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From May to October, VCJ deploys Basic Sailing Cruise training (on-board captain or competent crew member) on Lake St-Louis, an exceptional lake for learning to sail!

Lac St-Louis is an exceptional lake for learning to sail. Vast sailing areas, shallow waters and narrow passages between islands are all features that make for optimal learning!

The course departs from the Pointe-Claire public wharf.

Note that it is also possible to take this course in winter, in Guadeloupe and Martinique.

Voilier sur l'eau
Bonne humeur

The objective of this course is to navigate safely, as a competent captain or crew member, on a 6 to 10 meter sailboat, fitted with an inboard or outboard engine, in familiar waters, by day, in moderate winds and seas. It consists of practical training and theoretical training.

During the practical training, aboard one of our sailboats - Ressac, a GibSea 28 and Gens de mer, a First 29 - you'll cover the following elements:

  • seamanship (nautical knots) ;

  • departure from dock and berthing;

  • sea gears (upwind, beam, broad reach, etc.);

  • maneuvers: tacking, gybing, man overboard, etc.

  • safety equipment ;

  • weather impact;

  • basic introduction to the Canadian navigation system, etc.

We invite you to consult Voile Canada's complete description.

Nautical knots
Voilier Ressac

During the training days, we pay particular attention to practical aspects. Your captain will evaluate your seafaring behavior throughout, and a formal practical exam - maneuvers and seamanship - will take place on the afternoon of the last day. 


If you pass the theoretical part, and depending on your performance in the practical part, you will be awarded the title of Competent or Captain. In case you have never sailed before, you will maybe need an additional day to obtain your Skipper Title.


These certifications are recognized by the Fédération Voile Québec and Voile Canada.

These certifications are recognized by the Fédération Voile Québec and Voile Canada. 

Assessment in 2 stages :

  • practical exam ;

  • the theoretical exam, a 2-hour written test based on the book "Basic Cruising Standards", published by Voile Canada in 2021.

Look at the horizon

Rates :

4-day course: from $776 + tax :

  • 776 + taxes when you book 4 days Monday to Friday ;

  • 816 + tax when you book 4 days on Saturdays and Sundays.

  • Theoretical exam: $60 + tax.


The departure of these days of navigation is from Pointe-Claire public wharf.

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