No experience required!
Enjoy 5-days of practice docking, navigating, and vessels under sail and power. Designed to teach anyone who is just starting their boating adventures as skipper or crew, this course is perfect for first-time boaters or those who have been away from the water for a while. Savor and take in the BC coast while learning to sail under the guidance of an experienced instructor.
SAIL: $2,750 per-person
POWER: $3,300 per-person
Or bring your family and friends and enjoy a PRIVATE COURSE on your schedule, choosing your own boat, and customized instruction.
“Days were filled with the exhilaration of sailing, wonderful scenery, interesting new places to visit and the tranquility of mooring in quiet harbours and coves.” Reidun Eggen for THE PROVINCE newspaper
Learning is the Gateway to Having Fun on the Water
No experience required – but if you have some, our instructors will challenge you at whatever level of skill you bring to the course.
Participants will receive their theory materials in advance and join us on a 5-day/5-night liveaboard course.
PRIVATE COURSES are available for groups of family or friends who want to choose their own dates, boats, or seek more 1:1 time with their instructor. On a private course – you choose your own provisions, decide where to go with your skipper, and control how many times you choose to be on the docks or at anchor. Pricing is ala carte – simply choose your boat and we will customize the experience for you. Costs for private courses are not necessarily more expensive, they simply allow more freedom.
For more information about group or private courses, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
GROUP COURSE participants will pursue:
PRIVATE COURSE participants may pursue the following:
GROUP COURSE PRICING INCLUDES:
PARTICIPANTS SEEKING CERTIFICATION: Theory materials will be mailed in advance for preparation prior to boarding.
GROUP COURSE PARTICIPANTS: Appropriate Sailing Attire & Transport To/From the Starting Base
PRIVATE COURSE PARTICIPANTS: Private clients are responsible for the costs of all food (including for the skipper), fuel, moorage, and any certifications desired.
INTERMEDIATE CRUISE AND LEARN: With the rudiments of boat handling in hand, and once you take our VHF and Navigation Clinics, you are ready to enhance and expand your skills and experience on our INTERMEDIATE CRUISE & LEARN so that you are comfortable and capable to bareboat skipper and handle larger vessels for longer periods of time. Check it out for your next adventure!
CLINICS: If you are looking to further your ability to navigate safely and professionally on the water, and are wanting to take the next steps in your cruising certification, we have a number of clinics that you will need to take here at Cooper Boating. We have clinics for VHF/ROC(M), COASTAL NAVIGATION, DOCKING, DIESEL ENGINES, and more.
Full payment is due at the time of registration. 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.
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.
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Oct 3 & 5
VHF/ROC(M) (Classroom) – Vancouver
Bay Skipper 1 – Vancouver
Coastal Navigation (Classroom) – Vancouver
Basic Power – Vancouver
VHF/ROC(M) – Online (Register by November 7)
January 9 & 16
VHF/ROC(M) – Online (Register by December 23, 2022)
March 2, 4, 5
March 9, 11, 12
March 10, 11, 12
April 13, 15, 16
April 14, 15, 16
April 20, 22, 23
April 27-May 1
April 23-May 3
2023 Charter Client Check-Ride Weekend – Sidney
Refresher Weekend – Sidney
Docking Clinic – Sidney
May 4, 6, 7
May 11, 13, 14
May 12, 13, 14
May 18, 19, 20
May 25, 27, 28
May 25-June 1
2023 Charter Client – Check-Ride Weekend – Vancouver
Refresher Weekend – Vancouver
Docking Clinic (Power & Sail) – Vancouver
Sept. 29–Oct. 6