In response to requests from the many Canadians that participate in BOSS courses, BOSS has entered into an agreement with Wavelength Sailing School of Kingston Ontario to offer Learn-to-Cruise courses leading to awarding of Sail Canada certifications.
This ensures that Canadians taking courses with BOSS in SVG can have their credentials added to their Sail Canada logbook.

Several highly qualified Sail Canada instructors have been recruited to participate in this unique initiative.  In addition, Wavelength will be offering courses in the Great Lakes during the Canadian summer.

SVG has strong connections to Canada and starting in December 2017, Air Canada will be offering weekly direct flights to Argyle International Airport in St. Vincent, only a short ride from the Barefoot base.  So soon it will be even easier and more economical to travel direct to SVG.

Once you have booked your Sail Canada course through BOSS, you may prepare for your course through Wavelength’s, which offers Basic Coastal Navigation (a prerequisite for Intermediate Cruising) as well as Ashore Modules for Basic, Intermediate and Advanced.

Basic Cruising Standard

This course will teach you the basic skills and knowledge required to skipper and crew on a sailboat of up to 10 meters in length. Safely under sail or power, in moderate wind and sea conditions.

You will learn boat handling under power and sail, basic navigation, knot tying, safety equipment and procedures, crew overboard procedures, practical application of the rules of the road, anchoring and docking. You will also learn parts of the boat, terminology, gear and equipment, basic chart work, tides and currents, basic weather, anchoring and dealing with emergencies.

Basic Coastal Navigation

This course covers an introduction to Coastal Navigation and is a prerequisite to gaining the Intermediate (bareboat skipper) certification. This course provides the knowledge and skills that any skipper of a recreational boat should know before leaving familiar waters. Whether you plan to use modern electrics or traditional navigation techniques, there is a core set of knowledge and skills that will help you become a safe and prudent navigator. The Basic course covers all the requirements covered in Sail Canada’s Basic Coastal Navigation standard and graduates of our course are certified according to this standard.

Intermediate Cruising Standard

This course is designed for sailors who have their basic cruising certification or are experienced in sailing keelboats. Basic Standard and Basic Coastal Navigation are prerequisites for this course. You will develop improved sailing skills, including efficient sailing, sail trim, helming technique controlled gybing and tacking. We also practice additional methods of return to a crew overboard, including short handed techniques and full response to several emergencies. If time and conditions permit, we will also experience flying a cruising spinnaker. The course is taught in a 6 day (5 nights) live aboard format. At least 4 nights are spent in idyllic anchorages. This longer format coupled with a small class size and superb cruising area provides sufficient time for coaching and practice to meet the skills required.

Advanced Cruising Standard

This course is intended for experienced sailors who want to practice extended cruising involving sailing by day and night in potentially heavy weather conditions. Essential prerequisites are Intermediate Cruising and Coastal Navigation Standards, Red Cross or St John Ambulance Emergency First Aid certification and a VHF radio certificate.

There are two parts to this course being theory and afloat time which will involve at least 2 days at sea, sailing on watches, maintaining a deck log and DR plot. Day and night crew overboard maneuvers and anchoring and docking under sail.

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