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Sailing Courses & Accreditation


We teach certifications from two world-class schools:  Canadian Recreational Yachting Association (CRYA) and International Yacht Training Worldwide (IYT).  We combine these two schools to customize your learning and give you experiences that go beyond the ordinary “sequence” of courses.

Students start at the Crew level and progress to Skipper – four levels of skipper are possible. Power boat students often achieve Bareboat Skipper status for boats of a similar size in one course. Sailors progress to one of the following levels based on their skill and experience: Flotilla Skipper, Coastal Advanced Skipper, or Bareboat Skipper. Sailors may also join advanced courses:  Catamaran, Yachtmaster Around Vancouver Island, Celestial Navigation.

We teach our courses in two formats. Students may join a crew of other sailors or create their own custom course. Students on a custom course choose this format because they want to choose a boat on our fleet, stay in their bubble, just give this a try, enjoy an educational vacation, want more time at the helm, or experience more challenging cruising grounds with an experienced instructional skipper.



CRYA – Canadian Recreational Yachting Association 

Canadian Recreational Yachting Association Courses Focus On Safety and Fun Canadian Recreational Yachting Association (CRYA) trains students interested in sail and power boating from Competent Crew to Coastal Advanced. CRYA courses are designed to teach competence and safety, whether your goal is weekend sailing with family and friends or offshore cruising to far off lands.

Our most popular offering from CRYA is our Coastal Navigation Course, which allows students to learn at their own pace with a self-directed workbook and local chart for students seeking certification to bareboat charter as a bareboat skipper. Click “View More’ to learn more about our offerings



IYT – International Yacht Training Worldwide

iyt-logo IYT sets the standard for maritime training and certification. We teach sail and power courses from International Crew to Yachtmaster Ocean in group and private course settings.

Our highly-skilled instructional skippers specialize in teaching each student to the highest standards, preparing each one attain competence and skill in some of the most challenging and beautiful cruising grounds in the world. Whether it’s your first time on a boat, you wish to charter internationally, or you wish to embrace the challenges of circumnavigating Vancouver Island, we can help you gain the skill and confidence necessary to take the helm wherever the wind blows.


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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Charterers can expect a safe & relaxed experience on our docks.  Our COVID protocols include boat and cruising area video briefings, thoroughly disinfected boats, and a plan to keep our staff at a distance.  Join us for a 2021 bareboat charter and sail away.

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