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Coastal Navigation Course
Previously we touched on some navigational terms and elements that are fundamental sailing school skills as part of learning about navigation. This time we are going to look at what is actually involved in doing a sailing course ...
What’s involved in a Coastal Navigation course? What’s involved in a Coastal Navigation course? Coastal Navigation Course
Nanaimo
Previously we touched on some navigational terms and elements that are fundamental sailing school skills as part of learning about navigation. This time we are going to look at what is actually involved in doing a sailing course on Coastal Navigation. There is no prerequisite required before you do this course and it is of great benefit to everyone who operated a sail boat, power boat or even a kayak, as essentially if you play on the water you need to know how to read a chart, how to determine your position and how to use the Tide and Currents table to ensure your and your crew’s safety. The coastal navigation course teaches you sailing school skills that ensure safe and successful navigation along coastal waters, an essential sailing school skill for sailing around the beautiful coastal waters off Vancouver island. If you were to complete the Coastal Navigation course, then this will give you the confidence and skills required to safely navigate your way through challenging conditions, changing tides and current, and shallow water. International Sail & Power Association or CYA Theory Certification The first part of the course is theory and normally involves home based study working through […]
Vancouver Cruising with Whales
Vancouver and Nanaimo are the best places on earth to go whale watching. Even better if you are keeping watch whilst cruising on a board a yacht. At the beginning of the year, a group of lucky fisherman ...
Vancouver Cruising with Whales! Vancouver Cruising with Whales! Vancouver Cruising with Whales
Nanaimo
Vancouver and Nanaimo are the best places on earth to go whale watching. Even better if you are keeping watch whilst cruising on a board a yacht. At the beginning of the year, a group of lucky fisherman had a very special experience when two humpback whales got up close and personal. A truly magical moment. There is nothing better than seeing such a beautiful creature in their natural habitat as you enjoy the water and stunning sea views. Your chances of seeing these majestic beasts is pretty good on the waters around Nanaimo, especially between April and October when Orca Whales frolic in the south. But if you want to go with the professionals, there are various whale watching organisations in the area who host responsible whale tours. There is also the opportunity to see Humpbacks, Grey Whales, Minke Whales, Sea Lions, Dall’s Porpoises, Bald Eagles, and Harbour Seals. If you are lucky of course. The Orca Whales reside in the south for much of the year, and as they are very social animals they travel in three familial pods known as ‘J Pod’, ‘K Pod’ and ‘L Pod’. As well as those in residence there are also what […]
sailing Vancouver Island
Are you planning to be sailing Vancouver soon and wondering when the best time of year to visit is? Well Vancouver has much to offer at all times of year as the changing seasons really provide spectacular scenery ...
What weather to expect when sailing Vancouver Island? What weather to expect when sailing Vancouver Island? sailing Vancouver Island
Nanaimo
Are you planning to be sailing Vancouver soon and wondering when the best time of year to visit is? Well Vancouver has much to offer at all times of year as the changing seasons really provide spectacular scenery on and around this beautiful island. The popular high season in the Summer, runs from July to September when Vancouver celebrates the Summer with all sorts of festivals; of music, art and film, and a magnificent annual fireworks competition! Generally the temperatures hover around 20C and warm sunny days are the norm. On the water the evenings can get chilly, so definitely be prepared with lightweight jackets and sweaters. Spring, from around April to June is also a wonderful time to sail Vancouver, the fresh spring breezes and the beautiful spring blossom make this a stunning time of year to visit. Vancouver really begins to come to life in the Spring with lots of outdoor activities, spring sales and festivals. A fabulous destination for a family Spring break as the weather is mainly mild. Fall on Vancouver Island tends to be very mild and sometimes the summer weather can continue until October! You will experience some spectacular sights with the fall foliage, […]
Yachting in Vancouver with Children
You may question whether it is a good idea to bring children along on a yacht charter in Vancouver, and you would be right to give it some serious consideration for many reasons. There is safety to consider ...
