$ 2095 pp
Last minute discounts available
Sail Canada Monohull Learn-n-Cruise offers Sail Canada Basic and Intermediate certifications. Sail Canada Intermediate Cruising is recognised by most charter companies around the world as a Captain’s Licence for charter purposes.
As the most active sailing school in the south-eastern Caribbean, and the longest-established (more than 20 years), we run ASA courses most weeks of the year, and Sail Canada courses November through April.
The course runs 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 certifcation without problems, and we’ve had many guests who have also completed Sail Canada Intermediate the same week – though to do this you should carefully study the preparatory materials prior to arrival. Many sailors who already have their Sail Canada Basic Cruising certification enjoy the challenge of completing Sail Canada Intermediate in the Grenadines.
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. Because of the small number of guests on board the yacht 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.
- Most guests arrive the day before the course starts. Guests meet up with the Instructor around 10.00 a.m. on Sunday, and, after briefings you’ll board the yacht, stow your gear and be shown some of the basic on-board systems. After lunch, you’ll set sail for Bequia, northernmost of the Grenadines.
- The sailing itinerary will be flexible according to weather conditions, but a typical 1-week cruise will take guests to all the high spots of the Grenadines – Bequia, the Tobago Cays, Mayreau, Union Island, Canouan – and will cover around 90 miles of cruising. Distances between most islands are short (from 2 to 5 hours) and there will be ample time for relaxation, swimming, snorkelling or exploring ashore.
- We provide everything you will need including linens and towels, snorkel gear and most food. Students are expected to share in meal preparation and clean-up duties. You just need to pack a few clothes – a swimsuit, your sandals and a desire to learn and sail in this tropical environment.
- During the week your instructor will cover the curriculum for two levels of certification: Sail Canada Basic Cruising, and Sail Canada Intermediate Cruising. The course will end on Saturday around noon.
- Although no prior on-the-water experience is required, if you have a friend back home who has a yacht and can get you out on the water for a day, you’ll find that this will be of great benefit.
Our courses are generally 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