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Basic Sail – Crew & Helm

Learn to cruise safely in familiar waters as crew of a sailboat in moderate wind and sea conditions by day.  Or refresh your skills and build miles as you pursue more advanced certifications.  Our skilled instructors will meet you where you are and challenge you to gain mastery at the helm while docking and under sail as you enjoy some of the most beautiful cruising grounds in the world.


Topics covered include:

  • Line Handling, Docking & Boat Handling Under Power
  • Points of Sail & Sail Handling
  • Man Overboard & Safety/Emergency Procedures
  • Knots & Seamanship
  • Basic Tides, Currents, & Navigation
  • Weather


Course includes:

  • Accommodation in a fully appointed cabin aboard a 40-50′ yacht – see our complete inventory
  • Delicious meals prepared as a crew (sample menus)
  • Instructional Skippers whose knowledge and skills will help you reach your goals
  • Rental of company Inflatable PFD (Personal Flotation Device – vest type)
  • Destination: Southern Gulf Islands 


Pre-Requisites:  None (Although if you have some experience and want a refresher – this is a great way to reintroduce yourself to sailing.)


Certifications: Students who wish to obtain certifications may pursue International Crew or Competent Crew/Day Skipper certification. 


Qualifications to Bareboat Skipper requires successful completion of a minimum of 10-days liveaboard sailboat instruction, plus Coastal Navigation, PCOC, VHF radio license, and a 1-day Sea-Trial to demonstrate your competencies at the time of your first charter.  Additional sea-time can be arranged after the completion of your course if your instructional skipper determines that more time is required.


Dates & Rates: 
7-days$ 2,860 per cabin – single occupancy (extra-person surcharge: $275 per cabin)

Pre-Board: April 21 (4:00 p.m.).  Sail: April 22 – 29, 2022  – Crew/Day Skipper


5-days: $ 2,130 per cabin – single occupancy (extra-person surcharge: $250 per cabin)

Stay tuned for 2022 course offerings.


If you would like to create your own custom course this fall or winter – contact us at


Certifications (per student):

  • Crew: $200
  • Competent Crew/Day Skipper: $200
  • Coastal Navigation: $200



*Dates subject to change based on boat availability, sufficient enrollment, and any applicable health and/or travel restrictions.


**Extra-Person Surcharge:  All group courses provide each student with a cabin.  This cabin may be shared, so long as the participant understand that they are joining this course as a fellow-student who appreciates the nature of the course and it’s demands, whether they join the course for certification or to add sea-miles to their resume. All persons joining the course must be willing to submit to a telephone interview, adhere to all health and equipment requirements, and share in all crew duties as assigned by the skipper while aboard. Anyone who wishes to disembark the vessel early is responsible for the costs and logistics of arranging their own transportation home and will not be refunded any fees for time not spent aboard.




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Nanaimo Yacht Charters & Sailing School Ltd
1690 Stewart Ave Nanaimo BC BC Canada V9S 4E1
1-250-754-8601 / 1-877-754-8601 Start Price 1000 CAD
Nanaimo Yacht Charters & Sailing School Ltd
1690 Stewart Ave Nanaimo BC BC Canada V9S 4E1
1-250-754-8601 / 1-877-754-8601

Nanaimo Yacht Charters & Sailing School Ltd.
1690 Stewart Ave Nanaimo BC, Canada V9S 4E1

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Bareboat Charters

Charterers can expect a safe & relaxed experience on our docks.  Our COVID protocols include boat and cruising area video briefings, thoroughly disinfected boats, and a plan to keep our staff at a distance.  Join us for a 2021 bareboat charter and sail away.

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