Yachting in Vancouver with Children Yachting in Vancouver with Children Yachting in Vancouver with Children
Nanaimo
You may question whether it is a good idea to bring children along on a yacht charter in Vancouver, and you would be right to give it some serious consideration for many reasons. There is safety to consider and the worry that being cooped up will cause boredom for the young ones resulting in stress for the adults. However, there are more reasons to take them along with you, as long as you plan and take necessary precautions. There are four key things to contemplate beforehand: Safety on board Discussing the safety rules of a charter before the trip is a must. The children must be briefed as to where the safety equipment is (such as life jackets and other floatation aids), and how to use it. This may seem daunting, but actually, kids love to play pirate, and adore boats. They will really enjoy the learning experience as they will see it as an important part of their role on board. Children love to be given ownership over things, and feel a part of it all. Rule enforcement will be necessary, but you can do it in such a way that is fun, engaging, and not at all dictatorial. […]
Looking after your yacht in Vancouver Winter Jobs
One of the most necessary, but odious jobs, you should do as an owner of a yacht in Vancouver or anywhere for that matter! Is the annual anti-fouling of your yacht. It’s a very important winter maintenance job ...
Looking after your yacht in Vancouver: Winter Jobs! Looking after your yacht in Vancouver: Winter Jobs! Looking after your yacht in Vancouver Winter Jobs
Nanaimo
One of the most necessary, but odious jobs, you should do as an owner of a yacht in Vancouver or anywhere for that matter! Is the annual anti-fouling of your yacht. It’s a very important winter maintenance job that will give your yacht excellent protection against fouling that can take hold on your hull. If left then this fouling can cause you lots of ongoing maintenance problems, not to mention a fall in the boats performance, safety and hull structure! Sound harsh? Well by being prepared and anti-fouling your boat regularly you can give it the best protection for the next sailing season. Here’s how… Your yacht needs to be out of the water and a thorough check of the hull performed, looking for any damage such as blistering paint or cracking. Once any damage is repaired then the hull will need to be sanded (keyed) and primed ready for the first coat of anti-fouling paint. The paint, is a specialized formulation of water-soluble bio-active ingredients and compounds, which will slow the formation and growth of marine organisms like algae and barnacles. It is well worth following the manufacturers guidelines on how to apply the anti-foul paint and the number […]
If you are travelling with young ones,
So here at Nanaimo we often nod to the history of  this great region, but we have never really looked right back, in depth, at the history of this land. That changes now. In this article we will ...
Vancouver Island – an in-depth history Vancouver Island – an in-depth history If you are travelling with young ones,
Nanaimo
So here at Nanaimo we often nod to the history of  this great region, but we have never really looked right back, in depth, at the history of this land. That changes now. In this article we will look at how the island first came to being, who the first settlers were, and other key points in Vancouver Island’s history. We will also discuss how you can make your mark in the history books of the future. How was the Island formed? So as you probably know, all land is formed by a shift in plates. Vancouver Island was formed around 150 million years ago, when volcanic activity pushed sedimentary rock upwards from the sea floor to form the island landscape. Around 12,000 years BC the retreating of glaciers allowed the Strait of Juan de Fuca to be formed as the Pacific Ocean flooded inland. The first tree can be dated back to 377 BC – it was a yellow cedar – a variety of tree which can now be seen in abundance across the region. Of course it is interesting to note, new islands can be formed at any time, and also be lost. There are a number of […]
Don’t miss the Nanaimo Marine Festival and Bathtub Races
The Nanaimo Marine Festival started in 1966 as a celebration of Canada’s 100th birthday and will be 50 years old in 2016. Happy Birthday! This year’s festivities will be held from the 21st of July to the 24th. ...
Don’t miss the Nanaimo Marine Festival and Bathtub Races! Don’t miss the Nanaimo Marine Festival and Bathtub Races! Don’t miss the Nanaimo Marine Festival and Bathtub Races
Nanaimo
The Nanaimo Marine Festival started in 1966 as a celebration of Canada’s 100th birthday and will be 50 years old in 2016. Happy Birthday! This year’s festivities will be held from the 21st of July to the 24th. If you are on a yacht charter holiday throughout this period, the event is really one not to be missed – especially for boating enthusiasts. The main course of the festival if you will, is most certainly the world renowned Great International World Championship Bathtub Race. Last year saw a change in how this race ran. Previously racers would end their journey at Departure Bay beach, but despite that glorious bit of irony it was changed to mean both the start and finish lines are situated at Maffeo Sutton Park. It was believed this change was made last year, to iron out any potential difficulties before the celebrations of 2016 hit. Loyal Nanaimo Bathtub Society member Bill McGuire says the change was made because people viewing the race would often only watch the start or the end. Now viewers can more easily see both, which is of course a more pleasurable experience. Not only is this better for the people watching the […]
Boat Show 2017 - Vancouver International Boat Show
Come and see us at the 2017 Vancouver International Boat Show – we look forward to meeting new students/ charterers as well as catching up with our regular charterers. Our booth is 54-56 on the concourse level. Come ...
