Learn Safe and Skillful Use of a Pleasure Craft
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International Sail and Power Association
Who We Are About the ISPA

The International Sail and Power Association (ISPA) is a leading nonprofit organization dedicated to the training of both sail and power techniques.

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Learn to Sail learn to sail

Enroll in our excellent sailing program and gain access to our extensive network of sailing school instructors. Learn safe and skillful use of a pleasure craft.

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Instructor Program sailing instructors

Instructors have opportunities to learn to teach both sail and power from Competent Crew to Yachtmaster Offshore with experienced Instructor Evaluators.

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International Sail and Power Association

The Association promotes both sailing and power boating through a coalition with our partners, member clubs and schools. We represent students and instructors alike. We work with governments, experienced sailors with thousands of miles of practical experience and sailing schools to develop courses which are recognized internationally.

Mission Statement

ISPA is dedicated to the training of both sail and power operators on the water with an emphasis on safe boat handling and the skillful use of pleasure craft while having fun

Our Students

Our training programs are designed to ensure that our students achieve their personal goals, whether that is to safely experience time on the water with friends and families on the weekend or to cross the oceans in the search of new adventures. For more information on Student Training visit our Learn to Sail section.

Our Instructors

Instructors participating in our sailing and power boat programs come from many diverse backgrounds and have varied aspirations. Instructors need to have a skill set which they can adapt to the type of boat and the aptitude of their students. The first step in teaching within the ISPA system is to become qualified as a Competent Crew and Day Skipper Instructor, before moving up to the Yachtmaster Instructor qualification. Both qualifications can be taken in sail and power, and the instructor certificate will be endorsed accordingly. Click the following link for more information on the ISPA Instructor Program.


ISPA Board of Directors

  • President: Dave Martin
  • Secretary-Treasurer: Lorraine Bell  
  • Jack Dale
  • Agathe Gaulin
  • Ian MacPherson
  • Merion Martin
  • Barry Messer
  • Victor Lironi
Instructor Evaluators ( I.E.)
  • David Almond
  • Jack Dale
  • Victor Lironi
  • Ian MacPherson
  • Dave Martin
  • Jim McLaughlin
  • Barry Messer
  • Paul Miller
  • Dave McVey
  • Richard Pochereva
  • Jacqueline Randen

Let us help to experience an exceptional enjoyable existence on the water. Learn safe and skillful use of a pleasure craft.

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ISPA Headquarters, Nanaimo, British Columbia, Canada

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Phone: 1 250 244-6966

9:00 am - 5:00 pm PST (from Monday to Friday)