COOPER BOATING news ~ latest information about boating in BC
Subject: excited about a smaller addition
(Posted on Feb 26, 2015 at 09:32AM by Colin Jackson)
~ we are delighted to announce the addition of a late model, low hours SILVERTON 34 CONVERTIBLE at our VANCOUVER LOCATION ~

we don't yet have a name for this new vessel, but she will be deployed in both bareboat charters & our recreational boating school programs

~ if you are looking for a great boating holiday, this boat will delight those looking for a great boat in a smaller package ~

thanks to current market demand, we are very excited to be adding a boat that isn't a monster or intimidating to handle

~ JENY at our VANCOUVER OFFICE is standing by to line up your boating adventure on this boat - contact her TODAY ~

Subject: classroom on the water
(Posted on May 18, 2014 at 10:18AM )
This could be YOU!
This photo from instructor Marla- she's out on the water right now teaching a Basic Cruise & Learn 5 day on-the-water course.
Wouldn't you like to be out on the water too?  Check out our courses, CLUBS, and charters- or give us a call to get started!
(Posted on Apr 4, 2014 at 03:55PM )
Follow up to the introduction of Cooper Boating's new course announced April 1st:  
We have newly acquired a qualified instructor to fill the position of - HEAD INSTRUCTOR. 

Announcing Cooper Boating's new Head Instructor:   John Gourlay! 

We are all thrilled to have John in this new role, and look forward to seeing him put his skills, passion, drive & enthusiasm for boating towards making our courses, coaching sessions, and clinics excel to a level that surpasses our already excellent standards.  (no pressure John!)
We’re confident that you will enjoy John’s friendly demeanour, and his fun and fastidious teaching style. 
Welcome aboard John!
A little background on John:

John started sailing when he was 10 years old in El Toros on Henderson Lake in Lethbridge, Alberta.  The family joined the St. Mary’s Sailing Club a few years later where John sailed and raced Enterprises and Lasers.   He got lucky and won a race in 1967, and was sent to Ottawa to represent Alberta at the Centennial Regatta.  His crew was the youngest crew there, and he was the youngest sailor in the entire Regatta.   He continued sailing and racing during his working career in Ottawa, even gaining the title of a director of the New Edinburgh Yacht Club for a term.  When his career brought him to the West Coast, he upgraded his knowledge of boats and diesel engines by  taking a number of courses with Cooper Boating.   John has been a long time member of Cooper Boating's Cruising Club, which he joined in 2002, and became even more involved with Cooper after his retirement, when he took his Basic Cruising Instructors Certification in 2010.  He has also taken his Intermediate, Advanced, and Off-Shore courses through Coopers.  He is currently working on completing his Intermediate Cruising Instructor and Basic Instructor/Examiner certifications.

And here's John in action on a Cruise & Learn:

Subject: heading into last day of VANCOUVER BOAT SHOW
(Posted on Feb 10, 2013 at 08:52PM by Colin Jackson)
four days down - last one is our new BC FAMILY DAY ~ what a better way to spend family day could there be than to check out the BOAT SHOW?

we've had the crew from the JIB SET & some of our instructors taking out people for boat rides on power boats and sail boats - gettting the best for boating instruction and sailing instruction as well as our fun filled clubs - our fun centre also has the bbq running from 2-4pm so you can grab a hot dog and some snazzy cupcakes courtesy of goodies2go ~

our office is 44 steps from the floating show entrance

in the floating show, check out the many cool boats, especially the new GREENLINE HYBRID through BOSUN'S YACHT SALES

at BC place, we're at booth 523 

last chance is MONDAY - hope to see you there!
Subject: 3 SPECTACULAR december events - including BEER IN THE BILGES
(Posted on Nov 25, 2012 at 05:29PM by Colin Jackson)
we have 3 great events that each provide superb chances to think boating without actually going boating on the near horizon:

on DECEMBER 1, we have a preview of the new DUFOUR 45e "ALEGRIA" - come learn about the technical mumbo jumbo that makes this boat soooo special - and learn a little about the finer points of sailing at the same time ~ our advanced sail training courses for 2013 will set a new standard for fun & excitement afloat

on DECEMBER 7, we have a double feature - learn about the new CREW membership and how to join groups exploring BC & BEYOND by BOAT - and meet COOPER VETERAN INSTRUCTOR ALAN BOREHAM as he debuts his new book BEER IN THE BILGES 


3 great chances to get together with warm boating folks off season - we're open daily for your RSVP ~ and visit our EVENTS page for more fun ~ including trips that are actually on the water!

Subject: hockey mystery unlocked
(Posted on Apr 23, 2012 at 03:51PM by Colin Jackson)
the great mystery of how our local hockey team so quickly fell from grace is easily explained by the fantastic boating season ahead

after that great easter weekend followed by the first few games, clearly the boating gods were winning their struggle against the hockey gods and in the end, lords of boating charters and boating lessons dictated that the superb boating season ahead was everyone's destiny, including our local hockey team

hope our team enjoys the water - you should too!
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