Skipper's Plan

This program will take you from complete beginner to bareboat skipper standard in one season. This is the CYA/FVQ recommended level for chartering. Graduates from this program have been accepted by charter companies for boats up to 40 feet.

Skipper's Plan includes the following plus other benefits:

Basic Cruising
Coast Guard Pleasure Craft Operator Card PCOC)
Marine Radio Operator's Certificate
Coastal Navigation
Intermediate Cruising

Here is the program plan.

Program plan

Here are the details of what is included in the course fee:

Basic Cruising

This can be taken in any of the available formats but the recommended method is two separate weekends or 5 consecutive days. As soon as you register for the program the course material will be sent to you so you can start studying immediately.

Coast Guard Pleasure Craft Operator Card (PCOC)

Since Sept 2009 every boater is required to have this card. The course material will be available to you on registration and the short exam taken at your convenience.

Coastal Navigation

The material will be sent to you on registration. Coaching and practical application will be given during the experience building sessions. You may elect to take this course prior to starting Basic Cruising. You also have the option of attending a class in the fall if home study is not your preferred method of learning.

Radio Operator Permit

Although this is not formally required it is recommended that you complete it as early as possible. The material will be given to you on registration. Again coaching and practical application will be given during the experience building sessions.

Seasonal Boat Use Package

Once you have graduated from Basic Cruising you will be allowed use of our practice boats for the balance of the season. You will be given priority reservation rights.

Experience Building Sessions + Private Coaching

Ten days sailing experience as a skipper are recommended as a pre-requisite to CYA Intermediate cruising. When you register we will identify mutually convenient dates for you to gather the necessary experience. Some of these sessions will be sailing on your own and some with an experienced skipper. Flexibility is built into the program so you can have individual day sails, weekends, or multi-day cruises. Whatever will work for you. Subject to space availablity you will be offered opportunities to spend time cruising on board in the 1000 Islands.

Intermediate Cruising

This can be taken as two separate weekends or 5 consecutive days (recommended format).

All Inclusive Price

The price of this program is all-inclusive. Everything (with the exception of alcoholic beverages and meals ashore) is included from the minute you arrive on the boat until you leave. All course material, instruction, private coaching, exam fees, certification fees, logbook, all included.

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