Boat Show 2017 Boat Show 2017 Boat Show 2017 - Vancouver International Boat Show
Nanaimo
Come and see us at the 2017 Vancouver International Boat Show – we look forward to meeting new students/ charterers as well as catching up with our regular charterers. Our booth is 54-56 on the concourse level. Come and see the new lagoon 42 that is joining our fleet at the Floating boatshow in Granville Island too! Stop by our booth as we look forward to chatting to you about:- Our range of boats for charter, Courses on offer and any other boating questions you may have. We have the full team there who will be happy to share their experiences with you Visit our booth between January 18-22 Vancouver Boat Show 2017                
The Sailing in Vancouver Safety Checklist
Sailing safety is of utmost importance when you are off on a trip. Before setting sail, it is a good idea to have some sort of a checklist in your mind, or better still, a physical checklist which ...
The Sailing in Vancouver Safety Checklist The Sailing in Vancouver Safety Checklist The Sailing in Vancouver Safety Checklist
Nanaimo
Sailing safety is of utmost importance when you are off on a trip. Before setting sail, it is a good idea to have some sort of a checklist in your mind, or better still, a physical checklist which you can use to make sure you and the rest of your crew and companions are prepared for the journey ahead. A checklist used before setting sail, will limit the possibility for problems once underway. Throughout this article we will look at some of the things you will want to bear in mind before setting sail. Check weather report Not once, not twice, but continuously. With modern technology as it is now it is easier than ever to check the weather continuously, and as it always has been, a very important part of yacht safety procedures. Weather can change and turn at the drop of a hat, and so it is always best to be prepared for all sorts of weather eventualities. Also be aware of the different difficulties that the especially cold weather can bring, as well as the hot. In cold weather hypothermia can become a risk, and in hot dehydration is one of the biggest risks. Know how to […]
Gulf Islands
With Nanaimo Yacht Charters there are a couple of itinerary options for exploring the glorious Gulf Islands of British Columbia. Within the Gulf Island cluster, we have Gabriola Island, Galiano Island, Maybe Island, Pender Island, Salt Spring Island, ...
Sailing in Vancouver? Try the Gulf Islands Sailing in Vancouver? Try the Gulf Islands Gulf Islands
Nanaimo
With Nanaimo Yacht Charters there are a couple of itinerary options for exploring the glorious Gulf Islands of British Columbia. Within the Gulf Island cluster, we have Gabriola Island, Galiano Island, Maybe Island, Pender Island, Salt Spring Island, and Saturna Island. Situated in the Salish Sea, just off the coast of Nanaimo the Gulf Islands each have their own unique character whilst sharing the natural breath-taking beauty the region is renowned for. The people that live on the islands are an extremely diverse and creative bunch which makes the area great fun for visitors. You can find retired millionaires, spiritualists, writers, artists, musicians, cheesemakers and more! This eclectic mix of people means that the whole place is set to ‘island time’ which basically means sit back, relax, enjoy the scenery and don’t rush around. These islands sit along the eastern coastline of Vancouver Island and run from Saturna near the UC and Canada border, and up to Nanaimo. There are around half a dozen bigger islands and this is where you will find the before-mentioned residents, and then there are several-hundred smaller islands that are favourites for sea-sportsman, wildlife, and greenery! There are lots of activities to do across this […]
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 info@nanaimoyachtcharters.com
Nanaimo Yacht Charters & Sailing School Ltd.
1690 Stewart Ave
Nanaimo BC,BC, Canada V9S 4E1

Nanaimo Yacht Charters & Sailing School Ltd.
1690 Stewart Ave Nanaimo BC, Canada V9S 4E1
Email: info@nanaimoyachtcharters.com

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