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2024 Courses Offered  

Flexible Format for Training


[With pre-registration and full payment by cheque or eTransfer]



Pleasure Craft Operator’s Card (PCOC)   -- REQUIRED BY LAW!!  Make sure you don't leave home without it!!!  Introduction and accredited Canadian Coast Guard Boating Safety course that yields a Pleasure Craft Operator's Card (PCOC) required for operating any pleasure craft or  vessel with a motor in Canada.  Required for all ages in all power vessels.  [Details Below]  

BASIC CRUISING -- This course is designed to certify you as a skipper.  Register for course starting April 2024..  Includes the PCOC.    Theory and practical course for beginners.  Practical on Chestermere Lake, Chestermere, AB.

BASIC & INTERMEDIATE COASTAL NAVIGATION -- Designed to keep you safe in coastal waters.     


INTERMEDIATE CRUISING -- Designed to make you comfortable Bareboat Skippering a 30 to 45 cruising yacht.   This training will be on your vessel, chartered or personal.  Theory will be in the spring of 2024 with practicals arranged in late spring or summer of 2024.  .  

Call for more details.  

GPS & ELECTRONIC CHARTS SEMINAR   Seminar available on 2024  MARCH TBA  -- This is a one day seminar to help the novice learn the basics of GPS and Electronic Charts.  Helps to plan summer options for the boat. [Details Below]   

MARITIME VHF RADIO COURSE -- Leads to your Restricted Marine Operators Certificate,  necessary for using Marine radios.  Includes DSC Endorsement   2024 MARCH TBA . --  REGISTER NOW so we call you with details. [Details Below]  


The Pleasure Craft Operator's Card (PCOC) is Mandatory since September 2009 if you are operating any vessel with a motor!!! We offer an introduction and accredited Canadian Coast Guard Boating Safety Course that yields a Pleasure Craft Operator's Card (PCOC) required for operating any pleasure craft or  vessel with a motor in Canada.  This includes most small fishing boats and all personal water craft. This course is included at no extra charge in the Basic Cruising Standard.  This course is offered through correspondence or a class setting *.  Two versions of correspondence are available.  Do a self-study and then challenge the exam [$155] or do a self-study, have a two hour review prior to the exam [$175].  Course includes the materials and the Card for successful students.  Discounts are available for multiple registrations.  Class settings can be arranged for evenings or weekends [Starting at $145 depending of number of students and sessions.] *

BASIC CRUISING --  [Start In April 2024]  Theory and practical course for beginners to learn and develop skills as a crew member and as a skipper.  .

Class theory sessions and practicals start 2024 mid-April.    

Register and phone for more details.  NO OBLIGATION FOR REGISTRATION.  

This course starts April 22,24, 29 and May1 2024    The local sailing course offered in Calgary, Alberta starts with the Theory Monday and Wednesday evening from !9:00 to 22:00 for two weeks, with the Practical on the water portion starting in May.  Same certification as the sailing courses at the coast only you make up your own sailing schedule on evenings and weekends.  This leaves your holiday time available for chartering or cruising.  Course cost is $1495 per person all inclusive.  (Includes materials, theory classes and practical on the water classes in Calgary, AB)  Registration now for next year’s course.  [This may be the last one offered through Wildrose]  We will have to limit it to the first 10 applications on a first come, first served basis, due to the current situation.   10% savings ($150) is available for all fully paid registrations prior to February 1st.   Remember, this course offered only once a year. 

This sailing course is designed to take a student to the level of  the Sail Canada Basic Cruising Standard in moderate wind and sea conditions.  You will learn:  sailing terminology and parts and pieces of the boat; required and recommended equipment; safety; rules of the road; weather; duties of skipper and crew; and good seamanship to make the sport of cruising safe and enjoyable.  The afloat skills involve checking out a boat; maneuvering under power, docking and anchoring; maneuvering under sail; raising; lowering, reefing and furling of the sails; safety techniques for Crew Overboard under power and sail and how to snug the boat down for the night.  The course consists of a minimum of 18 hours on the water training.  Most students get between 21 and 24 hours of afloat training.  The course in Calgary includes all the materials, exams, practical and certification.  There are no prerequisites and along with the Coastal Navigation course this is considered to be the foundation of being able to charter worldwide. 

COASTAL NAVIGATION --  [Start on 2024 JANUARY 17]  Designed to keep you safe in coastal waters.  As of 2018, Coastal Navigation is offered in two parts, BASIC Coastal Navigation and INTERMEDIATE Coastal Navigation. [The complete description of these Standards can be seen by going to Sailng.ca, then clicking on Programs>Sailors>Navigation.]  Our navigation courses teach you the theory and practical techniques of navigating in coastal waters.  You will learn how to determine your position, plot and plan your passages, interpret tide and current tables, as well, be introduced to modern electronics navigation instruments and techniques, including GPS.  The course is available through a self-study correspondence/online course. Course fee includes all the materials, charts, instruments, the exam and the SAIL CANADA Coastal Navigation Standard certification in Basic/Intermediate Navigation for those who pass the exam.  Our course is supplemented with plenty of exercises, cruises and the answers to assist you in achieving this standard.  Soon, there will be a video DVD option to assist you.  There are no prerequisites for the Basic Coastal Navigation Standard and along with the Basic Cruising course these standard are considered to be the foundation of being able to charter worldwide.  

