Basic Sailing Courses


The easiest way to learn is by doing, so our courses are designed to maximize practical experience. Key points are covered in classroom sessions, but 80% of your time will be spent on the water.

Our basic sailing courses follow the internationally recognized curriculum which was designed by Sail Canada. Start with CANSail 1 and work your way up.

Following your introductory course we have a variety of options available to further your development, whether you want to cruise coastal waters, race in local regattas or simply sail a small boat around English Bay.


A great format for optimal retention, these 15 hour courses run Monday to Friday (3 hrs/day eg. 9-12, 1-4, 6-9).

Levels offered: CANSail 1 & 2

Course fee: $360

16 hour courses over two successive weekends (4 hrs/day eg. 9-1 or 2-6), also some intensive long weekend courses.

Levels offered:  CANSail 1, 2 & 3

Course fee: $380


MacSailing offers private instruction for all ages and levels on any boat in our fleet. We have the largest coaching team in Canada. Our instructors come from a variety of sailing backgrounds ranging from national sailing team member to offshore cruiser.