Courses

OUR PASSION IS COACHING YOU TO A STATE OF COMFORT ON THE WATER - SO YOU CAN HAVE MORE FUN

If you’re not comfortable with any aspect of boating, the one and only remedy is building skills through lessons and practice. We can take you from zero to hero with proven techniques and an emphasis on enjoying the ride. You get on the water to have fun – the process of getting comfortable can be fun.

Below is the selections of Courses that are available through Cooper Boating. Whether you are new to life on the water, looking to brush up your navigation and docking skills, or are ready to experience the thrill of an offshore adventure, there is a course here for you.

Level One

Level Two

Level Three

Clinics

Level One Courses

Any LEVEL ONE course has no prerequisites and the focus is on FUNdamental skills. Be part of the action and start to understand what’s going on. Our focus is to keep you in protected waters and close to home whether as a crew member or newbie skipper.
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  • Cooper Boating (Sidney)
  • Cooper Boating (Vancouver)
  • Granville Island Keg Restaurant
  • JIB SET Sailing Club
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  • Cooper Boating (Sidney)
  • Cooper Boating (Vancouver)
  • Granville Island Keg Restaurant
  • JIB SET Sailing Club

Crew Course

It all starts here –  getting out on small responsive boats can start a lifetime of fun on the water.

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Bay Skipper Course

This sailing program allows you to round out your FUNdamentals as a skipper in sheltered waters in the daysailing boats.

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Cruising Nuts and Bolts

Round out your FUNdamentals with a weekend on a cruising boat with systems in Level One Module Three.

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Cruise & Learn (Vancouver)

Jump aboard for an adventure to the Sunshine Coast as you learn the FUNdamentals on this live aboard cruising adventure.

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Cruise & Learn (Sidney)

Set sail from beautiful Port Sidney Marina and explore the southern Gulf Islands while you learn the ropes and the FUNdamentals for one of the best pastimes on this planet.

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Cruise & Learn (Women Only)

Set sail from beautiful Port Sidney Marina and explore the southern Gulf Islands while you learn the ropes and the FUNdamentals for one of the best pastimes on this planet.

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Power Course

This course is the perfect program to teach you the fundamentals and rudiments of boat operation under power of up to 75hp.

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Coastal Navigation

Have a great time learning where you are and how to get to your favourite place in the playground!

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Refresher

Brush up those skills in a fun one day session aboard a medium sized cruising sailboat with inboard diesel and furling genoa in this one day program.

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Level Two Courses

A LEVEL TWO course is about stepping up and becoming a self sufficient coastal skipper. There’s no substitute for experience, so you will be immersed in lessons gaining as much experience we can get you on running boats and their systems, as well as navigating to unfamiliar waters and discovering the joy of new places.
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  • Cooper Boating (Sidney)
  • Cooper Boating (Vancouver)
  • Granville Island Keg Restaurant
  • JIB SET Sailing Club

Coastal Navigation (Level 2)

We’ll take you to the next level of proper navigation techniques and pilotage within the sight of land.

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Cruise & Learn (Sid Level 2 3 day)

Step up to more challenging cruising and become a self-sufficient coastal skipper.

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Cruise & Learn (Sid Level 2 5 Day Sail)

Become a self sufficient coastal skipper as you partake in this level two adventure.

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Cruise & Learn (Van Level 2 5 Day Sail)

Become a self sufficient coastal skipper as you partake in this level two adventure.

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Level Three Courses

Our LEVEL THREE programs are about pushing boundaries and being self sufficient in the most remote settings on our wet planet. Heading to Alaska, Mexico or Hawaii – try this sort of cruising with us before making any big leaps on your own.
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  • Cooper Boating (Sidney)
  • Cooper Boating (Vancouver)
  • Granville Island Keg Restaurant
  • JIB SET Sailing Club

Cruise & Learn (Van Level 3 5 Day Sail)

Challenge yourself in this top level cruising program.  Set sail from Granville Island.

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Instructors Course

If you are passionate about sailing, love people and sharing, this could be for you.

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Round the Island

Circumnavigate Vancouver Island’s 700 nm of picturesque coastline and watch it vanish part of the time as you taste offshore cruising!

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Clinics

Below is the selections of Clinics that are available through Cooper Boating. Whether you are looking to brush up your anchoring and docking skills, or are ready to tackle engine maintenance, there is a Clinic here for you.
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  • Cooper Boating (Sidney)
  • Cooper Boating (Vancouver)
  • Granville Island Keg Restaurant
  • JIB SET Sailing Club

Anchoring Clinic

One day clinic with hands on and theory to help make you more proficient anchoring and a little more at ease when anchored.

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Diesel Clinic

A weekend of hands on and theory to make you far more comfortable with that key source of propulsion.

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Docking Clinic

Learn the theory and hands on practice handling a medium sized sailboat with inboard diesel and wheel steering.

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VHF Radio Clinic

Two evenings to learn and obtain your Restricted Operator’s Certificate (Marine)

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