Navigation, Sailing and Power Boat courses

Gulf Islands Cruising School Ltd since 1980
Sidney BC

 

Contact Information                       

Telephone
250-656-2628

North America Toll Free
1-800-665-2628

Postal address
P.O. Box 2532 Sidney BC V8L 4B9   

Electronic mail
Bruce Stott

 

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  • Boat courses & instruction for Sail boat Power boat and Navigation
    Boat courses and instruction offered in sail boat, power boat and coastal navigation. Sidney, BC on Vancouver Island is the place to start boating for the Gulf Islands.

  • FAQ
    FAQ - Frequently asked Questions about boat vacations. The Canadian Gulf Islands, on Canada's West coast, offer some of the world's finest cruising grounds.

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  • EBooks
    Boating ebooks covering topics on boats, sailing, navigation, boat handling, docking, anchoring

  • VHF Radio Operator's Certificate
    Restricted Radio Operator's Certificate is required to operate a VHF radio aboard a boat. Offering power boat & sailing instruction in Sidney BC since 1980.

  • Home Study Coastal Navigation
    Home-study Coastal Navigation leads to CYA certification. Obtain your Coastal Navigation certification in the comfort of your own home.

    • Navigation standard
      Canadian Yachting Association Coastal Navigation Standard. Learn chart symbols, how to plot a course and a fix, read the tide and currents tables and allow for current and leeway.

  • Private Instruction
    Private Instruction aboard your own boat. Have a professional instructor give you and your crew Private Instruction in becoming familiar with your boat.

  • Power boat
    Learn to Power boat, power boat courses, Canadian Yachting Association member school. Offering boat & power boat instruction in Sidney BC since 1980.

    • Introduction to Boating
      Introduction to Boating - Power, Canadian Yachting Asssociation standard. Offering boating & powerboat instruction in Sidney BC since 1980.

    • Basic Outboard
      Canadian Yachting Association Basic Outboard Standard. Offering boating & powerboat instruction in Sidney BC since 1980. Instruction aboard your vessel is our speciality. CYA member school.

    • Basic Power boat Standard
      Canadian Yachting Association Basic Power boat Standard. Offering boating & power boat instruction in Sidney BC since 1980. Instruction aboard your vessel is our speciality. CYA member school.

    • Intermediate Powerboat
      Canadian Yachting Association Intermediate Power boat Standard. Offering boating & powerboat instruction in Sidney BC since 1980. Instruction aboard your powerboat is our speciality.

  • Sailing Instruction
    Sailing Instruction - Learn to Cruise live aboard courses from Sidney BC. Canadian Yachting Association member school. Offering boating & sailing instruction in Sidney BC since 1980.

    • Basic crew
      Canadian Yachting Association Basic Crew standard. Offering boating & sailing instruction in Sidney BC since 1980. CYA member school

    • Basic Cruising
      Canadian Yachting Association Basic Cruising Standard. Offering boating & sailing instruction in Sidney BC since 1980. CYA member school

    • Intermediate Cruising
      Canadian Yachting Association Intermediate Cruising Standard. Offering boating & sailing instruction in Sidney BC since 1980. CYA member school

    • Advanced cruising
      Canadian Yachting Association Advanced cruising Standard. Offering boating & sailing instruction in Sidney BC since 1980. CYA member school

  • Cruising the Pacific Northwest DVD
    Cruising the Pacific Northwest,The Gulf Islands, is a DVD highlighting Trip Planning and Cruising Information. This DVD features Point of View Cinematography as well as Aerial Cinematography.

  • Pleasure Craft Operator Card
    The Pleasure Craft Operator Card is proof of your competency. Offering boating & sailing instruction in Sidney BC since 1980. CYA member school

  • e-lessons
    E-lessons are short concise lessons on buying or handling your boat which can be downloaded immediately after purchasing.

  • fishing
    Fishing is a sport enjoyed by the whole family and can be done from the shore or from a boat.

    • Fishing links
      The following fishing links provide information on fresh and saltwater fishing.

  • Testimonials
    Testimonials received from clients of Gulf Islands Cruising School Ltd. Offering boating & sailing instruction in Sidney BC since 1980

  • Boating Articles
    Boating articles covering boating safety, PFD's, Office of Boating Safety, carbon monoxide, hypothermia, GPS and the PCOC.

    • Summer Boating
      Summer Boating - When summer hits, there’s no better time to go boating on a nice, cool body of water.

    • GPS and Sailing
      GPS, the Global Positioning System can be used to determine your position on th globe.

    • Tide and Current
      Tide and Current, Tide is the vertical motion of the water caused mainly by the gravitational effects of the sun and the moon.

    • Inspect your boat.
      Before your first trip away from the dock, you want to inspect your boat to make sure everything works the way it is supposed to.

    • Lifejackets and personal flotation devices (PFDs).
      Recreational boaters have options when it comes to lifejackets and personal flotation devices (PFDs) they can use for their safety.

