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Cruise & Learn: Basic & Intermediate Power Boating Course

An ideal way to enjoy cruising on a powerboat whilst learning all the skills to cruise safely in our coastal waters.  Whether you are dreaming of owning a boat, chartering abroad, or just want to test the waters to see if cruising is for you – this course will build confidence, safe boating practices, and an appreciation of the beauty of British Columbia as you cruise through the Gulf Islands.


Topics covered include:

  • Line Handling, Docking & Boat Handling Under Power
  • Man Overboard & Safety/Emergency Procedures
  • Knots & Seamanship
  • Basic Tides, Currents, & Navigation
  • Weather


Course Includes:

  • Accommodation in a fully appointed cabin aboard a 40-50′ yacht – see our complete inventory
  • Delicious meals prepared as a crew (sample menus)
  • Instructional Skippers whose knowledge and skills will help you reach your goals
  • Rental of Inflatable PFD (Personal Flotation Device – vest type)
  • Destination: Southern Gulf Islands

Pre-Requisites:  None.


Certifications: Depending upon prior coursework and experience, students who wish to obtain certifications may pursue any of options International Crew or Competent Crew/Day Skipper certification. 


Qualifications to Bareboat Skipper requires a minimum of 10-days liveaboard power boat 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 & Rates 

  • Pre-Board: March 7; Sail: March 8-12, 2022 (5-days)
  • Pre-Board: March 23; Sail: March 29-April 2, 2022 (5-days)


5-day Course: $ 2,975 per cabin – single occupancy (extra-person surcharge: $250)

7-day Course: $ 4,165 per cabin – single occupancy (extra-person surcharge: $275)


Certifications (per student):

  • Competent Crew: $200
  • Day Skipper: $200
  • Bareboat Skipper with ICC (IYT-International Certificate of Competency) $300
  • 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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This course brings you closer to being able to bareboat charter a powerboat.

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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