Intermediate Cruising Standard - To be able to cruise safely in familiar waters as both skipper and crew of a sailing yacht of 9 to 12 meters, sloops rigged with an inboard engine, in moderate wind and sea conditions by day. The standard emphasizes on-the-water skills at a level acceptable for bare boat chartering for extended cruises in coastal waters.
The intermediate cruise practical course is intended for individuals who already navigate without the help of a captain on a keelboat and already have an elementary cruise certification from a recognized institution with courses that meet the requirements in effect in Quebec. Its content complies with the certification requirements from the Fédération de voile du Québec (F.V.Q) (Quebec Sailing Federation).
The intermediate practical sailing course provides theoretical knowledge and the basic experience to navigate in complete safety on a sailboat of 25 to 30 feet and in easy navigation and weather conditions, by day, in inland waters, in calm weather and with a moderate wind. According to his or her learning capacity, the trainee may act as captain or crew members. This training focuses on the practical skills necessary to carry out a cruise. It is not sufficient to carry out a cruise of long duration or further away from the coasts, but it allows the use of a sailboat to acquire a sailing experience.
A minimum of seven (7) days is required to accomplish this training which takes place preferably on the St. Lawrence River, or in North/South convoy. A theoretical test is mandatory to receive the certification after the stage completion.