Sailing School

Learn how to navigate at Navtours

our sailing school allows you to be introduced to sailing - or to improve your navigation skills - with our enthusiastic certified instructors.

Navtours sailing school is approved by the Fédération de voile du Québec (F.V.Q) (Quebec Sailing Federation) and provides activities for initiation to sailing, elementary, intermediate and advanced practical training courses with recognized certification, practical lessons on how to manoeuvre a powerboat as well as classes to obtain a driver card for pleasure craft.

 

 

A recognized sailing school

The training programs offered by Navtours are endorsed by the Fédération de voile du Québec (F.V.Q) (Quebec Sailing Federation), the Canadian Yachting Association (C.Y.A) and the International Sailing Schools Association (I.S.S.A.). The Cruising on Sailboats International Handbook allows trainees to record their official licences and to register their practicum experience in order to facilitate the potential leasing of a sailboat.

Each training course takes place over a different period of time, according to the experience of the participants as well as their ease of learning. The obtainment of an official certification is conditional upon completion of a written exam to ensure assimilation of knowledge. The cost of this examination is included in our training rates.

Available training courses

  • Individual ASA Certification Courses
    • ASA 101, Basic Keelboat Sailing
      Demonstrated ability to skipper a sloop-rigged keelboat of approximately 20 to 27 feet in length by day in light to moderate winds and sea conditions. Knowledge of basic sailing terminology, parts and functions, helm commands, basic sail trim, points of sail, buoyage, seamanship and safety including basic navigation rules to avoid collisions and hazards. Auxiliary power operation is not required.ASA 103, Basic Coastal Cruising

     

    • ASA 103, Basic Coastal Cruising
      Demonstrated ability to skipper a sloop-rigged auxiliary powered (outboard or inboard engine) keelboat of approximately 25 to 35 feet length by day in moderate winds and sea conditions. Knowledge of cruising sailboat terminology, basic boat systems, auxiliary engine operations, docking procedures, intermediate sail trim, navigation rules, basic coastal navigation, anchoring, weather forecast interpretation, safety and seamanship.

     

    • ASA 104, Bareboat Cruising
      Demonstrated ability to skipper a sloop-rigged, auxiliary powered keelboat (or catamaran, if course is conducted on such) of approximately 30 to 45 feet in length during a multi-day cruise upon inland or coastal waters in moderate to heavy winds (up to 30 knots) and sea conditions. Course is conducted as a live-aboard cruise of at least 48 hours. Knowledge of provisioning, galley operations, boat systems, auxiliary engine operations, routine maintenance procedures, advanced sail trim, coastal navigation including basic chart plotting and GPS operation, multiple-anchor mooring, docking, health & safety, emergency operations, weather interpretation, and dinghy/tender operations.

     

    • ASA 105, Coastal Navigation (Independent Study)
      This is an intense course in charting and piloting which prepares you to navigate safely and confidently in all conditions of visibility.
    • Basic Keelboat Sailing (ASA 101) + Basic Coastal Cruising (ASA 103)
      6 instructional days / 5 overnights
    • Basic Coastal Cruising (ASA 103) + Bareboat Cruising (ASA 104)
      6 instructional days / 5 overnights
    • Basic Keelboat Sailing (ASA 101) + Basic Coastal Cruising (ASA 103) + Bareboat Cruising (ASA 104)
      9 instructional days / 8 overnights
  • For sailors with some or extensive experience (you will take a written exam and demonstrate your sailing skills in order to successfully receive credit for your challenge attempt).

    We administer challenge(s) when combined with the actual completion of one or more additional instructional course(s):

    • Challenge Basic Keelboat (ASA 101) + Complete Basic Coastal Cruising (ASA 103)
      4 instructional days / 3 overnights
    • Challenge Basic Keelboat (ASA 101) + Challenge Basic Coastal Cruising (ASA 103) + Complete Bareboat Cruising (ASA 104)
      5 instructional days / 4 overnights
    • Challenge Basic Keelboat Sailing (ASA 101) + Complete Basic Coastal Cruising (ASA 103) + Complete Bareboat Cruising (ASA 104)
      7 instructional days / 6 overnights
  • This certificate is useful when chartering in European / Mediterranean waters. It serves as proof of bareboat charter competency for Mediterranean chartering companies, many of which require the proficiency information displayed in a different format than the ASA Log Book.

    This certificate is awarded upon successful certification of all three courses: ASA 101, ASA 103, and ASA 104.

  • We specialize in all aspects of maneuvering under sail and docking techniques, anchoring techniques, crew overboard recovery, and much more.

    Private sailing instruction can be arranged as part of your Navtours charter rental:

    $75/hr for up to four students aboard your chartered sailboat with a three hour minimum.

    Instruction On Board Privately Owned Boat:

    $75/hr for up to four students with a three hour minimum.

  • For each class level, you must count the registration and certification fees, in addition to the sailboat leasing fees (vary according to the duration of the training and the length of the boat) and the board cash (the board cash covers the food, moorage fees when needed and other operation fee for the sailboat like fuel and gaz).

    Note: a minimum of four (4) trainees are required to ensure the realization of a training activity under the supervision of a certified instructor.

    American certification ASA

    • ASA 101: $250.08 US / pers. (includes the book, logbook, test and the ASA level stamp)
    • ASA 103: $194.14 US / pers. (includes the book, logbook, test and the ASA level stamp)
    • ASA 104: $195.05 US / pers. (includes the book, logbook, test and the ASA level stamp)
    • ASA 114: $189.01 US / pers. (includes the book, logbook, test and the ASA level stamp)

Our certified instructors

  • Brian White - ASA Certified / USCG Captain Instructors
  • Dan Inhelder - ASA Certified / USCG Captain Instructors

Our sailing instructors are certified by the American Sailing Association. They are all authorized to certify your knowledge acquisition and licence in your sailing logbook.