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From May to October, VCJ deploys Elementary Sailing Cruise training (on-board captain or competent crew member) on Lake St-Louis , an exceptional lake for learning to sail: navigation aids, shoals , narrow passages between the islands!​ Departure is from the Pointe-Claire public wharf

Le lac St-Louis est un lac exceptionnel pour l'apprentissage de la voile : aides à la navigation, hauts fonds et passages étroits entre les iles !​ Le départ des 4 journées de cours se fait depuis le quai public de Pointe-Claire. Il est également possible de suivre cette formation l'hiver, en Guadeloupe et en Martinique.

The objective of this course is to navigate safely, as acompetent 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.


Participants will develop their skills in performing basic maneuvers in a relaxed environment, at their own pace,on Lake St. Louis, an exceptional lake for learning to sail: a host of learning opportunities and safe navigation!


The training is for a period of 4 days and its price is:

  • $766 + tax when you book 4 weekdays;

  • $806 + tax when you book 4 weekend days.


Practical training includes:

  • seamanship  (nautical knots);

  • departure from the quay and docking;

  • sea gaits (close, cross, reach, etc.);

  • maneuvers: tacks, gybes, man overboard, etc.

  • safety equipment required;

  • emergencies;

  • weather impact;

  • appropriate crew behaviour;

  • basic introduction to the Canadian navigation system, etc.

We invite you to consult the exhaustive description of Sail Canada.

2-step assessment:

  • practical exam, during the 4th day of training;

  • theoretical exam, written test of 2 hours based on the book “Introduction to cruising sailing”, published by Sail Canada in 2021, preferably dispensed after the practical exam (price: $50 before taxes).​

The theory exams will take place on Tuesdays, May 30, June 27, July 25, August 29 and September 26 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Grande Bibliothèque.


Book now your 4 days via our online calendar : select "Elementary Cruising Sailing - Day 1/4", and choose the date that suits you best. Finally, select a time: between 9:15 and 9:30. Each period of 5 minutes corresponds to a day of navigation (9:30 a.m. to 3:45 p.m.). Book days 2, 3 and 4, if necessary, in the same way.

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


You can offer the pleasure of a sailing cruise improvement session thanks to our gift cards.

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