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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. You will benefit from our years of personal experience in operating boat instructional programs. Sail Canada, formerly CYA, standards for Cruising, Coastal Navigation and Power boat are offered. If you are a boat owner and desire Sail Canada Certification, you may take instruction on your own boat to reduce costs and learn in a familiar environment. We can travel to your location - please inquire.

"Bruce Stott is a talented teacher. Whether it's knots, engine maintenance or docking with spring lines, he approaches every subject with a deep foundation of knowledge and genuine enthusiasm. His calm demeanor and limitless patience instill confidence and ensure an enjoyable experience."

Matt Bradley


North America map, Learn to PowerboatClick on the square for an enlarged image of Vancouver Island.  Courses depart from Sidney, B.C., about 4 km.(2.5 miles) from the Swartz Bay ferry terminal. The Victoria International Airport is just across the highway.



Bruce  is certified as a Sail Canada Senior Powerboat Instructor-Evaluator and has been teaching sailing and powerboating courses since 1970.  For more information on his credentials,
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It has been a real pleasure to meet you. Your patience & knowledge have helped get us off to a good start with our Riviera.

Wishing you all the best,
Brian & Terry

Learn to Powerboat Courses
All Powerboat courses lead to Sail Canada certification.

There are four levels of certification:

Introduction to Boating introduces novice boaters to safe practices in preparing to leave the dock, while underway, and when returning to dock.
Basic Outboard Standard - To be able to operate safely in familiar waters as a skipper of a boat under six metres and powered by an outboard engine under 55kW(75hp).   Prerequisites - none
Basic Power boat Standard - To be able to operate safely in familiar waters as a skipper of a boat over six metres and powered by an engine over 55kW(75hp).   Prerequisites - none
Intermediate Power boat Standard - To be able to operate safely in familiar waters as a skipper of a power boat between eight to twelve metres with inboard engine(s), by day, in moderate wind and sea conditions.  Prerequisites - Basic Power boat Standard, VHF Restricted Radio Operator's Certificate (Marine Voluntary - ROC-M)

Hi Bruce
I hope all is well. Bruce I wanted to tell you what a great trip we had. We all said over and over how thankful we were to have had such a great teacher! Our fuel costs were only $400.00 and switched to the second 100 gallon water tank on the last day. On returning to TMM I had to dock the 43 powercat in a 44 foot space and nailed it.
Thanks for all the skills.

The Phillips
Mill Bay BC

Sail Canada Power boat Skills Manual     $39
Sail Canada  Logbook                           $30
BC Sailing Registration fee                    $24 
Instructor                                           $600/day or $80/hour
Travel time outside of Sidney                $35/hour
Mileage $0.53/km, it is usually less expensive if I rent a car and charge for the fuel.

All above rates are subject to 5% GST.

If you don't have your own boat, you may charter one.  As brokers we can assist you in arranging a boat.  

The Basic Power boat Standard requires two to five days on the water depending on your previous experience.    The Intermediate Power boat Standard, may be taught aboard a twin engined vessel,  requires a live aboard cruise of at least 48 consecutive hours.  Usually these Standards are each taught as a five day live-aboard program.  A number of clients have chartered a boat for six days, taken the course at the start of their charter and finished the charter on their own. 

The home-study Coastal Navigation course teaches the skills needed to safely navigate in coastal waters. The course may be taken at any time, however it is an advantage to complete this Standard prior to taking the Intermediate course.



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