Winter Boating Courses to Keep Your Skills Sharp

Whether you are a skilled offshore cruiser or a new boater with only a few seasons under your belt, there is always more to learn when it comes to boating. The New Year holiday season is an excellent time to perfect existing skills or learn a wealth of new information. We have compiled a list of courses that are offered in Victoria, Vancouver, or online. Many of the courses are offered across Canada, so it is recommended to check with your local Power and Sail Squadron for more information on courses in your area.

Marine Electrical Maintenance

This course is taught by the Vancouver branch of the Canadian Power and Sail Squadron. It teaches you the basics to keep your on-board electrical systems maintained and safe.

Where: Prince of Wales Secondary School, Vancouver B.C.

When: January 24, 2019 – March 14, 2019


Looking to start sailing, or increase your knowledge of sailing procedures? This course goes over all aspects of sailing theory including rigging, handling foul weather conditions and much more.

Where: Prince of Wales Secondary School, Vancouver B.C.

When: January 15, 2019 – March 12, 2019

Near Shore Marine Navigation Level 1

This course dives deep into essential boating information, especially for those who spend long time frames away from shore. Course topics include: medical emergencies at sea, tides, and marlinespike seamanship. This course is also offered online from February 21, 2019 – May 16, 2019 in addition to being offered in a classroom.

Where: St. Matthias Anglican Church, Victoria B.C.

When: January 15, 2019 – April 16, 2019

Offshore Marine Navigation Level 2

Building on the information relayed in the Level 1 course, this course requires a strong foundation of navigation with topics that include celestial navigation, sextant training, offshore electronics and navigating in emergencies. This course is offered online.

Where: Online

When: January 7, 2019 – March 25, 2019

Offshore Personal Survival Course

This is a 2-day course offered in Victoria by the Vic-Maui International Yacht Race. It includes a theory session, as well as practical sessions with in pool training. Participants will learn how to properly conduct a man-overboard rescue, hypothermia & cold-water immersion, emergency signals and much more.

Where: Royal Victoria Yacht Club, University of Victoria (McKinnon Pool)

When: March 23, 2019 – March 24, 2019

What boating courses would you like to see offered in 2019?