Learn to Cruise Online is a joint venture of Phil Morris (Wavelength Sailing School) and Rob McLean (Wavelength Sailing School, Barefoot Offshore Sailing School)
Phone: (613) 329-5540
Afloat courses cruising school website: learntocruise.ca
I learned to Sail in England and have been sailing on and off most of my life. When I came to Kingston over 25 years ago I began sailing regularly, originally in a DS 17 then an O’Day 25 and over the past 12 years in a CS 30 “Wavelength”. Although I considered myself an experienced sailor I took the CYA Basic Intermediate and Advanced cruising courses and through them gained a lot more experience and confidence in my sailing abilities. I corrected a few bad habits that I had acquired too!
I have always enjoyed teaching so I decided to pass on my passion of sailing to others by becoming an Instructor in 2001. I am an NCCP Coach and a registered Sail Canada Instructor for PCOC, Basic, Intermediate and Advanced Cruising, Coastal Navigation and Maritime Radio Certificate
I am also an IYT instructor certified to certify students to International Certificate of Competency (ICC) and International Bare boat Skipper
In 2010 I completed certification as a Sail Canada Senior Cruising Instructor Evaluator able to certify instructors to Advanced level and I regularly enjoy conducting instructor clinics.
I am also a member of the Canadian Power & Sail Squadron and have successfully completed a number of advanced courses including the Instructor course, Weather and Advanced Piloting Junior Navigation and Global Navigation (Offshore) courses. I volunteer as an Instructor for Power Squadron courses including Seamanship Sail. I have been on the executive for Collins Bay Yacht Club and am currently Vice-Commodore (again!).
I now teach around 11 live aboard courses annually and have taught over 140 courses and instructor clinics to more than 400 students in boats up to 50’on the waters of Lake Ontario, Lake Huron and in the Caribbean. I look forward to seeing you on the water and hope I can pass on my passion for sailing!
Phil Morris Sail Canada (CYA) Instructor #18564 IYT Instructor #20088
Rob McLean started sailing at the age of 4 and has 6 decades of sailing and boating experience. Since 1982 he has accumulated more than 20,000 miles on the Great Lakes, the Pacific and Atlantic coasts of North America, the Caribbean, and the Gulf of Mexico.
While his professional career continues, Rob enjoys spending a few months each year transmitting his passion for sailing to others. Rob is the Lead Instructor and Coordinator for Barefoot Offshore Sailing School (BOSS) in St. Vincent and the Grenadines. He combines expertise in modern marine electronics with a love of classic rigs and traditional techniques. His approach to instruction puts a priority on safety and learning proper manoeuvres, combined with calm patience as students acquire new skills, while keeping the learning process light-hearted, since sailing is as much about having fun as mastery of nautical competencies. He subscribes to the Arabic proverb that a day spent sailing is not counted against one’s allotted lifespan! There is no better place to experience this than SVG.
Rob is certified as a monohull and catamaran instructor at all Sail Canada and ASA levels from Basic to Offshore. He teaches Sail Canada and ASA Coastal Navigation, and ASA Celestial Navigation . He is also Sail Canada power boating instructor, and examines candidates for the Canadian Pleasure Craft Operator Card and Maritime radio certification. As a senior Sail Canada Instructor Evaluator and ASA Instructor Evaluator, he participates in training new instructors, and contributes to the ongoing development of the Sail Canada system as a member of various working groups and committees. In collaboration with Wavelength Sailing of Kingston Ontario, Rob co-founded LearnToCruiseOnline.ca, which offers online navigation, ashore knowledge, and maritime radio courses. Since 2017, LTCO has evolved to become the leading Canadian online source for recreational nautical education.
Rob is the only instructor certified in both the Sail Canada and ASA systems as both an Offshore instructor and an Instructor evaluator.
Rob’s passion for sailing began at age 4 on the shores of Georgian Bay, and continued into his teen years in a variety of dinghies. In 1982 he acquired a 1948 Danish Folkboat, and in 2001 moved up to a 1962 53’ Norwegian ketch. In 2010 he helped rescue a 1970 42’ Grand Banks trawler, and now also shares with his partner Monica Sheridan a 1985 62’ gaff and square-rigged steel schooner designed by Thomas Colvin. A journey to take Interlude from Lake Ontario to the southern Caribbean is in progress.
Rob McLean Sail Canada (CYA) Instructor #155595 IYT Instructor #20803 ASA instructor #2017073564