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NYC hosts a variety of licencing courses, race seminars, workshops and general nautical courses year-round. Some of these courses are open to the public. See below for course details.

To register for any of these courses, please fill out our General Course Registration Form and submit completed form to [email protected], fax to 416-260-8780 or drop off at the club office.

Basic Anchoring Course

Members Only Course
Learn and practice the skills required to set your anchor smoothly and confidently so you can sleep peacefully while cruising away from home.

- Learn where, when, and how to anchor
- What makes a good anchorage?
- How do I know where and when to drop?
- How to work as a productive, low-stress team.
- What to do in more challenging situations (wind, waves, tight spaces, weeds) and what to do when things go wrong (dragging, foul weather, fouled anchor…)

Taught by Jeff Cassidy, Sail Canada Advanced Cruising and Navigation Instructor with over twenty years of teaching experience. In addition to the necessary technical skills, he teaches teamwork, preparation, planning and communication that take the stress out of cruising.

In addition to a 2.5 hour classroom session, this course includes an on-water coaching session in groups of 3-4, where each person will have a turn to do both critical roles (anchor handling and helm).

Learn together with your spouse, partner, or boat co-owner with a 50% discount on the second registration.

Course Date & Time:

Classroom Seminar - Tuesday, May 28, 2024 - 6:30-9:00 PM
On-Water Session - Select one of June 1 or 15 or 16 either morning session 10:00 AM -1:30 PM or afternoon 2:30 PM -6:00 PM (based on availability)

Course Fee - Members Only:

Boat Owner 1-Person Reg - $170 + HST
Boat Owner 2-Person Reg - $255 + HST
Non-Boat Owner Reg (pending availability) - $170 + HST
Non-Boat Owner Classroom Only - $45 + HST

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Toronto Harbour License Course

Open to Non-Members
Learn the Practices & Procedures of the Toronto Harbour in this one-night course.

Includes in-class instruction, on-water testing in a 16-foot powerboat and a written examination for your Toronto Power Vessel Operator Permit (PVOP).

*PLEASE NOTE - Pleasure Craft Operator Card (PCOC) required pre-requisite*

Course Date & Time:

Tuesday, June 4, 2024 from 7:00 to 9:00 PM

Course Fee:

NYC Members – $85 + HST
Non-Members – $110 + HST

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Marine Radio Course with DSC - ROC(M) Certification

Open to Non-Members
Provided by the Toronto Canadian Power and Sail Squadron exclusively for National Yacht Club

Learn emergency radio procedures and everyday operating techniques. Course content covers the uses of marine radios, choice of frequencies, operation, phonetic alphabet, procedural words and phrases, as well as Digital Selective Calling and the Global Maritime Distress and Safety System (DSC/GMDSS).

Registration includes course textbook, textbook, in person review session and examination for the Restricted Operator Certificate (Maritime) with DSC Endorsement. Independent study is required prior to the course date. Successful participants will receive their ROC(M) Licence, which is a lifelong certification and a requirement for all those using a VHF radio. This course also can be taken to upgrade your licence to include DSC endorsement.

To operate a maritime radio, you need the certificate. It’s the law!

*PLEASE NOTE - Pre-Study Required*

Course Date & Time:

Saturday, June 1, 2024 from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM

REGISTRATION DEADLINE - Monday, May 20, 2024 @ 4:00 PM

Course Fee:

NYC Members – $160 + HST
Non-Members – $200 + HST

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Marine Composites & Gelcoat Repair Seminar - Part 1

Open to Non-Members
Learn about marine composites and how they are used in this online seminar series with Geoff Wright of Blue Water Marine Services. Participants will develop a basic working knowledge of different materials, tools and repair techniques and how to use them safely.

A practical workshop will be offered in the summer (schedule TBA). Part 1 theoretical component will be required for participation in Part 2.

Course Date & Time:
Thursday, March 28 and April 4, 2024 from 6:30-9:00 PM

Course Fee:

NYC Members – $95 + HST
Non-Members – $130 + HST

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Marine Basic First Aid *Blended Online & In-Person Course*

Open to Non-Members
Be prepared for emergencies ashore or afloat! Refresh your first aid knowledge prior to the season, register today for the Blended Marine Basic First Aid Course hosted by NYC.

