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The following reputable Sailing Schools are directly affiliated with the International Sail and Power Association.  We invite you to contact them to learn safe and skillful use of your pleasure craft!  Note:  Click on the "+" sign next to each name to learn more or to visit their website. 

blue pacific yacht charters

Visit Website Blue Pacific Yacht Charters, situated in British Columbia Canada, is a Vancouver yacht charter company, specializing in bareboat sail and power boat charters. Alternatively, you can hire a qualified instructor to help create unforgettable vacation memories aboard our late model charter yachts or do a Cruise and Learn course.  

Cast Away Sailing School


Under the direction of two valuable Instructors, Kelly Moloney, and Brian Robinson, Both ISPA Association Coastal Skipper Instructors, we offer day sail classes on two different boats in the Oceanside/Parksville/ area of Vancouver Island. We also do daysails with an “Introduction to Sailing” to some of the most scenic islands in the Winchelsea Group Kelly focuses on Ladies only hands on sail coaching, and Brian is affluent in Race tactics and Coastal Cruising.
We have recently added to the fleet a Hunter 33 which can be used for charters’ Instruction for up to 5 days at a time. Both Instructors will be delighted to join you on a charter boat of your choice for longer voyages.

Please call us at 250-937-8046 or email at castawaysailingschool@gmail.com for availability and costs.

Central Coast Water Adventures

No Website.  606 Cliff Street, Bella Coola, BC V0T 1C0,  Ph. (250) 799-5479  Learn to sail in one of Canada’s most beautiful places abounding in wildlife, magnificent mountains, glaciers and wilderness. The deep fiords, hot springs and great winds in the summer months could just spoil you forever. Make it a holiday as you learn from Janice Kyle, a seasoned sailor of many decades Victoria to Skagway – and beyond. A maximum of four students ensures a quality learning experience aboard ‘Circe”, a Moody 33. From one to six day options, ISPA Competent Crew to Coastal Skipper.  Contact us for more details at sailbellacoola@gmail.com  

Degrees of Freedom Sailing.

Visit Website  Degrees of Freedom sailing school at Pacific playgrounds marina and resort is located at Black Creek,(25 minutes north of Courtenay) on Vancouver Island.

Pacific playgrounds is the closest marina to world famous sailing destination Desolation Sound at only 12 nm away. We offer ISPA sail training courses and yacht charter. We look forward to sailing with you.

Desolation Sound Yacht Charters

Visit WebsiteDesolation Sound Yacht Charters offers ISPA SAIL and POWER courses designed to fit your skill level and your schedule.  Put your friends or family together for the week that works for you, charter the yacht of your choice, add the ISPA instructor and course manuals and you’ve got your personalized course. You can spend your time cruising the Desolation Sound area while you learn to operate your sail or power yacht. What a great experience to live aboard, navigate and drive your yacht while exploring one of the most magnificent cruising areas on the BC coast. 

Contact us for more details at charter@desolationsoundyachtcharters.com  or check out our website www.desolationsoundyachtcharters.com

Island Cruising Yacht Charters & Sailing School

Visit Website. Our Cruise 'n Learn vacations are a step-by-step instructional, live-aboard program for those who want to become competent cruising sailors or power boaters. In a week of fun and excitement in the Gulf Islands we can teach you how to sail, handle a yacht and navigate safely through coastal waters. These comprehensive packages include your boat, instructor, course material, provisioning, bedding, and moorage. All you bring is your desire to learn. Our eight different course levels promise to challenge even the most experienced sailors. Cruise 'n Learn courses are an inclusive package sold on a per/person basis. As a cruising school, we provide the highest level of instruction, from beginner to offshore, by using the most comprehensive and modern methods of instruction, the most personable and knowledgeable instructors and the finest yachts. To ensure optimum personal attention, there is a limit to the number of students per course. Ask us about VHF radio certification.

ISPA or International Sail and Power Association certification is an integral part of maintaining our goal as a school and will be an important building block for you in reaching your own personal goals on the water. We have chosen the ISPA as our certification for its international recognition, its unsurpassed beginner to offshore modular workbook system, and the quality of instructors the program provides. On successful completion of each ISPA course level, the students achievements are documented in a personal ISPA log book. This logbook will assist the successful student in chartering and skippering vessels internationally. ISPA certification also qualifies the holder for significant insurance discounts on privately owned vessels and meets the requirements for the new Canadian Coast Guard Operator Licensing Standard.

nanaimo yacht charters and sailing school

Visit Website.  Dreams can come true- just make the one call. Whether you are individual wanting to learn to sail, improve your sailing techniques or learn to sail with friends, family or like-minded women we have the cruise and learn

program for you. 

Our students say it all as you read some segments from our Testimonial page:

The boats are superb for the training, and all communications are prompt and professional. Your long-term instructors have been top-notch.

"We jumped right into learning the instructor guided us through our paces, never getting excited even if we did once or twice. Best of all he (the instructor) was absolutely great with our kids. He would get them involved in the sailing as much as they desired and kept them occupied with other games and things when they didn’t. It wasn’t long before he was part of the family.

"The whole experience has been a life-changing one for me and has reignited my passion for sailing. Thank you all for contributing to a significant moment in my life.”

