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Vancouver Sailing School - Vancouver BC

Affiliated with NauticEd International Sailing School

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Take online theory sailing courses with NauticEd, with two free sailing courses and sailing resume, and then use the skilled in-house sailing instructors to gain practical sailing experience and confidence. Once you pass the courses and practical training, you'll be awarded with a NauticEd Sailing Certification with Verified Practical Competency. Yacht Charter Companies worldwide accept and acknowledge the NauticEd Sailing Certification. Read more..

Nanaimo Yacht Charters & Sailing - Nanaimo, Vancouver, BC

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The Nanaimo Yacht Charters & Sailing School has more than 30 years’ experience in delivering charter holidays on a fleet of highly maintained sail and power yachts. The sailing school is based in Nanaimo (Vancouver Island) offers Power and Sailing courses for individuals, couples or families. The boating and yachting school’s certification programs range from basic to advance and the school teaches International Sail & Power Association, IYT & Sail Canada courses.

Basic Sailing Courses

  • Cruise & Learn: 5 Days Basic/Competent Crew Sailing Course

Intermediate Sailing Courses

  • Cruise & Learn: 5 days Basic & Intermediate Power Boating Course
  • Round Vancouver Island - Yachtmaster Offshore Sailing Course with Celestial Navigation

Advanced Sailing Courses

  • Coastal Advanced 7 day Sailing Course
  • Round Vancouver Island - Yachtmaster Offshore Sailing Course with Celestial Navigation


Specialist Sailing Courses

  • Vancouver Yachting - An Exploration?
  • VHF Restricted Operators Certificate - Radio Course
  • Cruise & Learn: 5 days Basic & Intermediate Power Boating Course
  • Custom Sailboat Course
  • Women Only Sailing Course
  • Coastal Navigation Course

Simply Sailing School - Granville Island, Vancouver, BC

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Simply Sailing is based on Granville Island in Vancouver, Canada and offers International Yacht Training (IYT) and Sail Canada (CYA) approved sailing classes in and around Vancouver. Taking sailing lessons will give you the opportunity to explore the exciting world of sailing and become a competent sailor and captain. During the sailing lessons, you will learn about boat handling, seamanship and safe boating. Each sailing class will build upon the previous sailing lesson, expand your sailing knowledge and competency.

Basic Sail Training

  • Day Sailing Course
  • 4 Day Intensive Course
  • Liveaboard (5 Days)
  • Basic Cruising Standard - Check Out

Intermediate Sail Training

  • Intermediate - 5 Days
  • Refresher - 1 Day
  • International Certificate of Competence

Advanced Sail Training

  • Advanced Course - 7 Days
  • Advanced Prep Course - 5 Days
  • Challenge - 3 Days

Adventures & Sailing Challenges

  • Vancouver Island Adventures
  • Offshore Sailing Expeditions
  • Desolation Sound Adventure
  • Offshore Sailing Adventures
  • Astoria Offshore Adventures (2 events)
  • Vic - Maui 2018
  • Maui - Vancouver (18 days)


Shore-Based Courses

  • Coastal Navigation
  • VHF - ROC (M) DSC Course
  • Instructor Course

Basic Clinics

  • Skipper Check Out
  • Bowen Island Sail
  • Docking/COB & More

Intermediate & Advanced Clinics

  • One Day Refresher
  • Spinnaker Clinic
  • Heavy Weather

Other Courses

  • Private Sailing Course

Island Cruising Yacht Charters and Sailing School - Sidney, Vancouver, BC

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Located in Sydney in Vancouver Island, Island Cruising started its operations decades ago and provides best product and service including yacht charter and sailing & cruising lesson from beginner to advanced sailor. Island Cruising offers certification by American Sailing Association (ASA), Sail Canada, and International Sail and Power Association (ISPA).

ASA Certifications

  • ASA 101 Basic Keelboat
  • ASA 103 Basic Coastal Cruising
  • ASA114 Cruising Catamaran

ISPA Programs

  • Competent Crew
  • Day Skipper
  • Yachtmaster Offshore


Sail Canada Programs

  • Basic Crew
  • Basic Cruising
  • Competent Crew

Other Courses

  • Pleasure Boat Operator Card

Bewley Sailing - Vancouver, BC

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Locates in Vancouver, Bewley Sailing is a member school of Sail Canada which governs the sport of sailing in Canada and provides sailing courses and cruising itineraries. Bewley Sailing School offers training for Basic, Intermediate and Advanced cruising qualifications, and also the Coast Guard Pleasure Craft Operator Card. The Learn to Cruise division of Sail teaches students to crew, or act as skipper aboard cruising sailboats. All the programs are taught to the Sail Canada standards, which emphasize safety and good seamanship.

