GETTING DOWN TO DETAILS
two evenings in the classroom midweek from 6:30 to 9:
start having fun aboard as you learn the ropes!
our CREW program works towards being comfortable as a crew member and obtaining the government license (PCOC) so you can take the helm of these great boats
you will unlock some of the mystery around sailing and have a lot of fun working with fellow crew members at this level - we will work on making you think like a sailor, talk like a sailor and more!
afterwards, consider crewing as a member of the club here or with friends that have boats
want to skipper the day boats? ~ follow this up with module B - BAY SKIPPER
want to crew on larger boats? ~ follow up with module C - CRUISING NUTS & BOLTS
30pm (MONDAY & WEDNESDAY
for those starting on a MONDAY and TUESDAY & THURSDAY for those starting on a TUESDAY) and then SATURDAY & SUNDAY that weekend from 9pm to 5pm each day on the water
parking restrictions at GRANVILLE ISLAND end at 7pm, so anyone arriving after 4pm will be able to park in any of the 3 hour spaces ~ parking for the weekend will be covered at the ashore sessions
WHAT YOU NEED TO BRING
appropriate clothing will be required for the water session, which can vary seasonally and part of this will be covered in 'dress like a sailor' in the shore based sessions
our package includes the course materials, boat and class time and required certification materials & fees (single certification - extra fees will apply if you want more than one certification)
$399 PER PERSON
Basic Crew Day Sailing Program (module one)
Please read the following carefully to ensure you have a wonderful boating experience.
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Please ensure that your confirmation reflects the correct course, location and date.
You are welcome to review the Safe Boating Guide prior to the course. You will need to read the entire Safe Boating Guiding prior to writing your Pleasure Craft Operators Card (written at the end of the course). For an online version of the new Transport Canada Safe Boating guide, please go to
All course materials will be handed out during the first classroom session. If you would like an electronic copy to review beforehand, please ask us to forward this on.
Our classroom is located at 1832 Mast Tower Road, which is across the street from the Lobster Man. The door is labeled Cooper Boating.
Both classroom and afloat Instruction aboard a 22-24’ keel boat
Sail Canada certified instructor
Course materials & PCOC exam fees
What to Expect
The course runs for one week from our Vancouver Granville Island location. The course consists of two week night lectures from 6:30pm – 9:30pm (either a Mon & Wed or Tues & Thurs) and a two days of Sailing on the weekend (both Saturday and Sunday from 9am – 5 pm)
You may or may not get the same instructor for all of your water sessions.
There is no bathroom on the boats. You will be given a couple dock side breaks where you can use the on shore facilities
Be prepared to go sailing rain or shine and dress accordingly.
In order to receive your Pleasure Craft Operators Card exam (PCOC) you will need to successfully pass the 45 min exam written on the last day (Sunday)
What to Wear
Dress in layers as the weather can change on you while you are out there!
Deck shoes (non marking soft soled shoes)
Deck boots (if you think it’s going to rain)
Sun hat / warm toque
Sailing gloves (reinforced palms similar to biking or weight lifting gloves)
Waterproof jacket and pants
Sweater or fleece pull over
Wind breaker jacket (for summer months)
Bottled water and Lunch
BAY SKIPPER DAY PROGRAM ( module two)
The Bay Skipper program continues on where Basic Crew leaves off. Upon the building blocks learned during this week, students will gain the skills necessary to act as skipper aboard a 22’-24’ day sailing keelboat in familiar waters. This second week mirrors the format of Basic Crew (two evening lectures and two day of Sailing) with the aim of attaining the Sail Canada Basic Cruising Standard upon completion.
CRUISING NUTS AND BOLTS (module three)
This weekend live aboard course offers graduates of the Bay Skipper Program an opportunity for a spectacular weekend away aboard a 32-36’ yacht. Students will apply their previously learned skills while sailing into Howe Sound and spending the night at anchor.
Please contact our office for further details
Payment Terms and Cancellation Policy
All balances are due 90 days prior to the course start date. Cancellations made 91+ days prior to the course start date will be subject to a 10% plus tax cancellation fee. The remainder will be refunded via the original method of payment. Cancellations made less than 91 days prior to the course start date are ineligible for a refund. We cannot accept any changes less than 91 days prior to the course start date.
We highly recommend that you purchase medical and cancellation insurance for your peace of mind.
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