Islet, Black Bay, Nipigon Bay, Red Rock, Rossport, Isle Royale and the Slate Islands.

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2018 Courses


 

Basic Sailing Lessons (ISPA Introduction to Sailing): $325.00

10 hours of fun filled on the water training. No books, no tests, no homework. This course is for the beginner, anyone who just wants to see if sailing is for them. We supply everything, life jackets, sailing gloves (to keep), boats, great instructors and an ISPA logbook.

Delivered over two days, this course introduces you to all the systems of a sailboat, teaches crew recovery, boat safety and will have you sailing as skipper under supervision by the end of the 10 hours. If you like sailing and want to continue learning, you can use your 10 hours towards your next ISPA certification course, the  Competent Crew Course.

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* Minimum 3 students required for sailing school to run. If a given date has less than 3 students we will work with you to find a different class.

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Basic Sailing Lessons 1

May 26 - 14h00 to 19h00 &
May 27 - 09h00 to 13h50

0 / 5 Available
Basic Sailing Lessons 2

June 2 - 14h00 to 19h00 &
June 3 - 09h00 to 13h50

0 / 0 Available

 Docking Endorsement: $175.00/student 

1/2 hour theory and 2 hours of practice with an ISPA instructor in the art of docking with different wind and dock configurations. This course is for new boat owners and or the skipper who thinks it’s the crew’s fault when they hit the dock or other boats… Maximum of two students per course.

Have your own boat? Let an ISPA instructor teach you on your own boat: $75/hr (minimum two hours of instruction).

Call (807) 628-3333 To Book your Docking Endorsement

CRUISE & LEARN  |  LEVELS 1-3  |  7 DAYS: $1995.00 – $2295.00

Our best vacation holiday! All inclusive live-aboard instruction. 

A 7 night and 7 day Cruise & Learn adventure. Bringing new and moderately experienced sailors up to the first three levels of the ISPA syllabus: Competent Crew, Day Skipper, and Coastal Navigation (see above for individual course descriptions). Getting you ready to command your own sailboat or charter worldwide.

This Excursion is an all-inclusive live-aboard instructional holiday with generous provisions, study materials, logbook, and instruction included. Instruction and certification provided by qualified ISPA instructors.

Sailing Destinations

Option A

Starting in Thunder Bay we travel to Pie Island, Thompson Island, Otter Cove, Loon Harbour, Nipigon and Red Rock. If the conditions permit, we travel to Rossport and the Slate Islands.

Option B

A circumnavigation of the largest island on Lake Superior; Isle Royale.

A minimum of 4 students is required to run a Cruise and Learn courses.

Call (807) 628-3333 To Book

CRUISE & LEARN  |  LEVELS 1-4  |  14 DAYS: $4150.00* – $4775.00**

Lake Superior to Lake Huron Interlake Live-Aboard Adventure!

Sail and experience the beauty of Lake Superior – the Everest of fresh water sailing. Travel into Lake Huron and the North Channel. Have the adventure of a lifetime on this 14 night and 14 day Cruise & Learn trip.

Bringing new and moderately experienced sailors up to the first four levels of the ISPA syllabus: Competent Crew, Day Skipper, Coastal Navigation and Coastal Skipper. Getting you ready to command your own sailboat or charter worldwide.

This Excursion is an all-inclusive live-aboard instructional holiday with generous provisions, study materials, logbook, instruction included. Instruction and certification are provided by qualified ISPA instructors.

Sailing Destinations

Beginning from Thunder Bay, we head to Tee Harbour, easterly to Porphyry island, on to Loon Harbour, Otter Cove, Battle island, Rossport, Slate islands and then the first long haul to Québec Harbour on Michipicoten island. We then travel south to St Marry’s river, Sault Ste Marie Lock through to lower St Marry’s river. Continue on to Lake Huron and up into the North Channel. Stopping at Little Current then round Manitoulin island to Tobermory. Resupply and head back to The Lakehead. On the way back we challenge ourselves with some long open water passages. 250 NM in one shot! A relaxing Thompson Island traditional woodfire sauna will be waiting for you after the Trans-Superior crossing!

This is a serious sailing trip averaging at least 8 hours of sailing per day with numerous overnight non-stop sailing watches.

*price based on 5 students with a couple sharing forward berth. ($3995 ea. for the forward berth, $4150 ea. for singles)

**price based on 4 students.

Dates to be determined based on group requests. Availability between May 1st and October 1st 2018.

A minimum of 4 students is required to run a Cruise and Learn courses.

Call (807) 628-3333 To Book

2018 Weekly Sailing Clinics


 

    Practice, learn and have fun with like-minded sailors.

Designed for those of you who love sailing, yet haven’t made the jump to owning your own boat. 35 hours of sailing plus an 8-10 hour season end sail to Thompson Island or Sawyers Bay (Hike the Giant), or an offshore race. This is an intermediate course, it is for sailors that have at least the basics and want to practice and refresh their skills.

Kitefly

Learning to fly a spinnaker

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Monday Night Sailing: $725.00 (HST included)

Ten Mondays, 35 hours of sailing plus an 8-10 hour season end sail to Thompson Island or Sawyers Bay (Hike the Giant), or an offshore race.

June 4, 11, 18, 25
July 2, 16, 23
August 20, 27
September (rain days) 10, (17)
September End of Season Sail  29

6 person maximum, 6 person minimum.

Monday Night Sailing Clinic
0 / 6 Available

Tuesday Night Sailing: $725.00 (HST included)

Ten Mondays, 35 hours of sailing plus an 8-10 hour season end sail to Thompson Island or Sawyers Bay (Hike the Giant), or an offshore race.

2018 Tuesday Night Sailing Schedule
Time 6:00 – 9:30 PM
June 5, 12, 19, 26
July 3, 17, 24
August 21, 28
September (rain days) 11, (18)
September End of Season Sail  30

6 person maximum, 6 person minimum.

Tuesday Night Sailing Clinic
0 / 6 Available

Course Materials


Log books and course books are included in all but the docking endorsement class.

Extra books can be purchased for level 1-5, $40.00 + HST. Logbook  $25.00 + HST.

*All itineraries are subject to change for weather considerations.
All overnight courses need a minimum of 4 students, maximum of 5 (5 person group discount of 10%).
13% HST not included in the above prices unless otherwise stated.
Paying in $US? Deduct 25% from the above prices (subject to current exchange rates. Please inquire at time of payment).