Beginner to Advanced Learn & Cruise Sailing Courses.

Come and learn how to skipper a larger sailing yacht in open and coastal waters.

Before we head out on the cruising section of the course we take advantage of our base facilities to learn and brush up on technical boat handling before heading out and putting it all into practice in this amazing cruising playground.

All of the pleasure sail and power courses we run accredited by International Yacht Training Worldwide (IYT). These certifications are recognised by 25 governments (including Transport Canada) and many more charter companies around the world.

We use 40 to 50 foot yachts with a maximum of 4 students to one instructor for all our certified courses.

Courses listed are suitable for beginners, intermediate students and advanced level (Yachtmaster Courses) but can sometimes be run together to allow us to maximise our cruising time and area.

While you can book the crew training and International Bare Boat Skipper courses directly on our website from Feb 1 you will need to email and apply to take our Yachtmaster training and exams. Email us for more details on these advanced courses or to book prior to the courses going live online on Feb 1.

Courses run from April through to October and can be booked as individuals or as a group.

Our instructors are commercially endorsed (200GT) professional yachtsmen and women and have tens of thousands of sea miles gained as offshore racers, yacht delivery skippers, charter skippers and of course instructors. With each instructor needing at least 5 years yacht teaching experience and over 10000 sea miles (5000 being coastal) before they can work for us you know you’ll be in good hands.

Some information from the IYT website relating to the level and scope of training involved with each course is below but please contact us with any questions you may have at -

NYC Sailing School email 

New for 2019 - Experience Building Cruises 

For full details on IYT Courses and contents see the ITY Website below-

Beginner courses – International Crew

This certificate is aimed at those candidates who wish to train to become an active crew member on a sailing yacht.

•Crew on a vessel up to a maximum length of 78 ft /24 metres

•in coastal waters up to 20 miles offshore

•in daylight hours and in fair conditions with moderate wind and sea conditions

It is the level of competence that someone needs either when acting as watchkeeping crew on a yacht and as a skipper of a small yacht in protected waters where help is immediately available in calm conditions.

Prerequisite requirements - 16+ years of age.

Intermediate - International Bareboat Skipper, + Transport Canada ICC

This Course is not for beginners. We move onto more advanced skills in; boat handling, navigation, lights and shapes, mooring, anchoring and planning a one and two week sailing trip. Although it is not in the course curriculum we will cover night sailing and an introduction to night navigation.

Completion of this certification allows –

  • Command of a vessel up to a maximum length of 78 ft /24 metres

  • In coastal waters up to 20 miles offshore

  • In daylight hours and in fair conditions with moderate wind and sea conditions

This certificate is the level of competence that one needs when bareboat chartering.

Prerequisite requirements - Over 18 with some sailing experience. A VHF certificate will be required before the ICC can be awarded.

Advanced Courses 
Yachtmaster Coastal - The IYT Worldwide Yachtmaster Coastal certificate is a recreational certificate of competency for command of sailing and/or power vessels up to 24 metres in length up to 60 nm offshore. It is a comprehensive live aboard course consisting of six days for sail or five days for power, which includes the practical on water examination.

Yachtmaster Offshore - The IYT Worldwide Yachtmaster Offshore certificate is a recreational certificate of competency to command sailing and/or power vessels up to 24 metres in length up to 150 nm offshore. It is a comprehensive theory and live aboard course consisting of five days classroom theory and a practical component of six days for sail or five days for power including the practical on the water examination.

For full details of both these certifications please be sure to visit and read the IYT course details pages through the links below - 

IYT Coastal Information 

IYT Offshore Information

New for 2019 - Experience Building Cruises 

All of these course/cruises have a commercially certified Yachtmaster Instructor onboard at all times; so if it's skippering experience; advancing your qualifications; building sea miles toward you next level of certification or just going on a fun sailing cruise, you know you'll be in safe hands.

Ideal for those who have some qualifications or experience but want to go out and push their limits or have guidance in putting all the theory into practice.

All of these cruises are by sailing area, from a beginner style Georgia Strait mileage builder to a stunningly beautiful and taxing around Vancouver Island trip.

Although how taxing each of these cruises can be will depend on many factors we've show you our opinion on each by giving them an Energy Level rating of 1 to 3. 1 being the easiest and 3 being the most taxing. 

Around Vancouver Island Courses are aboard our 50 foot yacht and spaces are limited.

Prerequisite requirements - Over 18 with some sailing experience. 

400 Newcastle Ave. Nanaimo, BC

T: 250-754-7011

© 2015 Nanaimo Yacht Club

  • Facebook Social Icon