Boating and Navigation Courses for Power and Sailboat Operators

Come boating in BC.  Have fun on the water while learning to operate your
boat safely and confidently.

Picture yourself at the helm with your family and friends experiencing the freedom and adventure boating offers. 

Whether you are a new boater, moving up to a larger vessel, or from sail to power or vice versa we can assist you with private instruction tailored to your needs.  You may obtain your Coastal Navigation certification and VHF Radio Operator's certificate with our home-study programs.

Since 1980, Gulf Islands Cruising School Ltd. has been providing quality boating instruction. We are the oldest cruising school in B.C. under continuous ownership.

Pleasure Craft Operators

The Canadian Government has brought in regulations requiring all boaters operating a powered boat to have proof of competency. A Pleasure Craft Operators Card is one acceptable form. The deadline for having proof of proficiency was September 15, 2009  

Boat courses Gulf Islands Cruising School Ltd. logo  Charters 

Not a boat owner or a boater wanting to experience the cruising grounds of BC? 

Many clients prefer to cruise from Sidney which is easily accessible by plane or ferry. The Victoria International Airport as well as the BC Ferry and Anacortes Ferry Terminals are within fifteen minutes drive.

By starting a cruise from Sidney on Vancouver Island, there are many places to explore within a few hours travel time - Sidney Spit Marine Park, Portland Island, North and South Pender, Galiano Island and Saltspring Island. The above destinations are within twenty miles of Sidney. Most of the islands are approximately two miles apart and are sheltered from the Strait of Georgia.

We act as brokers for the major charter companies in BC.  Allow us to assist you in finding the vessel for your vacation.  We can also arrange charters with a skipper/Instructor aboard.

Come and explore the Gulf Islands. Choose from bustling resorts or quiet anchorages.

Discover the unspoiled beauty of the inland sea where eagles fly and Orcas swim.


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Boating Information

Coastal Navigation 

Easy Family Boating Recipes

VHF Radio Operator

Powerboating Information

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