... a few words about where we've been and how we can serve you best!
Cooper Boating delivers the best boating holidays in the world. The formula includes spectacular people, boats and processes that have been continually refined since 1983. When combined with the spectacular scenery, wildlife and cruising grounds of the British Columbia coast, Cooper Boating is the preferred choice for the best 'on the water' experiences.
Cooper's tradition of coaching – both in our courses and when introducing people to our boats and regions for charter experiences – sets us apart. As boaters take to the water with Cooper, our instructors set a course for a lifetime of great cruising. Each time people come back, our staff is ready with informative vessel and area orientations necessary to ensure trouble free and comfortable holidays on the water.
Cooper Boating is run by a team of dedicated individuals who have many years of boating and business experience. Cooper is open almost every day of the year, offering year-round services in the mild west coast climate.
Our graduates go places – while we are through and through a Canadian west coast company, we’ve had graduates of our programs head all over the globe and in a few cases, all the way around it!
Whether your next adventure is to conquer an ocean or harbour, become a competent crew member aboard a friend’s boat or just become a little more self sufficient as you explore our spectacular coastline – you set the goals and we help you get there.
A L I T T L E H I S T O R Y
Cooper Yacht Charters was started in 1983 by Forbes Cooper, who is often credited as being British Columbia's most successful boat builder, with thousands of boats on the water here at home and around the globe. Mr. Cooper sold the charter and school business in 1988 and later sold the boat factory to others, although he does still build select custom projects under his WestCoast Custom Yachts brand (many of which are featured in the Cooper fleet.)
Cooper Boating, as it stands today, is the product of growth and acquisitions, including asset acquisition of The Jib Set Sailing Centre, West Coast Cruising Centre, West Coast School of Seamanship, Seafari Sailing Expeditions, and Bosun's Charters and corporate acquisition of Pacific Rim Yacht Charters Ltd.
Cooper's third satellite location is open seasonally in Powell River, a large seaside community at the gateway to Desolation Sound. The city of Powell River is in the middle of significant upgrades to its waterfront and we look forward to an exciting new Powell River in the coming season.