Boating and Navigation Courses for Power and Sailboat Operators
Boating’s Hands-On Skills Training
Nothing beats hands-on
experience for improving your boating skills or learning new ones. This year's show features hands-on,
on-the-water boating workshops. Discover Boating presents two different Hands-on Skills Training CLINICS for
powerboaters at the Victoria Inner Harbour Boat Show April 30 to May 3, 2015. Delivered in partnership with
Bruce Stott of Gulf Islands Cruising School Ltd. who has been educated in the Hands-On Skills Training
approach, our aim is to make boating more accessible, safe and enjoyable!
There's something for
everyone — from absolute beginners to seasoned skippers! You'll learn from experts: All sessions are taught
by skilled on-water trainers.
Each event is 60
minutes long and registration is free. Participation is limited to four persons per boat. These effective
learning events will help develop skills that will last a lifetime and add significantly to your boating
safety and enjoyment. Please note that to participate you must already have your PCOC (Pleasure Craft
Remember: These courses
have limited spaces available during the show, so be sure to register in advance to book your space.
Participation is on a first-come, first-served basis; and at no charge, we expect spaces to fill up
For more information
about the Hands-on Skills Training program, visit www.DiscoverBoating.ca/HOST.
Register For Skills
Fundamentals of Close
Quarters Powerboat Handling:
Hone your docking
skills and practice close quarters manoeuvring with a professional instructor. Learn the fundamentals of boat
control in confined spaces including how to confidently manoeuvre close to other boats, piers, docks and
fixed objects. Participants will also learn how to turn around in tight spaces, back down a narrow channel in
a straight line and other important docking and manoeuvring skills. It’s designed for all boaters who wish to
increase both competence and confidence in docking situations.
The ability to
confidently manoeuvre a boat in tight spaces is the hallmark of a competent skipper. This hands-on session
covers advanced, precision boat control and docking techniques used by professional captains, including how
to dock and depart confidently using spring lines and more. This event is ideal for experienced boaters, as
well as those who are thinking about moving up in boat size or class.
*This Clinic is only for those participants 18 and older.
Come boating in BC. Have fun on the water while learning to operate your
Picture yourself at the
helm with your family and friends experiencing the freedom and adventure boating
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
Pleasure Craft Operators
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,
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
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.