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Basic Sailing Lessons - $325.00

ISPA Introduction to Sailing

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.Click Here to view the Basic Sailing FAQ Guide* 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.

May 25 - 26

May 25 (9:00 am – 1:45 pm) & May 26 (2:00 pm – 6:45 pm)

May 25  (2:00 pm – 6:45 pm) & May 26 (9:00 am – 1:45 pm)

June 8 - 9

June 8 (9:00 am – 1:45 pm) & June 9 (2:00 pm – 6:45 pm)

June 8  (2:00 pm – 6:45 pm) & June 9 (9:00 am – 1:45 pm)

Monday Night Sailing Clinics

$725.00 / student

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 3
  • June 10
  • June 17
  • July 8
  • July 15
  • July 22
  • Aug 5
  • Aug 12
  • Aug 19
  • Aug 26
  • Sept 2, 9 (optional rain days)
  • Sept 30 - End of Season Sail

7 Day Cruise & Learn | Levels 1-3

$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 below 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.

price based on 5 students with a couple sharing forward berth. ($1995 ea. for the forward berth, $2295 ea. for singles)

Sailing Destinations

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.

 

June 22 - 28

14 Day Cruise & Learn | Levels 1-4

$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. 

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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).

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Course Material

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).

  • LEVEL 1: Competent Crew
  • LEVEL 2: Day Skipper
  • LEVEL 3: Coastal Navigation

The Competent Crew Course is the first in a comprehensive building block series that allows you to learn at your own pace and gain  ISPA Certification recognized worldwide. This is a certification level course. This course will give you the basic knowledge essentials for keelboat sailing and must-knows for living aboard a cruising sailboat. You will have the knowledge requirements to:

  • Live aboard a sailing vessel in tidal waters as Competent Crew.
  • In an emergency, be able to substitute as skipper.
  • Sail a vessel under 30 ft (where no navigational hazards exist, within 5 miles of a safe harbor, during daylight hours only, in light to moderate wind conditions.)

This course is 20 hours of do it yourself at home theory, instructor evaluated. Followed by 20 sailing hours of hands-on instruction. It can be taken entirely in the Bay of Thunder Bay over a number of weekdays or weekends.  If that is the case provisions will not be provided. It can also be taken as a private multi day overnight excursion where provisions will be provided. The course workbook and logbook will be provided. If you are continuing on from our Basic Sail course, the cost is $359.00.  Take advantage of our couples price – $639.00 each. No prerequisites required.

Pricing 
Price (Standalone)$695.00
Couples Price$639.00 each
Continuation of Basic Sailing$395.00
Private Group Rate (minimum of 4)$695 Each (all inclusive)
13% HST not included

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Day Skipper Sail is the second course in a comprehensive  building block series that allows you to learn at your own pace and gain ISPA Certification recognized worldwide. Day Skipper Sail provides intermediate sailing and cruising knowledge essentials for the bareboat charter skipper.

On completion of this second course in our series, you can achieve the ashore portion of the Certificate of Competency for Day Skipper Sail. This will provide you with the knowledge requirements to:
  • Act as the skipper of a live aboard sailing vessel
  • Be responsible for the safety of his/her vessel and crew (while day sailing in familiar waters, within 10 miles of safe harbor, during daylight, in moderate wind and sea conditions using basic navigational skills.)

The course involves 20 hours of do it yourself at home theory, instructor reviewed. Followed by 20 sailing hours of hands-on instruction. Requires prior completion of Competent Crew course. This is a Friday (5:30 pm) through Sunday (4:30 pm) intense live-aboard Day Skipper course. We do the Spar channel, overnight at Thompson and practice anchoring in Dawson Bay. This course is all-inclusive (meals, workbooks and logbooks, onboard accommodations). Minimum of four students required for the course to run. Prerequisite – Competent Crew.

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PriceS795.00
13% HST not included

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Coastal Navigation is the third course in a comprehensive building block series that allows you to learn at your own pace and gain ISPA Certification recognized worldwide. 
 
This advanced Coastal Navigation course involves the completion of course material and chart work exercises with the help of diagrams. This highlights the easiest and most accurate art of navigation. A must for the Coastal Skipper and a step towards Celestial Navigation for the Yachtmaster Ocean.

10-15 hours of do it yourself at home theory including navigation and chart work verified and corrected by an ISPA instructor. Followed by 20 hours of hands-on instruction. Coastal Navigation has no prerequisite and may be taken at any time. Great for any boater who wants to venture a little further offshore with confidence. If this course is taken as a stand-alone, it will be a two-day sail navigating from Thunder Bay through Spar Channel to Thompson Island. Overnight at Thompson Island. The return will be along the south side of Pie Island around Angus Island through the gap in A & B Welcome Islands and back to the harbour. This course can be combined with the Day Skipper course by adding one day on to the trip. The route will be: Spar Channel to Thompson Island. Overnight at Thompson Island. The next day we will take the south side of Pie Island, through the Angus gap to Sawyers Bay. Second overnight in Sawyers Bay. Return the final day through the Welcome Island gap to the marina. Prerequisite – Day Skipper.

Pricing 
Price (Standalone)$795.00
Added to Level 2$350.00
13% HST not included

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