Basic Sailing Lessons

Basic Cruising Standard

Objective: To be able to cruise safely in local waters in moderate wind and sea conditions by day. Join us for a 5-day live-aboard sailing and learning experience with Capt. Mac’s School of Seamanship. Board our custom 42′ yacht Kinohi in Vancouver, B.C. to depart for the Gulf Islands. Learn boat handling under sail and power, boat safety, emergency procedures, anchoring, docking, navigation, seamanship and more.

“Mac, I learned so much! You are an excellent teacher and your humour is so much appreciated.”

Judy Henderson

Upon the completion of a practical skills evaluation and written Sail Canada (CYA) exam, successful candidates will be awarded the Sail Canada Basic Cruising Standard Certification.



Course includes:

  1. On-board Accommodation
  2. On-board Food
  3. Wine with Dinner
  4. Study material
  5. Exam
  6. Logbook and registration
  7. Sail Canada Certification

“Came aboard knowing nothing and left feeling very confident. Really great experience, thanks Capt. Mac. You really put together an excellent week.”

Charles Johnson

navigating charts