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Sailing Schools

The following reputable Sailing Schools are directly affiliated with the International Sail and Power Association.  We invite you to contact them to learn safe and skillful use of your pleasure craft!  Note:  Click on the "+" sign next to each name to learn more or to visit their website. 

blue pacific yacht charters

Visit Website Blue Pacific Yacht Charters, situated in British Columbia Canada, is a Vancouver yacht charter company, specializing in bareboat sail and power boat charters. Alternatively, you can hire a qualified instructor to help create unforgettable vacation memories aboard our late model charter yachts or do a Cruise and Learn course.  

Central Coast Water Adventures

No Website.  606 Cliff Street, Bella Coola, BC V0T 1C0,  Ph. (250) 799-5479  Learn to sail in one of Canada’s most beautiful places abounding in wildlife, magnificent mountains, glaciers and wilderness. The deep fiords, hot springs and great winds in the summer months could just spoil you forever. Make it a holiday as you learn from Janice Kyle, a seasoned sailor of many decades Victoria to Skagway – and beyond. A maximum of four students ensures a quality learning experience aboard ‘Circe”, a Moody 33. From one to six day options, International Sail and Power Association Competent Crew to Coastal Skipper.  Contact us for more details at sailbellacoola@gmail.com  

Desolation Sound Yacht Charters

Visit WebsiteDesolation Sound Yacht Charters offers International Sail and Power Association SAIL and POWER courses designed to fit your skill level and your schedule.  Put your friends or family together for the week that works for you, charter the yacht of your choice, add the International Sail and Power Association instructor and course manuals and you’ve got your personalized course. You can spend your time cruising the Desolation Sound area while you learn to operate your sail or power yacht. What a great experience to live aboard, navigate and drive your yacht while exploring one of the most magnificent cruising areas on the BC coast. 

Contact us for more details at charter@desolationsoundyachtcharters.com  or check out our website www.desolationsoundyachtcharters.com

Helmsman Cruise and Learn

Visit Website  At Helmsman Cruise and Learn we believe that the Gulf Islands are incredible and that while you’re here, you should experience all that they have to offer.

Our “cruise and learns” are customized marine adventures with an onboard wildlife naturalist and sailing instructor.

You'll experience the cruising lifestyle, learn about the wildlife you'll see, and improve your sailing capability by taking an ISPA certified course all at the same time!

Facebook page https://m.facebook.com/helmsmancruisenlearn/ and/or call us directly at 403 874 7374 for details.

nanaimo yacht charters and sailing school

Visit Website.  Dreams can come true- just make the one call. Whether you are individual wanting to learn to sail, improve your sailing techniques or learn to sail with friends, family or like-minded women we have the cruise and learn

program for you. 

Our students say it all as you read some segments from our Testimonial page:

The boats are superb for the training, and all communications are prompt and professional. Your long-term instructors have been top-notch.

"We jumped right into learning the instructor guided us through our paces, never getting excited even if we did once or twice. Best of all he (the instructor) was absolutely great with our kids. He would get them involved in the sailing as much as they desired and kept them occupied with other games and things when they didn’t. It wasn’t long before he was part of the family.

"The whole experience has been a life-changing one for me and has reignited my passion for sailing. Thank you all for contributing to a significant moment in my life.”

Call us toll free today at 1-877-754-8601  for fun recreation and relaxation in the best cruising ground in the world.

Pacific Encounters

Visit Website Pacific Encounters offers skippered charters and International Sail and Power Association sailing instruction for up to six guests at a time aboard  Porpoise, a Hudson Force 50 classic, teak-finished ketch.  This beautiful vessel is owned and operated by John and Lyza Clarke, a couple with over forty years experience sailing together on the BC coast, including a recent trip offshore to Hawaii and back to Alaska.  You can choose an itinerary that ranges from the Gulf Islands, Desolation Sound, or up on the central coast of BC.  What could be better than learning to sail with experienced skippers as you enjoy some of the best cruising grounds in the world?

Plain sailing

Visit Website We offer various packages and programs from Competent Crew [basic seamanship] to Coastal Navigation to advanced Coastal Skipper certification. Because we are a small, owner operated, sailing school, we are able to provide our sailors the flexibility and individual attention they need. We normally take one to three students on 'cruise and learns'. We also offer skipper and instructor services on other's boats. Please see the web pages for more details.

Sindbad Sailing School

Visit Website You Can Learn to Sail on the Prairies.( At least around Edmonton, Alberta.) Owner operated school, offers International Sail and Power Association courses from introduction to sailing to  advanced levels, leading to certification to charter and skipper your boat on the West Coast and beyond.

Starting with land based courses at Grant McEwan University, Competent Crew,  Day Skipper and Coastal Navigation  courses are available at various times from  spring to fall.

On Lake  Wabamun, courses of the practical part of Competent Crew and Day Skipper can be scheduled from early June to the end of September.. On the West Coast, the on water, practical  part of all the courses above and the Advanced Coastal Skipper course are offered in early May and the first  weeks of October.

For all your other sailing related needs, be it VHF Maritime Radio Operator License, Canadian Coast Guard Operator Card  or  individualized coaching to make up for years of absence from sailing/ racing, solutions are available  as needed. 

Stowaway Adventures

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Stowaway Sailing Adventures specializes in sailing instruction around Vancouver Island, BC. Whether you’re intending to set out on a world voyage or charter a bareboat - our goal is to get candidates sailing with confidence. Explore Desolation Sound, Gulf Islands, Sunshine Coast or the West Coast while increasing your skills, knowledge and understanding of sailing in tidal waters around Vancouver Island, BC.

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