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Bewley Sailing is a member school of Sail Canada, formerly the Canadian Yachting Association (CYA), which governs the sport of sailing in Canada. All our programs are taught to their standards, which emphasise safety and good seamanship.
The Learn to Cruise division of Sail Canada / CYA, of which we are a part, teaches students to crew, or act as skipper aboard cruising sailboats.  There are a number of courses laid out to achieve this end and they are listed below.

The most popular training we do is the Basic Cruising course.  This takes a student with limited or no prior experience, over a period of 5 days, to the point where they can skipper a sloop of 6 to 10 metres in familiar waters in good conditions.
This then qualifies them to operate or rent such a vessel in protected waters where they can practise their new skills. 
Those who wish to bareboat in the Gulf Islands, Virgin Islands or other popular boating areas should then take their Intermediate Cruising standard which is accepted in these areas as suitable proof of competence.  Advanced Cruising and Coastal Navigation training is also available.

Choose from the following Sail Canada / CYA course options:

Basic Crew (Competent Crew) - Become a useful member of a sail boat crew.

Basic Cruising (Day Skipper) - Learn to take command.

Intermediate Cruising (Bareboat Skipper) - Extend your skippering skills and gain greater confidence.

Advanced Cruising (Coastal Skipper) - Experience the challenges of heavier weather and night sailing.

Coastal Navigation Standard -Find your way safely from A to B.

Coast Guard Card (Pleasure Craft Operator Card) - Mandatory licence for powered pleasure craft.

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Basic Cruising Skills

The authorised text for the Sail Canada Basic Cruising Standard is Gillian West's book, BASIC CRUISING SKILLS. This is available for purchase in advance at a price of $40.00 CDN (includes shipping and taxes) and is refundable against the cost of the course.

Canadian Yachting Association Logbook

Upon successful completion of the course, you will be awarded the appropriate CYA certification to be recorded in your International Cruising Logbook recognised the world over by other national authorities.

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