Basic Sail: Lessons for Sailing Beginners

The Basic Sail course is a great introduction for beginner sailors looking for an exhilarating experience on the water.

Our expert instructors will get you started on a lifelong hobby as you gain 10 hours of fun filled sailing over one weekend, while also enjoying spectacular views of Thunder Bay Harbour.

This course is introductory and is 100 % hands-on practical. No books, no exams. Use this course as a lead up to the fist level ISPA or for the weekly summer clinic.

Our courses are internationally recognized training and can certify you to bareboat charter worldwide, or just help you become safer on your own boat.

  • Departure: 09h00 or 14h00
  • Duration: 4 hours 45 minutes each day (9.5 hrs)
  • Maximum 5 Students
  • When: June to October

    Custom dates for private lessons. 

    May 27 & 28 and June 3 & 4 2023 for open individual students.

  • Monohull Sailboats
    Onboard Frodo our 40ft Sloop
This is an absolute MUST for anyone visiting Thunder Bay. In addition to offering unique views of Thunder Bay from the water, these tours, and their amazing professional and knowledgeable staff, gave us the unique one-of-a-kind Lake Superior experience we were looking for. I can't emphasize enough how special these tours made our weekend
Nicholas, Sail Superior Guest


We supply all the materials needed to get started, including, life jackets, sailing gloves (to keep), boats, and instructors. You will learn the sailing basics as well as boater safety and recovery of person overboard.

If you enjoy sailing and want to continue learning, you can even use your 10 hours towards an ISPA certification course Competent Crew Certification.

Capacity and
Departure Times

  • Departure times 09h00 to 13h45, or 14h00 to 18h45

  • Two sessions over a weekend. Maximum 5 students each class.

  • No home work. Sailing gloves are included.

Monhull Sailboats

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Pricing + HST

  • Individual: $395

Frequently Asked Questions

Are There Age Restrictions?

Sailing charters are an adventure for all; from the young to the young at heart. For anyone under 2 years of age we ask that you bring a PFD (personal flotation device) along and know that they’ll be seated with you for the duration of the tour. If you don’t have one, we will supply one upon arrival. Anyone 10 and under must be accompanied by an adult and will be supplied with a sanitized PFD upon arrival.

With private Zodiac tours, similar rules apply. Everyone is welcome with special considerations taken by the crew to maintain a safe, comfortable and exciting environment. Those under 2 will be asked to come with a properly fitted PFD while the rest of the group will be supplied with one upon arrival. The route and intensity of the ride will remain at the Captain’s discretion to ensure safety for all.

On mixed or non private Zodiac tours we do limit the age and size of children, and may even recommend some adults take a pass.  This is because the ride is advertised as a thrill speed ride and we will be heading out into the lake to meet any conditions that arise. Customers are expecting this and we cannot safety take small children into these conditions.

*Zodiac trips may not be suitable for pregnant women or those with serious neck or back pain. Let us know at the time of booking and we’ll help you find the perfect tour to experience this great lake! Trips up the Kaministiqua river are generally very relaxed and can be enjoyed by everyone.

What Happens If It Rains?

Part of the wonder of the Lake is its ever changing conditions; the weather is no exception. Unless there is substantial thunder and lightning just prior to the tour and a ‘Small Craft Advisory’ issued by Environment Canada, everything will remain as scheduled. Be sure to monitor the weather prior to the tour and bring appropriate attire to stay as comfortable as possible. Our captains have the final say and will reach out to you in the case of a postponed tour. 

 If it starts to rain mid tour, we have covered spaces to shelter you, come in and let the captain and crew brave the weather. Some of the best photographs and images are when the weather puts on a show.

Can I Smoke and/or Participate in Recreational Drugs on Tour?

To maintain the safety and awareness of everyone onboard, no smoking/vaping or recreational drug use of any kind is permitted when on the vessels, or on any of the adjacent docks or waiting areas. Failure to follow this rule will cause the immediate end of your tour and return to the dock. Any fares will be forfeit.

Booking Terms and Conditions

See our complete Booking and Refund Policy.

Learn to Sail Beginner

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