Taught by a certified Red Cross First Aid Instructor this course meets all the standards and requirements of Transport Canada outlined in Transport publication (TP) 13008 E. This is a comprehensive 16 hour course, with 7-8 hours of online training, and two 4-hour in-person training sessions which allows the participant to earn a rating certificate or endorsement, Master or Chief Mate limited certification, provide first aid on board a vessel engaged on a near-costal voyage, class 2, or sheltered waters.

Course Content:
  • Angina and Heart Attack
  • Stroke
  • Compression-Only CPR
  • Life-threatening External Bleeding
  • Life-threatening Internal Bleeding
  • Wound Care Head and Spine Injuries
  • Bone, Muscle, and Joint Injuries
  • Sudden Medical Emergencies
  • Environmental Emergencies
  • Poisons
  • Correct use of protective equipment (PPE), including donning and doffing a medical gown, mask, protective eyewear and gloves
Upon successful completion*, participants will receive a 3-year certification in Red Cross Basic Marine First Aid.

Course Date & Time:
Sunday, March 10, 2024 from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM

REGISTRATION DEADLINE - Monday, February 26, 2024 @ 4:00 PM

Course Fee:

NYC Members – $130 + HST
Non-Members – $160 + HST

*Students must attend 100% of the course and score at least 75% on the multiple choice knowledge test to be successful.

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Sail Canada Basic Coastal Navigation Course *Condensed Format*

Open to Non-Members
We are excited to be offering this course with returning instructor Jeff Cassidy! In this 5-day course you'll learn the basics of navigation theory including – the role of the navigator, how to read charts, basic plotting and position determination methods, how to use a compass and GPS, techniques that support planning and safe passage making and more.

Perfect for beginners, this course complements the Sail Canada Basic Cruising Course. Upon successful completion of this course you will be awarded Sail Canada’s Basic Coastal Navigation Standard. This course is a pre-requisite for the Intermediate Coastal Navigation Course and Intermediate Cruising Course.

Included in Course Fee:
Practice chart, printed copy of basic worksheets and tables, Sail Canada registration and logbook (if needed).
If you would prefer printed materials provided please see below for optional add-ons.

Students Must Provide:
Pencil, eraser, note paper, parallel ruler* or Portland plotter* and dividers*.

Optional Add-ons:
Binder of Printed Course Notes (full course slides, worksheets, colour Chart 1 excerpts) - $30 + HST
Brass Dividers - $35 + HST
Nickel Dividers - $14 + HST
Weems & Plath Rolling Parallel Rule - $35 + HST
Please request add-ons when registering. Supply is limited and will be available for pick up from the Club.
*available for purchase at Genco,, Nautical Mind or from course instructor (see above)

Course Date & Time:
Saturdays & Sundays from 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
January 27, 28, February 3, 4 - exam February 10, 2024
REGISTRATION DEADLINE - Tuesday, January 23, 2024

Course Fee:

NYC Members – $315 + HST
Non-Members – $470 + HST

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Sail Canada Intermediate Coastal Navigation Course

Open to Non-Members
Building on the information covered in the Basic Coastal Navigation Course, in this intermediate level you’ll learn how to safely plan and execute a long continuous passage including night sailing in unfamiliar coastal or inland waters, in all conditions of visibility, with or without electronic aids.

Taught on Zoom by returning instructor Jeff Cassidy, this 5-week course focuses on near shore navigation and covers position determination methods using non-electronic means, methods for dealing with current and leeway, determination of intermediate tidal heights and the impact that the Collision Regulations may have on navigational practice.
A prerequisite for this course is the Sail Canada Basic Coastal Navigation certification. The standard emphasizes the navigational skills at a level appropriate for bare boat chartering and for extended cruises in coastal waters.

Included in course fee:
Practice chart, printed copy of worksheets and tables, electronic course notes as well as a PDF of Canadian Chart 1.
If you would prefer printed materials provided please see below for optional add-ons.

Students must provide: 
Pencil, eraser, note paper, parallel ruler* or Portland plotter* and dividers*.
Clear workspace: recommend 4’ wide x 3’ deep for spreading out full chart.
A computer with Zoom installed (phone/tablet not recommended due to small screen size; Zoom is free to download and sign up)

Course Date & Time:
Coming in Winter 2025!

Course Fee:

NYC Members – Fees TBA
 Fees TBA