Sail Canada Basic Coastal Navigation is now a prerequisite to the Sail Canada Intermediate (Bareboat Skipper) Standard.  Taught in a classroom setting, Basic Coastal Navigation covers the theory required to navigate safely in coastal or inland waters by day. This theory is applied in the Intermediate Cruising standard recommended prior to chartering.

Course Dates:

Spring 2023
Saturday, March 11 - 9 am to 5 pm
Sunday, March 12 - 9 am to 5 pm
Saturday, March 18 - 9 am to 5 pm
Sunday, March 19 - 9 am to 5 pm

Topics include:

Aids to Navigation
Chart Symbols,
The Navigator’s Compass and Compass Corrections,
Basic Tides and Tidal Currents,
Plotting Courses,
Calculating Times of Arrival,
GPS Basics, and
Preparing Pilotage Plans.

Homework will be completed in the classroom with some additional exercises available for some home study.
The cost is $400 (+ HST)  – The class size is limited to 10.
For any questions contact:   Ray Kirkham –
The textbook is available as a PDF if you would like to read any of it in advance to prepare for the course

VHF Course 

Leatrn all about the uses of marine radios, choice of frequencies, operation, phonetic alphabet, procedural words and phrases, as well as Digital Selective Calling and the Global Maritime Distress and Safety System, (DSC/GMDSS) all in a one day course.

A written test and oral exam will be given at the end of the day. Successful candidates will be given a temporary certificate upon completion of the course. The license will follow in the mail 4-6 weeks after the course. Materials included.

Refunds and Course Cancellations
Refunds for courses for which an individual has registered shall be provided under the following circumstances:
Course Cancellation: A full refund will be issued to a registrant in a course where due to low enrollment, the entire course is cancelled. Prior to the issuing of a refund, the registrant will be offered the opportunity to register in a like or similar course, should space be available.

Other: In other circumstances, the following criteria will apply:

In the event that cancellation is received 7 days prior to the start of any course, a refund will be issued less an administration fee of $ 100.
In the event that cancellation is received no later than the first day of the course, a refund will be issued less an administration fee of 50% of the course fee.
In the event that a participant transfers to another available course prior to the start of the course, only the fee difference between the courses shall be charged.
In the event of injury, a pro-rated refund amount will be established and the participant will be offered the choice between having the pro-rated refund applied towards re-registering for the course at a future time, or applied toward another course at RHYC in the future.
Should space be available in a program, students may be added to a course at a pro-rated fee based on the number of days participating. An administration fee may apply.
Participants asked to leave courses due to safety or disciplinary concerns shall not receive a refund of any funds paid to participate in the course.

Other than the above, refunds will not be issued to participants after they have begun a course, where the course has not been cancelled for some reason by RHYC.


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