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.
Onboard Frodo our 40ft Sloop
Honestly-Highlight of my trip.
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.
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.
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Frequently Asked Questions
Parking and Pre-Tour Tips
What to Wear for a 90-Minute Sailing Tour with Sail Superior
What to Wear for a 90-Minute Sailing Tour with Sail Superior:
1. Sunglasses & Hat: Wear sunglasses with UV protection to shield your eyes from the sun’s glare off the water.
2. Non-Slip Shoes: Put on comfortable, closed-toe shoes with good traction to stay steady on the boat’s deck.
3. Windbreaker: Bring a light windbreaker or jacket. Even if it’s warm, the wind can make it feel cooler on the water.
Remember, the weather can change fast, so these essentials will keep you comfortable during your short sailing tour with Sail Superior.
On the Catamaran, no heeled shoes, shoes that leave marks. You will be asked to remove inappropriate footwear before boarding. If in doubt bring some soft Croc type shoes, clean white soled runners. Going barefoot is fine but can be chilly.
On the Sailboat, most shoes except heeled shoes are ok.
On the Zodiac, runners/ hiking shoes and most anything except heels. You may be going ashore, its good to have trail shoes.
Drinking alcohol on our boats
ALCOHOL & DRINKING on a vessel. Our monohull Frodo is licensed, and as such we are bound by the law in regards to monitoring your intake and service. If you are coming from a pre drinking function and are intoxicated you will not be allowed to board, this only relates to those in your party that are visibly intoxicated and not the entire group. We will deny service on board to anyone who is becoming intoxicated. We will insure that you have a designated DD or someone who is picking you up afterwards. It is our Duty to keep you safe. If your tour is cancelled due to any conflict with the above laws and policies you will not receive a refund or credit for your tour. Boating is a great place to have a drink, it is a dangerous place to be intoxicated. If you think you or your party will drink excessively we kindly ask you not to book a tour with us.
Can We Bring Our Own Alcohol?
Since our boats are fully liquor licensed, personal alcohol is not allowed. There is a selection of wines, local craft beers, and ciders onboard. Should you desire something specific, simply let our captains know and we’ll do our best to arrange for it to be on the tour (at additional cost). All tours will be outfitted with servers as well as customized plans for cash and open bar services.
Catamaran tours: This is boat is not licensed and is a bareboat charter. Consumption of alcohol is only legal while the boat is at the dock or at anchor. Guests may bring their own alcohol. Strong spirits and red wine is not allowed. Remember the crew are there to keep you safe. If you think you or any of your party intends to drink to excess we kindly ask you to not book a tour with us.
Boating is a great place to have a drink or two; it is an extremely dangerous place to be intoxicated.
The Superior Rocket is not licensed and no alcohol will be permitted.
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.
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