 Correspondence and Online course available now.  Register now so you are ready for sailing in 2024.. 

Classroom course starts Wednesday, 2024 JANUARY 17 FOR BASIC NAV, and March 6 for INTERMEDIATE NAV [starts one week after completion of Basic Nav] .  REGISTER NOW FOR BEST SAVINGS.

Course cost is $450 per person for the Basic Coastal Navigation course all inclusive.  (Includes materials, charts, instruments and theory classes in Calgary, AB)  Course available now. Enquire for discounts.  Intermediate Coastal Navigation course has a prerequisite of the Basic Coastal Navigation Standard.  Cost is $350 for Intermediate Coastal Nav. Registration for both is reduced to total of $695 for both Basic and Intermediate Coastal Navigation Courses if registered and paid together.  

GPS & ELECTRONIC CHART SEMINAR -- Introduces GPS techniques and demonstrates some basic Electronic and Charting Software.   A Great Seminar prior to buying that new GPS.  A lunch is included.  [This seminar is $25 with a Basic/Intermediate Coastal Navigation Courses.]  

This seminar will be held 2024 in March from 10:00 to 16:00  DATE TBA

All past and present Nav students are eligible for the course.   Just in time for an informed decision on which GPS to buy for marine applications for the cruising season.  Lunch will be provided and seminar will wrap up about 16:00.  Non Nav students can register for the Seminar for $125 all inclusive. 

Seminar takes you through the basics of GPS and describes the terminology. You will learn how to enter waypoints and routes.  Shows you how the GPS displays your tracks and how we can use this info.  There will be a discussion of interfacing your  GPS to other instruments and some of the benefits.  There will be a demonstration of using GPS Mapping techniques and some of the software available to tie in the GPS data.  You receive a full set of seminar notes and will participate in an exercise here in Calgary to demonstrate the use of the GPS.  [Some GPS units will be available but participants are urged to bring their own units if they have them.]  Discounts for couples or early registration.

INTERMEDIATE CRUISING -- Makes you comfortable on a cruising yacht.  One course was done summer 2021.  Phone for details if you would like to complete an Intermediate in 2024.

This sailing course is designed to take a student to the next level in the  Sail Canada Standards in moderate wind and sea conditions.  Emphasis of this course is on passage planning and learning live aboard skills to make cruising more enjoyable.  You will learn:  passage planning; resources of info for planning;  galley safety and cooking techniques; weather interpretation; seamanship in the event of emergencies; docking, rafting  and anchoring techniques; navigation and piloting; rope handling and splicing; [possible option: how to sail with the gennaker (cruising spinnaker)]  and how to improve your sailing skills. The course requires a cruising yacht in coastal waters.It includes all the materials, exams, practical and certification.  Cost ranges between $700 and $1200 depending on the number of students on the practical portion.  The Sail Canada Basic Cruising Standard, Sail Canada Basic Coastal Navigation, VHF Radio and a Standard First Aid course are prerequisites.  A Fast-Track Schedule for those that want to cruise in the larger boats by summer involves starting this prior to the Basic in April.   Discounts for early registration and for multiple registrations.  OFFERED AS A COURSE NEXT YEAR STARTING IN JANUARY 2023.  WILL PROVIDE SAIL CANADA EXAMINATION AND CERTIFICATION TO EXPERIENCE SAILORS WANTING THEIR PAPERS FOR CHARTERING.  CALL FOR MORE DETAILS.  

MARITIME VHF RADIO COURSE -- Leads to your Restricted Marine Operators Certificate, necessary for using Marine radios or the more Advanced Standards.  Includes DSC endorsement.  It runs for 4 hours on two consecutive Saturdays. Registrations now for the course starting in 2024  Dates TBA.  This is a Canadian Power and Sail Squadron designed course.  Industry Canada no longer offers this for free.  We have loads of fun with hands on radio practice before the exam and certification. You will learn the proper terminology, radio etiquette and safety techniques to assist you in communication in the marine environment.   A lifetime VHF Restricted Radio Operator's Certificate with DSC endorsement is awarded after you successfully pass the exam. This can be done as an add-on to other courses offered by Wildrose.   There are no prerequisites.  Cost is $175 all inclusive.  Discounts for early registration or multiple registrations. 



Course /Seminar       Theory        Practical               

Coastal Navigation       HO*             HO         

Basic Cruising              HO*             CL       

Intermediate Cruising   HO             WC 


VHF Radio / GPS         HO*             HO


Legend to Locations

HO -- Home Office -- 10 Confederation Villas NW Calgary

CH — Chestermere Lake, Chestermere, AB

WC -- West Coast -- Arranged to suit individuals preference in San Juan Islands or Gulf Islands.

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