|Payment |||Cheque, MasterCard, Visa|
|Neighbourhood |||Scarborough Southeast|
|Getting There |||Brimley Road Bus|
|Cross Street |||Brimley and Kingston Rd|
|Seasonal - Call Ahead|
Profile Last Updated: September 22, 2008
The foot of the Scarborough Bluffs is home to this sailing school, which offers training courses at all levels, in addition to a full line-up of activity options. From the base of Nautical Escapes, the downtown Toronto skyline, beaches and islands can be readily experienced. The first level of sailing can be mastered through a program that teaches chart reading, docking, knot tying, anchoring, emergency maneuvers and sailing skills. The intermediate course includes spending two weekends on a 42-foot Beneteau, on which boat systems, provisioning, living aboard, basic maintenance and applied navigation are taught. Finally, the advance course includes instruction in doing an overboard rescue in the dark and all the skills required to pursue sailing on the ocean.
Docked for Convenience
Nautical Escapes also offer a sailing club geared to people who want to navigate Lake Ontario on a regular basis, but without the hassles of owning their own boat. Members of the co-op can make reservations online and swap times with their fellow sailors with ease. Charter journeys come in several different flavours: Skippered, Bare-Boat, Team Building and Sunset cruises.
Kid Stuff and Community Spirit
The instruction at Nautical Escapes is very relaxed, with teachers happy to let newcomers pursue the sport at whatever pace they’re comfortable with. Each boat is equipped with a CD player to ensure the perfect soundtrack. Young skippers can work their way up the ladder through a program all on their own, with five different levels for ages 10-17. There’s an ongoing process of community building at Nautical Escapes, as those who share the boats during the season also swap observations and ideas regarding their watery pursuits.