For bookings arranged after January 31, 2022
Last minute discounts available
The Sail Canada Learn-n-Cruise Catamaran course covers the Sail Canada Basic Cruising, Intermediate Cruising, and the Sail Canada Catamaran Endorsement. Sail Canada Intermediate Cruising is recognised by most charter companies around the world as a Captain’s Licence for charter purposes.
We run Sail Canada courses most weeks from the beginning of November through the end of April.
On account of the design, construction and sailing characteristics of a Multihull, there are certain aspects of groundwork sail training which are more easily demonstrated on a Monohull (single hull). Whilst it’s not an issue for complete novices to take our Cat cruises, if you have the opportunity to get out on a monohull prior to arrival, we strongly recommend that you do so – it will stand you in good stead.
Catamarans are a gentler introduction to life afloat than a monohull – they don’t heel (“lean over”) and have tons more deck space. They are very often also faster than single-hulled yachts.
The courses run from a Sunday morning through the following Saturday afternoon, and during the week you’ll learn the basics of sailing. Guests with zero or minimal prior sailing experience should be able to get through the Sail Canada Basic Cruising certifcation without problems, and we’ve had many guests who have also completed Sail Canada Intermediate and the Catamaran Endorsement – though to do this you should carefully study the learning resources prior to arrival. Folks who have had some previous on-the-water experience will find it easier to progress through Sail Canada Intermediate and the Catamaran Endorsement.
Our courses are entirely hands-on, live-aboard – no falling asleep behind a classroom desk! Because of this, you’ll find that the learning curve is steep and we’ve found over the years that the majority of our guests are surprised at how much they were able to get through.
Whilst the aim of these cruises is to offer guests the opportunity to pass an internationally recognised certification on board an ocean-going yacht, we also remember that this is a vacation – and thus leisure time will be available for swimming, snorkelling, diving, or exploring ashore. The Instructor will run the course at the pace of the guests, with their safety and comfort of prime importance and guests will have every opportunity to participate in the planning of the itinerary and daily schedule.
We will do our best to match up guests with similar objectives and to enable them to achieve the level of certification that equates to their experience. Instruction is highly personalized and therefore differing levels of experience amongst the guests does not necessarily present a problem.
NOTE: Prices above are USD per person based on a double occupany of a cabin/berth, and may include sharing a berth in a cabin or sleeping in a converted berth in the saloon. To reserve a cabin for single occupany, the single occupany supplement is $500.
- Students usually meet up with the Instructor at 1o a.m. on the Sunday. You’ll then board the yacht, stow your gear and be given a vessel orientation and safety briefings. After lunch, the yacht will set sail for Admiralty Bay, Bequia, only an hour across the channel.
- Neither the itinerary nor the day’s schedule are carved in stone, but the typical day will consist of:
Early morning, swim, breakfast on board
4 to 6 hours under sail and instruction
At a new anchorage by mid afternoon
De-briefings, time to explore ashore or swim/snorkel
Sunset drinks on board
Dinner on board or ashore
- We provide pretty well everything you’ll need including linens and towels (also beach towels), full snorkel gear, and food for most meals. Students are expected to share in meal preparation and clean-up duties.
- The yacht will be in the 38 to 45 foot range
- During the week the instructor will cover the curriculum for three levels of certification: Sail Canada Basic Cruising, Sail Canada Intermediate Cruising, and the Sail Canada Catamaran Endorsement. The course will end on Saturday, with the yacht returning before noon so a flight departure of 3.00 p.m. or later will work fine – though if you need to leave earlier, please let us know and we can work around it.
- Although no prior sailing is required, if you own a boat or have friends who own one, it will be an advantage to try and get out on the water before you get here
BOSS courses are usually the best-priced anywhere in the Caribbean – we can do this because we’ve been running the school for more than 20 years, run the classes most weeks of the year, fill the slots, and have many returning guests.
- Fully-equipped yacht with Sail Canada Instructor
- Food for 6 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 3 evening meals
- Sail Canada Log book
- Fuel, ice, tank water
- Hull insurance
- Charter Licence
Does not include:
- Air fare and ground transfers
- Cruising permit – $14 per person
- Cleaning / disinfection fee of $250.00 per person
- Single supplement for single occupancy of a berth / cabin (refundable if you are willing to share a berth and we are able to match you with another person for double occupancy)
- Examinations, if passed – $35 each
- 3 evening meals
- Instructor gratuity at your discretion