Learning to sail is a life skill that stays with you. People often learn as children, and hopefully this ignites a passion for being on the water throughout their lives. At Nanaimo we offer a wide range of Power and Sailing courses for individuals, couples or families and we also have summer camps for teens and kids. Our certification programs range from basic to advanced with courses from the International Sail & Power Association, International Yacht Training and Sail Canada.
International Sail and Power Association
This is a not for profit Canadian organisation with 3 core objectives:
The Association runs a complete range of sail and power courses for instructors and has a membership scheme providing discounts for member sailing schools.
International Yacht Training (IYT)
This internationally recognised yacht certification authority operates a diverse range of courses through a network of partner schools. The IYT proudly runs courses across 56 countries. They certify more boating courses with more government approvals through more schools, in more countries and in more languages than any other boating organization in the world.
They offer recreational, superyacht, dive boat and commercial courses and in order to become one of their schools there are strict criteria to be met. The IYT also works with the Justice Institute of B.C. to offer marine training to various police and rescue agencies, such as Marine Police, Navy, Border Security, Search & Rescue and Firefighting Units.
Sail Canada was established in 1931 and is the national governing body for the sport of sailing. The Association promotes sailing and as part of this remit collaborates with sailing schools to provide sailing courses.
At Nanaimo, our sailing school is a fundamental part of our company. We especially love to see children enjoying themselves on the water. Learning to sail in this modern age of constant pressure to succeed at school and electric devices which seem to have penetrated every part of our world is a wonderful way for children to enjoy being outside,build their confidence and let them have their own adventure. We often have whole families come to us wanting to learn to sail and be able to take a boat and cruise the area. It’s great to hear how much fun they’ve had when they return the boats.