VSC203 Day Skipper

VSC203 - Coastal Day Skipper

Course Overview

Foundation sailing knowledge, seamanship, boat handling skills and navigation for coastal cruising during daylight hours within sight of land. Certification provides qualifications for bareboat cruising on 20-40 foot cruisers and personal yacht insurance discounts.


One of  VSC101 Qualified Crew, CYA Basic Crew or ASA101 Basic Keelboat or successful Test-Out

Course includes:

NauticEd Pre-course Study included:

  • Weather and Sea Conditions
  • 12V and Shorepower Electrical Systems
  • Auxiliary Diesel Engine Checks
  • Standing and Running Rigging
  • Rules of the Road
  • Anchoring, docking and mooring
  • Aids to Navigation System B
  • Coping with Emergencies
  • Maneuvering Under Power Clinic

ON-THE-WATER Practical includes:

  • Three (3) full days aboard Beneteau or Jeanneau keelboat with VSC Certified Instructor
  • Interpreting local and Regional Weather Forecasts
  • Developing sailing Float Plan with Local Knowledge, Tide & Current Tables, Aids to Navigation and Charts
  • Anchoring, docking and mooring demonstrations and practice
  • Maneuvering Under Power Clinic
  • Heavy weather sailing preparation and sail trim
  • Aids to Navigation
  • Man Overboard Recovery and emergency procedures
  • CCG & USCC Regulations and safety equipment Check-Out

Detailed Standard

VSC203 Day Skipper Cruising Certification Standard

Learning to sail at the VSC is rewarding:

  • CONFIDENT, RESPONSIBLE and PREPARED is our mutual goal- focus is on competence and safety in the context of  F U N and adventure
  • RECOGNITION - NauticED.org Certifications are respected qualifications for Bareboat Yacht Chartering and Yacht Insurance Companies worldwide
  • CONVENIENCE - progress at your own pace - each course includes a NauticED eLearning pre-course study and Vancouver Sailing Club's flexible year-round sailing schedule from our Vancouver, BC, docks and the British Virgin Islands (BVI)


  • One of two courses taken during a 7-day Cruise & Learn Adventure to Howe Sound, Gulf Islands, Desolation Sound or BVI- $1875
  • $725+GST for 3 day weekend course



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November, 19 2016 November, 21 2016
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January, 13 2017 January, 15 2017
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March, 17 2017 6:00 pm March, 19 2017 4:00 pm
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June, 2 2017 6:00 pm June, 4 2017 5:00 pm
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September, 23 2017 6:00 pm September, 25 2017 5:00 pm
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November, 18 2017 November, 19 2017
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January, 20 2018 8:30 am January, 22 2018 5:00 am
March, 17 2018 March, 19 2018
May, 19 2018 May, 21 2018
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