    • Shore cords
      For boaters who enjoy shore power, shore cords are a must. However, harbors are reporting a number of unsafe aspects and are asking boaters to take a few moments to review their shore cords.

    • Pleasure craft operator card
      Passing a test to get your Pleasure Craft Operator Card may be mandatory but it's not enough; take a safe boating course.

    • Office of Boating Safety
      Free services from the Office of Boating Safety, pleasure craft courtesy check

    • Carbon monoxide - a silent killer
      An invisible, silent and deadly danger to boaters, carbon monoxide (CO) is being linked to an increasing number of boating deaths.

    • Cold Water Shock
      Cold water shock is thought to cause more deaths than hypothermia. Even strong swimmers experience rapid exhaustion from cold shock.

    • Uninvited Guests
      Boaters usually welcome guests aboard, but there are some uninvited guests you want to keep off your boat. Take steps to eliminate this enemy and kill those unwanted, uninvited guests.

    • Buying a new VHF Radio
      Buying a new VHF radio, consider one with a remote microphone

    • boating terms
      Boating terms and definitions for beginning boaters.

  • Boat Products
    Boat Products including Books, E-books, e-lessons, GPS

  • Bareboat Charter
    Bareboat charter, both power boats and sailboats in Sidney BC. The Canadian Gulf Islands, on Canada's West coast, offer some of the world's finest cruising grounds.

  • Cruising Checklist
    Canadian Yachting Association Cruising Checklist for powerboats and sailboats. Offering boating & sailing instruction in Sidney BC since 1980. CYA member school

  • Business Resources
    Information on some of the programs and resources we have used in our business with links to their web sites for your convenience.

  • Boating Tips
    Boating tips for beginners. Instruction offered in sail, power boat and coastal navigation. Sail and power boat tips to know when chartering in the Gulf Islands and San Juan Islands.

  • Newsletter
    This is the Newsletter of Gulf Islands Cruising School Ltd. The Canadian Gulf Islands, on Canada's West coast, offer some of the world's finest cruising grounds.

    • Spring 2007 Newsletter
      Spring 2007 newsletter for Gulf Islands Cruising School Ltd.

    • Winter 2007 Newsletter
      Winter 2007 newsletter of Gulf Islands Cruising School Ltd. Sidney, Vancouver Island

    • Fall 2006 Newsletter
      Fall 2006 newsletter of Gulf Islands Cruising School Ltd. The Canadian Gulf Islands, on Canada's West coast, offer some of the world's finest cruising grounds.

    • Spring 2006 newsletter
      Spring 2006 newsletter of Gulf Islands Cruising School Ltd. The Canadian Gulf Islands, on Canada's West coast, offer some of the world's finest cruising grounds.

  • Links
    Helpful links to other resources, boating, sailing and powerboat. The Canadian Gulf Islands, on Canada's West coast, offer some of the world's finest cruising grounds.

  • Contact Us
    Contact us at 1-800-665-2628 (Toll Free North America) for boating instruction and information. The Canadian Gulf Islands, on Canada's West coast, offer some of the world's finest cruising grounds.

  • About Us
    About us - details of Gulf Islands Cruising School Ltd. Owners Bruce & Fran Stott Boat courses and instruction offered in sail boat, power boat and coastal navigation. .

    • Nautical resume of Bruce Stott
      Nautical resume of Bruce Stott, President of Gulf Islands Cruising School Ltd. Outlines his qualifications as a Boating Instructor.

  • transport canada courses
    Transport Canada has introduced new qualifications for operators of Small Non-Pleasure vessels. These include Small Vessel Operator Proficiency, SVOP and MED A3.

  • Sailing Co-ops
    Sailing co-ops are an inexpensive way to gain experience sailing.

  • Contact form
    Contact form to allow comments and questions to be sent to Gulf Islands Cruising School Ltd. in regard to boat courses.

  • Boating Information Day 1 Welcome
    Welcome to Boating Information from Gulf Islands Cruising School, Sidney BC on Vancouver Island.

  • reprint policy
    This is the Reprint Policy for the Boating and Sailing articles

  • thanksgiving
    Thanksgiving Dinner - For boats equipped with two burners, the following is an idea for preparing Thanksgiving dinner on board.

  • free classifieds
    Free classifieds, classified ads, Adlandpro affiliate program, affiliate, networking, learning

  • Tall ships photos 2005
    Photos of the 2005 Tall Ships Festival

  • Boating-Forum
    Boating Forum of Gulf Islands Cruising School Ltd.

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  • Boating Cartoons
    Boating cartoons about sailing, power boat and fishing

  • Privacy Statement

 

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DVD
A video Cruising Guide to the Canadian Gulf Islands & SE Vancouver Island


Home Study Coastal Navigation Course
Self-paced, leads to Canadian Yachting Association Certification


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First Mate 101 
Teaches how to manage your vessel interior and exterior.


Boating e-lessons
Docking, anchoring, ramping, and more 


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