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Catamaran Sailing Course

7-Day/7-night Cruise & Learn

New additions to our fleet 2017


Luxury sailing at its best.  Designed for sailors with prior monohull experience,  this course will teach you how to short-hand dock, sail, and handle a multihull in tidal waters.


2022 Course Dates

2022 Dates will be Announced in October

Course includes: 

  • 7-days/7-nights in a fully appointed cabin aboard Waterdragon – see our complete inventory
  • Delicious meals prepared as a crew – see our sample menus
  • Instructional Skippers whose knowledge and advanced skills will help you reach your goals
  • Rental of Inflatable PFD (Personal Flotation Device – vest type)
  • Destination:  the scenic Gulf Islands or along the Sunshine Coast


Pre-Requisites & Certifications:  No experience necessary.  For students seeking Flotilla/Bareboat Skipper certification, a minimum International Crew or equivalent with prior monohull sailing experience is required.


Costs (+tax):  $4,995 single-occupancy cabin ($500 extra-person surcharge)**


Certifications (per student):

  • International Crew: $150
  • Flotilla Skipper: $200
  • IYT Bareboat Skipper with ICC: $300
  • Coastal Navigation: $200
  • VHF: $49.95


Qualifications to Bareboat Skipper one of our Catamarans requires a minimum of 10-days liveaboard catamaran instruction, a minimum of 14 days as crew of a similarly sized boat, 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 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.


For more information, please complete our online registration form.

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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