Call us toll free today at 1-877-754-8601  for fun recreation and relaxation in the best cruising ground in the world.

natural pace sailing

  • Visit Website  Based out of our own Marina located in Degnen Bay on wonderful Gabriola Island, BC we offer a range of on-the-water experiences including:
    -  Private Sailing Instruction aboard our classic 42 ft,  Baltic sloop offering ISPA certification to
       Yachtmaster Offshore level, 
    -  ISPA Sail and Power instruction aboard your own boat, with an emphasis on boat handling and
       docking skills,
    -  ‘BOAT & BREAKFAST’ or ‘SNOOZE & SAIL’ where our guests sleep aboard at the dock with the
       option to sail during the day.
    -   ‘WILD WOMEN’ weekend sailing excursions for adventurous women
    -   ‘ROUND THE ISLAND’ …a 14 day circumnavigation of Vancouver Island  departing June 8, 2014
    Your hosts are Tim and Donna Melville:         
    Tim Melville is the former owner of Bosun's Yacht Charters and Sailing school in Sidney,B.C., an ISPA Yachtmaster instructor with over 40 years of boating experience. He has sailed in many of the world's charter destinations and enjoys introducing  sailors to our area and coaching experienced sailors as they learn more about boat systems, maintenance and the finer points of boat handling...both sail and power in all weather.
    Donna Melville is a senior certified CHI Running Instructor with excellent communication and interpersonal skills. She is able to inspire others to pursue their passion and to use sailing as a means to achieve personal mastery and competence.
    Contact Naturalpace Sailing at: 250-213-6828 or 250-713-9453 or via email at baltictim@gmail.com

QuickNAV Boating School

Visit Website  QuickNAV Boating School Offers Pleasure Craft Operators Card (PCOC) Online

VHF Marine Radio Operator Card (ROC(M)/DSC)

Coastal Navigation / Chart Reading

Intro to Radar / GPS Clinic - QuickNAV uses the latest simulator available for training in the classroom

Marine Basic First Aid / CPR

Power Boating Instruction

Pacific Encounters

Visit Website Pacific Encounters offers skippered charters and ISPA sailing instruction for up to six guests at a time aboard  Porpoise, a Hudson Force 50 classic, teak-finished ketch.  This beautiful vessel is owned and operated by John and Lyza Clarke, a couple with over forty years experience sailing together on the BC coast, including a recent trip offshore to Hawaii and back to Alaska.  You can choose an itinerary that ranges from the Gulf Islands, Desolation Sound, or up on the central coast of BC.  What could be better than learning to sail with experienced skippers as you enjoy some of the best cruising grounds in the world?

Plain sailing

Visit Website We offer various packages and programs from Competent Crew [basic seamanship] to Coastal Navigation to advanced Coastal Skipper certification. Because we are a small, owner operated, sailing school, we are able to provide our sailors the flexibility and individual attention they need. We normally take one to three students on 'cruise and learns'. We also offer skipper and instructor services on other's boats. Please see the web pages for more details.

Sindbad Sailing School

Visit Website You Can Learn to Sail on the Prairies.( At least around Edmonton, Alberta.) Owner operated school, offers ISPA courses from introduction to sailing to  advanced levels, leading to certification to charter and skipper your boat on the West Coast and beyond.

Starting with land based courses at Grant McEwan University, Competent Crew,  Day Skipper and Coastal Navigation  courses are available at various times from  spring to fall.

On Lake  Wabamun, courses of the practical part of Competent Crew and Day Skipper can be scheduled from early June to the end of September.. On the West Coast, the on water, practical  part of all the courses above and the Advanced Coastal Skipper course are offered in early May and the first  weeks of October.

For all your other sailing related needs, be it VHF Maritime Radio Operator License, Canadian Coast Guard Operator Card  or  individualized coaching to make up for years of absence from sailing/ racing, solutions are available  as needed. 

Stowaway Adventures

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Certified ISPA and IYT Offshore Sailing Instructor with over 20,000 instructional n. miles logged.

All levels of ISPA and IYT sailing instruction from Competent Crew, Day Skipper through to Coastal Skipper and Offshore.

A life time of experience including growing up on a sailboat in the Caribbean and 'Bluewater' Pacific crossings from Hawaii.

Stowaway Adventures is an ISPA and IYT Sailing School that offers sailing instruction around Vancouver Island, BC. We can certify you to bareboat charter or sail your own boat through International Sail and Power Association (ISPA) and/or International Yacht Training (IYT). Whether you are intending to set out on a world voyage or charter a bareboat - our goal is to get you sailing with confidence in yourself and your skills. Explore Desolation Sound, Gulf Islands, Sunshine Coast or the West Coast during week-long courses while we teach you how to sail the tidal waters around Vancouver Island, BC. and beyond.

I have been on boats all the way back into the mists of time; boats and the love of the water has given me a lifestyle full of adventure and an appreciation for the many bays and coves that form the our coastlines. As a youngster we left England on a thirty-two foot double ender; we went through the French canals, explored the Med and crossed the Atlantic to spend ten years in the Caribbean. Over the years since I’ve explored in anything that would float, ranging from half barrels and bits of polystyrene to the luxurious sailboats we have nowadays. For me there is little to touch the fun of anchoring in a new bay and going exploring to see what waits.

Tethys Offshore

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Westcoast Adventure College

Visit Website  Westcoast Adventure College trains guides and leaders for the adventure tourism industry in BC, Canada and around the world. See more information on our website

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