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Cruise & Learn: 5 Days Basic/Competent Crew Sailing Course

No prerequisite required!

Course includes:

Please contact us for availability for 2021 courses – registering now!

  • 5 nights accommodation with nutritious and tasty meals aboard a 32 – 45 ft. yacht whilst cruising the scenic Gulf Islands.
  • A certified knowledgeable and enthusiastic instructor
  • Rental of company Inflatable PFD (Personal Flotation Device – vest type)
  • Cabin linen and bath towel


This course is taught by either Canadian Recreational Yachting or International Yacht Training methods of instruction and on successful completion of the course, students attain Competent crew/Basic cruising certification.

$1,599.00 (per person) +GST  and applicable course certification
 Single cabin option: 50 % premium

*Dates are subject to change; 5-day course availability in April/May/June/September/October. Please contact us for more information!

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The course objective is to be able to cruise safely in familiar waters as both skipper and crew of a sailboat in moderate wind and sea conditions by day.

If this is your first liveaboard sailing course, we would recommend working through the course materials

If you are looking for a mileage/confidence builder you may wish to work through the Flotilla Skipper eLearning course materials

Sailing Course

Topics covered include:

  • Safety
  • Docking
  • Sail handling
  • Emergency procedures
  • Knots
  • weather

Preboard afternoon includes a sleep aboard / meet-and-greet at the charter base marina from 2:00 PM,  prior to the first day of sailing. The course begins at 9 am the following morning and sails until the end of the day (disembarking by 5 o'clock)

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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