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Coastal Navigation Testimonials

"Dear Bruce,

Many thanks for the home-study coastal navigation course ... I liked being able to work on my own, in my own time and found the course covered a lot of 'ground' and the exercises included lots of practical, local nav problems."

Dr Sandra M Taylor 
British Columbia

To whom it may concern,  
I took the coastal navigation course from Bruce Stott at Gulf Islands Cruising School Ltd. The final exam went well.  
Bruce was helpful and professional. I would recommend this school to anyone wishing to take the Coastal navigation course.  

Richard Coquet  
St Brieux, Sask.  

Private Instruction Testimonials

"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
Edmonton AB

"Hi Bruce,

Terry and I returned for an unchaperoned weekend on our boat. We just went over to Cowichan Bay - we planned a short trip and did not want to be too ambitious on our first solo. There was a lot of marine traffic, including the large ferries in Swartz Bay.

Everything went well, in large part due to your assistance - thank you. We saw more than one example of a large boat being docked very poorly! What a circus it can be on the water.

Our docking was very good, and drew an appreciative comment from the owner of the marina. A little knowledge of spring lines would help a lot of skippers at the dock.

Trust that you are well, and enjoying the nicer weather."

Brian & Terry
Riviera 33

Private Instruction"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

Private Instruction Susan

"I have enjoyed several hours of instructive and pleasurable boating tuition from Mr Bruce Stott. As a first time boat owner, I have much to learn and felt my confidence growing each time we journeyed out. I have learned a great deal regarding boating safety and regulations, from dockside preparations for leaving, reading and understanding charts, correct anchoring procedures and importantly, using the local waterways safely and responsibly.

This makes me feel more equipped and able to venture out safely with my family.  
Bruce is a very patient tutor and his knowledge and communication skills make for a very worthwhile and informative boating experience."  
Mr Yat Keung Mak.  
British Columbia

"August 06, 2006 "



To Whom It May Concern


We have just completed a 2-year sailing adventure of a lifetime. R Factor in Moorea

Our sailing experience prior to this adventure was zero, with exception of our sailing lessons with Bruce Stott of Gulf Islands Cruising School Ltd. Bruce Stott provided us with many new skills including sailing, docking and dinghy lessons not only for myself but also for my wife and 3 children on our sailboat we had just purchased. With our newly acquired skills we travelled to the Alaska Ice Fields, to  Mexico and across the Pacific Ocean to travel through many of the islands in the South Pacific such as Tahiti, Bora Bora, Tonga and Fiji.


I would not hesitate to recommend anyone to Gulf Islands Cruising School Ltd. wishing to gain either new skills or improve their existing skills.




Bruce Ritchie

Captain of the Sailing Vessel “R Factor” 



Thank you again  for an excellent boating coarse! Your expertise was very helpful in many aspects, not just in basic boating, but boat handling, care and  so much more.  I also appreciated your  calm, very clear instruction and directions.

And, at some future date we would like to book more time with you (more boating skills and use of down riggers). We can do this whenever it is a slack (or should I say less hectic) period for you.


I really enjoyed the time spent on the boat and your careful instuction and hope to further my education in this interesting way of life in the future. 
Thanks again. 
Ray Morin 

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


Cruise & Learn Testimonials

I would not hesitate to recommend Gulf Islands Cruising School to an aspiring sailor.  This company has experience and a very high standard of professionalism.

Bev Hughes
Alberta  Sail Canada Instructor - Retired

We are so grateful to you & your program.  It was the beginning of our sailing life - & what a wonderful opportunity it is.  
Thank you!  
Larry & Julie  
We have a Maple Leaf 45 called Komara.  We're going to Mexico, down the coast & through Panama into the Caribbean.  Then planning to cross to Europe, maybe Ireland, England then down into the Mediterranean before coming back to the Caribbean.  Who knows after that.  
We had a Westsail 42 since 1993 & took her offshore for a yr with our kids, aged 15 & 16.  Then we cruised California to Mexico, Hawaii & back.  
It's because of the training I received through Gulf Island's Cruising that I was confident enough to learn to handle the Westsail & now the Maple Leaf.  
Hooked on Sailing, 



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