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We offer a step-by-step sailing education following the highest training standards as the only Royal Yachting Association training centre on the west coast of North America.  Sea to Sky Sailing takes you through five levels of RYA training and can open the door for students to earn the International Certificate of Competency (ICC).  Our experienced instructors are passionate about giving students the best opportunities to learn in a safe, fun and encouraging environment.  Students complete our courses with valuable practical experience and plenty of confidence gained from our high quality, hands-on approach to learning.

You can enter our training program at whatever level makes sense for you given your previous sailing experience- just make sure to check the pre-requisites since it’s no fun to be in way over your head! Contact us if you have any questions about any of our Learn to Sail programs and which one is right for you. 

 

Learn to Sail Level 1: Start Sailing

The Start Sailing course is exactly what it sounds like! We introduce you to sailing a yacht and help you become a knowledgeable, confident and competent crewmember to have on board. It is an ideal starting point for those with dinghy sailing experience but not ‘big boat’ sailing time, or for those who are brand new to the awesome world of sailing! In this 4-day course (day sailing only, not live-aboard), you will learn how to use winches, helm a big boat, understand all the terminology, knots and actions to take as the crew for tacking, gybing, and sailing from A to B. Read the Course Details page for the full curriculum. 

Prerequisites
None! This is our entry level Learn to Sail course, no experience required.

4 days of on-the-water training, returning home each night.
4 students maximum.

Open to ages 16+
20% off for ages 16-25

695.00
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Learn to Sail Level 2: Competent Crew

The Competent Crew course introduces you to the cruising lifestyle and all its delights. In this 3-day live-aboard course, you will fine tune your sailing while learning to live on a yacht, explore new anchorages and venture beyond our home port.  Read the Course Details page for the full curriculum. 

At the end you will have completed the RYA Competent Crew practical curriculum.  You will be ready to head out on the water with friends or family as a more confident and useful crew member, gaining a bit more experience before entering the Day Skipper program.

Prerequisites
Sailing experience on a yacht is required to the level of Start Sailing.

3 days of live-aboard, on-the-water training.
5 students maximum.

Open to ages 18+
20% off for ages 18-25

825.00
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Learn to Sail Level 3: Day Skipper

During the Day Skipper course, we give you the tools to safely take command of a boat on your own.  You will build on the skills learned as Competent Crew and gained in some 'extracurricular' mileage building in between courses.  Here you learn to take your crew from A to B without hitting C in between or getting lost and ending up at D.  

In this course you are working towards the RYA Day Skipper standard, which also allows you to apply for the International Certificate of Competency (ICC).  This standard aims to give you the knowledge to safely and confidently charter a boat anywhere in the world and sail it during the day within 20 nautical miles of shore.  

Pre-requisites
5 days at sea
100 nautical miles
4 hours on watch at night

Co-requisites
VHF restricted operator's certificate (VHF-ROC)

5 days live-aboard training
5 students maximum

Open to ages 18+
20% off for ages 18-25

1,575.00
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Learn to Sail Level 4: Yachtmaster Coastal

Yachtmaster Coastal is an advanced course, and the first one to open the door to professional certification through the RYA.  It offers intensive training to take you from a beginner level skipper to one who can confidently plan and execute longer coastal cruises, navigate safely at night, and escape even farther by sail.  On top of all the knowledge and skills gained from the Day Skipper level, students must have considerable additional sailing experience... check our Adventures section for plenty of opportunities to wrack up the miles!

Check the course details page for full information or contact us to get started.

Pre-requisites
30 days at sea
800 nautical miles
12 hours on watch at night
2 days as skipper
... and more! Check Course Details for more information

5 days live aboard training
4 students maximum

Open to ages 18+
20% off for ages 18-25

2,075.00
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Learn to Sail Level 5: Yachtmaster Offshore

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In this advanced preparatory course, we help you rapidly upskill your sailing and navigation so you can explore farther and escape to sea for longer… safely.  The Yachtmaster Offshore course is our final level of cruising instruction, following the Royal Yachting Association standard of training and resulting in globally recognized certification. The Yachtmaster Offshore certification can provide you with all the knowledge and skills to pursue extended voyages and offshore sailing for fun or it can be commercially endorsed, opening the door for you to launch a career in the global sailing industry.  

The goal of the Yachtmaster Offshore course is to develop your skills as a skipper capable of safely commanding a yacht up to 150 miles from a safe haven.  

Prerequisites
50 days at sea
2,500 nautical miles
5 passages over 60 miles long
5 days experience as skipper…
and more! Check Course Details for more information.

5 days live-aboard training
4 students maximum

Open to ages 18+
20% off for ages 18-25

2,075.00
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