Start Keelboat Sailing

The Journey Begins

An 18-hour program designed for you to learn the fundamentals of being an active crew member aboard a keelboat. This program is designed for students to become comfortable and confident with sailing skills. We want to help create a safe and enthusiastic sailing community.

Course Length: 18 hours
Course Formats: Weekends~ Friday 6 to 9 pm; Saturday & Sunday 9 am to 5 pm
Evenings~ 2 evenings per week, for 3 weeks, 6 to 9 pm
Weekdays~ Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursdays (3 days), 9 am to 5 pm
$500 + HST
All materials and safe equipment are included.

Upon successful completion candidates will be awarded Sail Canada’s Start Keelboat Sailing Standard.


Please call 1-800-825-8719 to speak with one of our program directors that will take you through our registration process. They can gladly explain specific course details and will answer any questions you may have.


Please email info@1dsailing.com to get in touch with one of our program directors. They can gladly explain specific course details and will answer any questions you may have.

In Person

Stop by our head office in Oakville, Ontario and speak with one of our program directors to complete your registration. They can gladly explain specific course details and will answer any questions you may have. Please have a form of payment upon arrival: VISA, MasterCard, Certified Cheque, Money Order or Debit Card.

2340 Ontario St. Oakville, ON L6L 6P7 Canada

Business Hours: Monday – Friday 9:00am – 5:00p


  • Classroom payment due in full upon registration
  • Cancellation prior to start refund less 25%


  • Deposit $150 or 25% which ever is less
  • Balance due 30 days prior to start of the programs
  • Cancellation prior to 14 days refund less deposit amount
  • Cancellation within 14 days of the start – 50% refund


  • No refunds offered once a course has been started
  • One course/date change free of charge prior to the start date
  • Additional changes require a $50 administration fee

National One Design Sailing Academy
Refund Policy, Effective February 2015

I can't make all the lessons!

1DSailing will make every attempt to provide a make up time. The more notice we have that you won’t be able to make your lesson the better the chance of us finding someone to swap out with you. Remember that all of your teammates are counting on you to show up. Try not to miss a class.

What happens in inclement weather?

Our courses will run regardless of the weather outside. We will make the decision about going out sailing based on the conditions at sailing time as well as weather forecasts. In the event that the decision is made not to sail, a shore based session will be held. Plan to meet, with your gear ready to sail at the dock.

Is 1DSailing more expensive than other programs

No. The National One Design Sailing Academy has carefully researched the marketplace comparing other sail training programs as well as student trainee needs. 1DSailing designed it’s program to ensure that student needs are met while still remaining competitive with other programs. 1DSailing believes that learning to sail is a process where students obtain a secure foundation in the basics and proceed to more advanced levels. This takes time and must be accomplished through hours of hands on training.

Can I switch courses midstream?

1D Sailing will work to accommodate all students needs. Contact us to discuss any accommodations you need.

What skills do I need to have before I take the course?

You must be generally in good physical health. Sailing and boat handling are physical activities that require certain basic physical abilities. Otherwise, 1D Sailing’s program assumes you have no advance skills.

What personal equipment do I need to bring?

Each student must provide their own personal floatation device (PFD) or lifejacket. There are a vast number of certified PFDs and each student should find a PFD that is suitably sized and as comfortable as possible. The Law of Canada requires that all students and instructors be wearing their PFD whenever the boat is underway. 1DSailing does have PFDs available for sale where a student chooses to buy from us. In our experience, the PFDs we sell provide proper floatation as well as flexibility and comfort when moving about the boat.