Cruise & Learn- Gulf Islands Mileage Builder

Relaxing aboard our boat while sailing the gulf islands

VSC Cruise & Learn includes:

  • NauticEd cloud-based LOG Book and Sailing Resume
  • Mediterranean Anchoring and Mooring Endorsement 
  • All aboard meals, snacks and non-alcoholic beverages

  • Fresh linens/ sleeping bags, towels and facecloths

  • Type 5 inflatable Personal Flotation Device ( life jacket)

  • Personal preparation for what to wear, bring with you and  study by your Cruise & Learn Instructor
  • Use of 2 Kayaks and 8HP RIB Dinghy
  • All fuel, docking and moorage fees 

Aboard one of our gulf island cruise and learn sailing adventures

- Derek Walter. Winnepeg, Manitoba, NauticED Certified Bareboat Charter Master 

- Marc Hess, Fredericksburg, Texas, NauticEd Certified  Bareboat Chartering Master  


Each day following a healthy breakfast, your instructor leads you through a morning sailing lesson, late morning sail, lunch afloat, afternoon passage, late afternoon anchoring, mooring or docking lesson, boat maintenance,  and the preparation of the Float Plan for next day.  New  course knowledge,  seamanship  and boat-handling skills objectives are posted and reviewed at the evening meal.

North Gulf Islands

Day 1 - Vancouver - morning  orientation and lesson, English Bay, lunch Hove-to Howe Sound and dock at Snug Cove Bowen Island- dinner at Bowen Island Pub


Day 2 - Passage around Bowen Island and Collingwood Channel to Plumper Cove Marine Park anchorage (Gibsons)- dinner at Molly's Reach or Smitty's Seafood

Day 3 - Passage along Sunshine Coast to Smugglers Cove Provincial Marine Park anchorage- dinner Chicken BBQ, Caesar Salad, Nanaimo Bars

Day 4 - Passage to Pender Harbor and Garden Bay Provincial Marine Park- dinner & entertainment Garden Bay/ Grasshopper PUB

Day 5 - Passage to Jedediah Island Provincial Marine Park- dinner BBQ

Day 6- Passage Thormanby Island, Half Moon Bay to Port Graves, Gambier Island - dinner Salmon feast anchored at Secret Cove

Day 7- Bareboat Charter Master Check-out, Gambier Island, Bowen Island, Point Atkinson, West Vancouver and False Creek docking before 4 pm 

South Gulf Islands

Day 1- Vancouver orientation English Bay, Straits of Georgia, Gabriola Passage, anchoring Pirates Cove- dinner BBQ

Day 2 - Trincomalli Channel, mooring at Montegue Provincial Marine Park Marine Park, Galiano Island- dinner at Hummingbird PUB

Day 3 - Prevost Island circumnavigation, Captains Passage, docking Ganges, Saltspring Island- dinner & entertainment Treehouse Cafe

Day 4- half-day sailing lesson on Captains Passage- back to Ganges for a bike and music at the Tree House Cafe or the Oyster Catcher Restaurant

Day 5- Navy Passage, Port Browning and  Bedwell Bay, Pender Island- swimming pool and dinner Poets Cove Resort

Day 6- Satellite Channel, Sansun Narrows, Saltspring Island and Mill Bay- dinner Mill Bay PUB

Day 7 - Bareboat Charter Master Check-out, Porlier Pass, Point Grey, English Bay, and False Creek docking before 4pm


"One year ago I had to start from ZERO. A few weeks ago I sailed a 36 ft sailboat from Nanaimo to Vancouver in 20 knots of wind with "my" crew and me at the helm in a completely comfortable and safe way. An unforgettable feeling and I owe it all to Carl Richardson (VSC Instructor)."

-Wim Arits, VSC204 Bareboat Cruising Master and VSC504 Competent Keelboat Racing Crew Certified


In addition to our sailing schedule of 5+ hours per day you are encouraged to take our RIB dinghy and to shore for seaside hiking, and snorkelling. We also have 2 kayaks for your use.


Our meals are designed to be healthy, delicious and light. Safe cooking aboard is taught in our galley complete with  gas stove with oven, refrigerator-freezer and deck mounted barbecue:

  • Breakfast is continental with fresh fruit juices, cereals, muffins, tea and coffee

  • Lunch includes soups and sandwiches with variety of soft drinks or milk

  • For dinners we alternate between local PUBS/ Cafes or  students assisting aboard in preparing barbecued fresh turkey, salmon, chicken, lamb or beef served with baby vegetables, pasta and salads. Desert is a local sweet surprise. 

Sightseeing when cruising the gulf islandsSleeping and Living Aboard

Each of the three private cabins are hatch & fan ventilated and have forced air heat for spring and fall sessions.

 Two salon couches can also be used as berths. We provide fresh laundered color- coded sleeping bags, towels and face cloths for each student. We also provide  non-allergenic soaps and body lotions.

 Our yacht has FILTERED  hot & cold pressurized water for sinks and shower to keep the crew comfortable.

Our yacht we use when sailing the gulf islands

It is requested that your personal gear is stowed in one duffle or soft walled bag. Bring enough clothing for 4 days only as we will be stopping at full service marinas equipped with washing machines. We recommend that you bring your own personal care products in an easily stored kit. For recommendations on clothing to bring please see our RESOURCES  link.


Enrolment Fees

$1875 pp for 7 days, $1425 pp for 5 days, $875 pp for 3 days- Group and Private rates are available on request


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