Bewley Sailing School Courses

  • Basic Crew (Competent Crew)
  • Basic Cruising (Day Skipper)
  • Intermediate Cruising (Bareboat Skipper)
  • Advanced Cruising (Coastal Skipper)
  • Coastal Navigation Standard
  • Coast Guard Card (Pleasure Craft Operator Card) 

Vancouver Sailing Club (VSC) - Vancouver, BC

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Established in 2004, Vancouver Sailing Club (VSC) provides comprehensive sailing education that exceeds internationally recognized certification requirements for beginner, intermediate and advanced recreational sailing. The Courses are open to both members & non-members and are available year-round. The programs are available and conducted at various places including - Vancouver's English Bay, Indian Arm, Howe Sound, Gulf Islands, Desolation Sound the West Coast of Vancouver Island, and more for various programs. Many of the programs are recognized by NauticEd Online and the Certifications are respected qualifications for International Bareboat Chartering and Yacht Insurance Companies.

VSC Beginner Programs

  • Introduction to Sailing
  • Qualified Crew
  • Skipper Small Keelboat

VSC Intermediate Programs

  • Day Skipper
  • Bareboat Cruising Master
  • Coastal Navigation
  • Competent Keelboat Racing Crew
  • Bareboat Cruising Catamaran


VSC Advanced Programs

  • Advanced Coastal Skipper
  • Offshore Sailing Master
  • Celestial Navigation

Government Certificates

  • Pleasure Craft Operator Card
  • VHF Radio Operator Certificate (Maritime)

Boatbookings Yacht Charter

Surrey Sailing Club (SSC) - Surrey, BC

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The Surrey Sailing Club (SSC) offers a wide variety of evening and weekend courses for teens & adults and summer day camps for kids. SSC is a CANSail training school and registered with BC Sailing and Sail Canada. The sailing courses are taught by Sail Canada certified instructors with a very low student to teacher ratio. Lessons are open to the general public and club membership is not required.

Sail Canada Courses

  • CANSail 1 - Introduction to Sailing
  • CANSail 2 - Basic sailing
  • CANSail 3 - Intermediate sailing
  • CANSail 4 - Advanced sailing

Other Programs

  • Surrey Sailing Club Co-op program
  • Private Lessons
  • Racing

Cooper Boating - Granville Island, Vancouver, BC

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Cooper Boating delivers the boating holidays since 1983 and offers boating and sailing classes for beginners, experienced boaters, and hardcore boaters. As boaters take to the water with Cooper, the instructors set a course for a lifetime of great cruising. Cooper Boating graduates of the core programs may obtain certification with Transport Canada's Pleasure Craft Operator Card (PCOC), Sail Canada's Cruising Standards, or International Yacht Training's International Certificate of Competency (ICC). The clinics are meant to dive deeper into specific topics.

Cooper Boating Courses

  • Level 1 Basic Cruising Day Courses
  • Level 1 Basic Cruise and Learn Courses
  • Level 1 Coastal Navigation Courses
  • Level 1 Basic Power Boating Day Courses
  • Level 1 Basic Power Cruise and Learn Courses
  • Level 2 Intermediate Cruise and Learn Courses

Catamaran Courses

  • Level 2 Intermediate Power Cruise and Learn Courses]
  • Level 3 Advanced Sailing Courses
  • Level 3 Offshore Sailing Course
  • Advanced Navigation Courses



  • Anchoring
  • Docking
  • Basic Refresher
  • VHF Radio
  • Spinnaker
  • Boat Buying
  • Marine Diesel Engines (Single Session)
  • Marine Diesel Engines (Series)
  • Instructor's Course

Tula Sailing - North Saanich, BC

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Tula Sailing offers learn to cruise courses on board the sailboat SV Tula from Sidney B.C. Located near Victoria B.C. Canada, on the southern tip of Vancouver Island, this is the gateway to the Canadian Gulf Islands, the US San Juan Islands, and some of the finest sailing grounds in the world. Tula Sailing teaches get hands-on experience, personalized instruction and Sail Canada (SC) training and credentials. There are also some options for single day courses such as the Pleasure Craft Operator Card (PCOC) and SC Introduction to Boating Course - as well as options for combining courses.

Tula Sailing Courses

  • Cruising Courses
  • Pleasure Craft Operator Card
  • SC Introduction to Boating
  • SC Basic Cruising Standard
  • SC Intermediate Cruising
  • Marine Radio Course ROCM

Other Courses

  • Combined Courses

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