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Intermediate/Day Skipper/Flotilla Skipper Sail

Sailors refine and deepen their sailing skills and knowledge as they learn to navigate and skipper a boat in familiar waters in sight of land in moderate weather. In this course, students will further develop all the necessary navigation, boat handling, sailing, weather, and emergency management skills they learned at the Basic/Crew/Day Skipper level.  Here student must demonstrate proficiency in all areas of vessel handling, sailing, and safety and be ready to learn the additional decision-points necessary to accept the responsibility for the safety of the crew.  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. This course brings you closer to being able to bareboat charter.


Topics covered include:

  • Line Handling, Docking & Boat Handling Under Power
  • Points of Sail & Sail Handling
  • Man Overboard & Safety/Emergency Procedures
  • Knots & Seamanship
  • VHF Radio use
  • Boat and Engine Maintenance
  • Basic Tides, Currents, & Navigation
  • Weather
  • Meal Planning


Course Includes:

  • Accommodation in a fully appointed cabin (see our Inventory) aboard a 32-45′ yacht
  • Delicious meals prepared as a crew (sample menus)
  • Instructional Skippers whose local knowledge and advanced skills will teach and encourage you to reach your goals
  • Inflatable PFD Rental (Personal Flotation Device – vest type)
  • Destination: students will discuss their route with their Instructors and participate in the course planning 



  • Achievement of the equivalent of International Crew, Competent Crew (3+ days liveaboard instruction) 
  • 200 Sea Miles or the equivalent of at least 10-days sailing outside of the classroom, ideally on a coastal waterway
  • Red Cross or St. John Ambulance Emergency First Aid certificate
  • VHF – ROC radio certificate
  • Pleasure Craft Operator’s Card (PCOC)


Certifications: Depending upon prior coursework and experience, students who wish to obtain certifications may pursue Day Skipper or Flotilla Skipper.  Contact us to discuss the best course for you.


Qualifications to Bareboat Skipper requires successful completion of a minimum of 10-days liveaboard sailboat instruction, a minimum of 14 days aboard a similarly sized sailboat, 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:
Pre-Board: April 22 (4:00 p.m.); Sail: April 23 – 29, 2022 at 4:00 p.m.  (7-days)

$ 2,860 per cabin – single occupancy (extra-person surcharge: $275 per cabin)*


Certifications (per student):

  • Competent Crew/Day Skipper: $200 (with PCOC: $250)
  • IYT Flotilla 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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