Advanced Cruising Standard

This Advanced Cruising Standard live-aboard course develops the sailors’ ability to take command of and effectively operate a sailing vessel day or night in an extensive range of possible weather conditions and up to 100 nautical miles from shore. Students will be provided the opportunity to operate the vessel as skipper and crew under sail and power while making a passage of 48 hours or more. 

Practical topics covered include sail selection and use of the controls typically available on sloop rig vessels to maintain sail shape appropriate for the conditions encountered. Students will have the opportunity to practice and develop skills including coastal piloting, mooring pickup under sail, anchoring under sail and handling of emergencies including the actions to take in a crew overboard situation. Theory covered as part of this standard includes vessel propulsion and balance, basics of vessel stability, handling of emergencies, preparation for and dealing with heavy weather, weather forecasting with focus on systems lows and related frontal systems, piloting and navigation skills as well as vessel fall layup and spring launch. 

This course builds on the skills developed in the Sail Canada Start Keelboat Sailing, Basic Cruising and Intermediate Cruising courses as well as the Basic and Intermediate Coastal Navigation courses. Candidates are expected to be able to competently demonstrate the skills developed in those courses.

Objective: To be able to act safely as skipper and crew of a sailing cruiser of 10 to 15 meters, any modern rig and inboard engine, operating within 100 miles of shore by day and night in coastal or inland water in any weather.


  • Sail Canada Basic Cruising and Sail Canada Intermediate Cruising Standards
  • Sail Canada Basic Coastal Navigation and Sail Canada Intermediate Coastal Navigation Standards or Sail Canada Coastal Navigation Standard
  • ROC(M) VHF with DSC endorsement

Requirements for certification: 

  • Pleasure Craft Operator’s Card (or equivalent)
  • Recognized Standard First Aid and CPR certificate

Note: To maximize the likelihood of successfully completing the Advanced Cruising Standard, a student should:

  1. Have experience as skipper of at least two season or 20 days of cruising, 
  2. Be able to consistently use the knowledge and demonstrate the skills learned in the Intermediate Cruising and Intermediate Coastal Navigation Standards.

For more information on Advanced Cruising Standard course, please visit Sail Canada course description.

Cost: TBA

Upcoming Course Schedule: 2022 schedule coming soon

Advanced Cruising Standard Sign-up:

Please complete the following sign-up form and review the waiver. After submission, you should expect a response within two business days. If you do not hear back from us, you can reach us at (289) 579-9920.

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