Bay Skipper Course

Round out your FUNdamentals as a Skipper

After completing our CREW course, this second course prepares you to take charge of the boat in appropriate conditions. This course adds depth to some of the topics introduced earlier and continues your knowledge with more terminology and experience to build confidence skippering the boat in moderate conditions.

Get back onto the same boats you sailed on the CREW course.

This course is relevant to people seeking to own or charter boats up to approximately 27′ with tiller steering and an outboard motor. At the end of this program, you can be tested for national or international certifications and commence a journey as skipper for small boats in moderate conditions.

Details about this course are found below.

Learning is the Gateway to Having Fun on the Water

Getting Down to Details

PCOC (Pleasure Craft Operator Card)

CREW (Module One) or Equivalent Experience

BAY SKIPPER Program Includes 3 Sessions & Online Support When You Enroll

Session 1: Classroom from 1830-2130 hours (Thursdays)

Sessions 2 & 3: On-Water from 0900-1700 (Saturday & Sunday)

Certifications:  Sail Canada Basic Cruising Standard

Experience/Requirements: PCOC & CREW Course or Equivalent

Class & Afloat Time

Theory Materials

Certification Fees

Lifejackets

Appropriate Sailing Attire

Lunch for On-Water Sessions

  • sailing vessel handling skills
  • anchoring
  • berthing / docking
  • seamanship
  • first aid afloat
  • rules of the road
  • further points of sail
  • navigation / aids to navigation (level one)
  • weather
  • ropework / knots

If you are looking to be a self sufficient coastal skipper and hoping to extended cruising, options include:

  • practice and more practice
  • specialty clinics for docking
  • VHF/ROC(M) clinic
  • level one Coastal Navigation
  • more practice

Cruise & Learn: Cruise & Learn courses allow students at all levels to learn and grow in 5-day live aboard course aboard a 32-40′ sailboat.

Full payment is due at or within 90 days of a course start date. Cancellations made 91+ days prior to the course start date will be subject to a 10% plus tax cancellation fee. The remainder will be refunded via the original method of payment. Cancellations made less than 91 days prior to the course start date are ineligible for a refund. We cannot accept any changes less than 91 days prior to the course start date.

All participants in training programs must be COVID-19 negative upon arrival to our facilities and be willing to submit to a COVID-19 test upon request.

COURSES MAY BE CANCELED IF CLASS SIZE DOES NOT MEET MINIMUM ENROLLMENT REQUIREMENTS

WE HIGHLY RECOMMEND THAT YOU PURCHASE MEDICAL AND CANCELLATION INSURANCE FOR YOUR PEACE OF MIND. BEGIN WITH YOUR FAVOURITE TRAVEL AGENT.

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Bay Skipper Course

Round out your FUNdamentals as a Skipper

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$449

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Upcoming courses

Whether you seek training in Canada with Cooper Boating or south of the border in Bellingham, WA with NW Explorations, here’s a look at the many training opportunities available.

For more information, email us at:

British Columbiaschool@cooperboating.com
Washington Statetraining@nwexplorations.com 

TRAINING & EVENT CALENDAR – 2022/2023

Sept 23-Oct 7

Desolation Flotilla (Power) – Bellingham with NW Explorations

Oct 3 & 5

Oct 13

Oct 18

Oct 21

VHF/ROC(M) (Classroom) – Vancouver

Bay Skipper 1 – Vancouver

Coastal Navigation (Classroom) – Vancouver

Basic Power – Vancouver

November 19

VHF/ROC(M) – Online (Register by November 7)

January 9 & 16

VHF/ROC(M) – Online (Register by December 23, 2022)

March 25-31

Beginner Crew & Skipper Cruise & Learn – Sidney

April 9-10

April 8-10

April 13-17

April 15-17

 

April 22-24

April 27-May 1

April 21-28

April 23-May 3

2023 Charter Client Check-Ride Weekend – Sidney

Refresher Weekend – Sidney

Docking Clinic – Sidney

3-day Power Boat Course – Bellingham with NW Explorations

5-day Power Boat Course – Bellingham with NW Explorations

3-day Women on the Water Power Course – Bellingham with NW Explorations

3-day Power Boat Course – Bellingham with NW Explorations

3-day Power Boat Course – Bellingham with NW Explorations

5-day Power Boat Course – Bellingham with NW Exploration

Beginner Crew & Skipper Cruise & Learn – Sidney

10-day Advanced Sail – Sidney

May 4-8

May 6-8

May 6-13

May 7-8

May 13-15

May 18-22

May 20-22

 

May 25-29

May 25-June 1

May 27-29

5-day Power Boat – Bellingham with NW Explorations

3-day Women on the Water Power Course – Bellingham with NW Explorations

3-day Power Boat Course – Bellingham with NW Explorations

Beginner Crew & Skipper Cruise & Learn (Sail) – Sidney

2023 Charter Client – Check-Ride Weekend – Vancouver

Refresher Weekend – Vancouver

Docking Clinic (Power & Sail) – Vancouver

3-day Power Boat – Bellingham with NW Explorations

5-day Power Boat – Bellingham with NW Explorations

3-day Women on the Water Power Course – Bellingham with NW Explorations

5-day Powerboat – Bellingham with NW Explorations

3-day Power Boat – Bellingham with NW Explorations

Beginner Crew & Skipper Cruise & Learn (Sail & Power)- Sidney

3-day Power Boat Course – Bellingham with NW Explorations

Sept. 29–Oct. 6

10-day Advanced Sail – Vancouver

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