Sail and Learn ISPA Holiday
Are you interested in learning how to sail? Why not learn while exploring Lake Superior's beautiful Canadian coastline.
Gain all the skills needed to operate a sailboat and become a ‘competent crew member’ while visiting remote islands and hidden lands.
What is ISPA?
Safety was first and foundational and the challenges were paced in a way that built naturally. Greg knew when to demonstrate, when to step back and let us learn, and when to quietly suggest an alternative or an option we hadn’t considered. There are plenty of people who can sail, not many can teach others what they have learned. Greg is the real thing, a competent man who can communicate what he knows and inspire others in their own learning.
Receive internationally recognized training in sailing techniques and boaters safety outlined by the International Sail and Power Academy (ISPA).
Our ISPA certified instructors will guide you through seven days of extensive training while providing a fun and thrilling Sail and Learn Holiday.
Includes , sailing gloves and all provisions.
This is the practical component of the full course. The theory portion and exam is online and must be completed before the on the water part to receive full certification. Register and take the theory online at ispa.com. Optional Coastal Navigation certification available.
Min/Max four participants.
2022 Dates not yet established. Call or email to set your priority date.
If you are a party of four you may book yourself anytime the vessel is available using the online booking portal. If you want to be put on a waitlist to join others send us a message. Feel free to book with a non learning partner. They will love the Lake Superior holiday experience, while the others do the learning.
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Pricing (all rates are subject to HST)
$2,565 per person (provisions incl.)
4 people max/min
Coastal navigation add on: $495 includes charts and workbook.
- Navigation Kit (Protractors dividers rule and pencils chart safe eraser and hand bearing compass) $395 optional at checkout.
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.
Is Sailing Experience Needed?
No! We gladly welcome individuals of all skills and backgrounds aboard our instructional adventures. Our knowledgeable captains will help create a hands-on learning environment allowing you to become a comfortable and confident sailor.
* The ‘Monday Night Sail Clinic’ is asked to have the ‘Basic Sail‘ prerequisite or equivalent.
Do I need to bring my own lifejacket or PFD?
For any passengers two years of age and younger, we ask that they come prepared with their own personal floatation device to ensure proper fit and utmost safety. We do have PFDs for tiny guests and if you do not have one please don’t rush out and get one, use ours. But if you do have your own we have learned the youngsters really seem more at ease with their own. For all other passengers, Sail Superior has a range of PFDs as well as a Transport Canada certified life jackets for every persons onboard.
*Children 10 and under are required to wear a PFD at all times while onboard.
Do you have washrooms on board?
Each vessel has limited onboard restroom capacity. Similar to an airplane facility, we ask that nothing be flushed but the provided toilet paper. Slightly different than the common flush toilets, just ask the crew if you have any questions, believe us, you won’t be the first!
The Zodiac has no onboard restroom.
ASK ABOUT OUR:
Sail and Learn Holiday ISPA
Ontario Signature Experience
Thunder Bay Chamber of Commerce
2017 Northern Ontario Industry Leader
2020 Northern Ontario Tourism Awards
World Travel & Tourism Council Safe Travels
Lake Superior Magazine, Best of the Lake