Beginner Crew Course

Your First Step to Fun!

Learn to harness the power of the wind and work together as a crew on this first of a 2-part series designed to help you achieve your Sail Canada Basic Cruising Standard.

Our fleet of 24′ keelboats were build specifically for our program to be responsive and well-balanced – perfectly suited to our waters.

Details about this course are found below.

Learning is the Gateway to Having Fun on the Water

Getting Down to Details

No Experience Required

A Sense of Adventure & Humour is Essential!

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:  Earn your PCOC

Experience: No Experience Required

 

Pleasure Craft Operator Card (PCOC)

Class & Afloat Time

Theory Materials

Certification Fees

Lifejackets

Appropriate Sailing Attire (Covered in Your First Evening Session)

Lunch for On-Water Sessions

 

  • What makes the sailboat work?
  • Introductory Sailing Theory & Vocabulary (Welcome to a whole new language – elementary ‘sailor-ese’.)
  • Fun First; Safety Always
  • Your New Wardrobe – Dress Like a Sailor

Bay Skipper Program: The BAY SKIPPER program continues on where CREW leaves off.  This second week builds on the skills learned in CREW, with the aim of attaining Sail Canada level one certifications upon completion.

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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Beginner Crew Course

Your First Step to Fun!

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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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