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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, fax to 416-260-8780 or drop off at the club office.


Marine Electrical Maintenance Course

Open to Non-Members
Learn the ins and outs of your boat's electrical systems in this 3-Weekend Course by the Canadian Power Squadron. Gain the confidence to tackle direct current, shore power and communications installations.

Topics Include: 
- Boat electrical wiring practices
- Direct Current (DC) power
- Alternating Current (AC) power
- Galvanic and stray current corrosion
- Lightning protection
- Troubleshooting electrical problems
- How to use a multimeter
- How to solder and crimp
- How to read electrical wiring diagramsposition determination methods

Marine Electrical Systems textbook included with registration.

Course Date & Time:

Saturdays & Sundays, February 22, 23, 29, March 1, 7 & 8, 2020 - 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM

Course Fee:

NYC Members – $165 + HST
Non-Members – $198 + HST

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Intermediate Coastal Navigation

Open to Non-Members - Prerequisite: Basic Coastal Navigation Standard
Continue your nautical navigation education in this 3-weekend Sail Canada certified course. You'll learn how to safely plan and navigate long passages and night sailing in unfamiliar coastal or inland waters.

Topics Include: 
- position determination methods
- navigation without electronics
- methods for dealing with current and leeway
- determination of intermediate tidal heights
Upon successful completion of this course you will be awarded Sail Canada's Intermediate Coastal Navigation Standard.

Course Date & Time:

Saturdays & Sundays, February 29, March 1, 7 & 8 - exam March 14, 2020 - 10:30 AM to 3:00 PM

Course Fee:

NYC Members – $210 + HST
Non-Members – $305 + HST

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Spring Race Seminar Series 

Open to Non-Members
Prepare for a season of sailing fast in our 4-PART racing seminar series. With guest instructors covering a range of relevant racing topics you are sure to pick up a few pro tips before the season.

#1 - Getting Around the Cans
Thursday, March 26 - 6:30 PM - with Nigel Crosscombe

Nigel Crosscombe, Ontario Sailing Learning Facilitator, will share tips on all things mark rounding - boat handling for efficiency, rules at roundings and how they apply, setting up a solid strategy and making tactical decisions around the cans.

#2 - Getting Off The Starting Line
Thursday, April 2 - 6:30 PM - with Terry McLaughlin

Two-time Olympian and Olympic/PanAm games silver medalist, Terry McLaughlin, will cover the “must-dos” that should be a part of every racer’s pre-start routine.

#3 - Getting Around The Course Fast… and Clean
Thursday, April 9 - 6:30 PM - with Scott Collinson

Get a deeper understanding of the Racing Rules of Sailing. When to push and when to play conservative. As a Sail Canada Regional Judge, Scott knows the ins and outs of the Protest Room and will share tips if you find yourself there.

#4 - Getting Your Sails Trimmed Right
Thursday, April 16 - 6:30 PM - with Samantha Webster

Samantha Webster of Quantum Sails, will cover the finer points of maximizing upwind sail trim using sail controls and sheeting. Getting the most out of your sails for acceleration, holding your lane and more.

Course Fee:

NYC Members – $20 + HST per session OR ALL 4 Sessions for $65 + HST
Non-Members – $30 + HST per session OR ALL 4 Session for $100 + HST

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Offshore Personal Survival Course

Open to Non-Members
This two-day training course is perfect for cruisers and offshore racers interested in preparing for boating in open water. Course instructor Eric Hill is Yachtmaster Instructor, endorsed ISAF Sea Survival instructor for offshore racing and is a qualified Advanced Medical First Responder. This course includes practical and tehoretical sessions and participants receive a World Sailing certificate of competence required for offshore racing valid for a period of five years.

Topics Include: 
- Heavy Weather Seamanship
- Ocean Safety
- Best Practices for Cruisers and Offshore Racers
- Practical Sessions in a Swimming Pool
- Flare Training
Successful participants will receive a World Sailing certificate of competence required for offshore racing valid for a period of five years.

Course Date & Time:
Saturday, March 28 - 9:30 AM - 4:45 PM NYC Classroom
Saturday, March 28 - 5:45 PM - 7:45 PM Alderwood Pool (Etobicoke)
Sunday, March 29 - 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM NYC Classroom

Course Fee:

NYC Members – $549 + HST
Non-Members – $569 + 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

The Maritime Radio course teaches emergency radio procedures and everyday operating techniques. Learn all about 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).

All mariners, including recreational boaters, will want to take advantage of the many features and capabilities of this innovative form “automatic” radio. Secure your lifeline. Be sure that you and your family take the Maritime Radio course.

This course which includes the Maritime Radio Course textbook, will prepare you for the Restricted Operator Certificate (Maritime) with DSC Endorsement exam which is taken in the afternoon. 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!

Some reading and memorization is required prior to the course.
Course Date & Time:
Saturday, April 4, 2020 - 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM
*REGISTRATION DEADLINE - Monday, March 30, 2020*

Course Fee:

NYC Members – $120 + HST
Non-Members – $138 + HST

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Toronto Power Vessel Operators Permit (Harbour License)

Open to Non-Members
The Practices and Procedures of the Toronto Port Authority state that a person operating a power driven vessel in the waters of the Port and Harbour of Toronto must be in possession of valid marine certification recognized by Transport Canada and the Toronto Port Authority.

The Toronto Port Authority Operators Permit for Power Driven Vessels is a one-evening course involving an on-water test followed by in-class instruction and a written test. The National Yacht Club provides a 16-foot powerboat for the use of students during their on-water examination.
Course Dates & Times:

2020 Dates TBA

Course Fee:

NYC Members – TBA
Non-Members – TBA

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