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Sindbad School of Sailing

Go Sailing! Sail With Sindbad & Learn A Skill For Life! Devoted to Teaching Safe Cruising Skills & Competent Seamanship

Cruise & Learn


About West Coast - Live Aboard Cruise & Learn Vacations

Sindbad School of Sailing regularly offers cruise and learn sailing lessons for learn to sail certificate for

Competent Crew

Day Skipper

Coastal Navigation

Coastal Skipper

Cruise and Learns are offered on the coastal tidal waters of the west coast of Beautiful British Columbia usually leaving from Vancouver Island, sailing the Gulf Islands, The Sunshine Coast, Desolation sound and many other destinations.

Live aboard instruction takes place on cruising sailboats of the 35-40 foot range and usually last 7 nights. Participants experience the full range of boat handling and navigational skills required for successful and safe cruising.

Join us for an exciting seven day, seven night cruise, from Nanaimo to the Sunshine Coast, the Gulf Islands, Desolation Sound or wherever the wind takes us and learn as you go.

Boarding at Stones Marina in Nanaimo, the Cruise and Learn Boat will be a 40 Ft. Oceanis,

We will spend some nights in marinas, others at anchor in some quiet anchorages at various islands, learning cruising, boat handling skills, navigation and having lots of fun. We will have fabulous meals on board and there will be ample time to explore the Islands, trails & nature to work it all off.

ISPA Ashore & Afloat Sailing Lessons & Certificate Programs, Courses & Instruction

PCOC Competent Crew Basic Sail Day Skipper Intermediate Sail Coastal Navigation Coastal Skipper Advanced Sail

To Register: email to [email protected] ca or call 780 953-5174

Next Cruise and Learn - Nanaimo BC

Departs Nanaimo, BC 


To be announced 

Deadline when announced or until berths last whichever comes first.

Book Your Berth Today!


will be announced soon

Deadline when announced or until Berths Last, Whichever comes first

Now Booking - Reserve Your Berth Today!

 $1699.00 7 Days & 7 Nights

Includes Boat, Instruction, Accommodation, Meals and Transportation between Marina & Airport

Sign Up for Your cruise and Learn today. Space Is Limited.

Cruise and Learn Max 6 (1 Instructor & 5 Students) Per Week

Includes ISPA Certificate Program Practical's Required for Certification.

Taking Registrations Now. If You're Planning to Go, Get Your Deposit in to Hold Your Berth

Advance Study & Booking Required. Deposits must be received to reserve dates and berths. Allow time to obtain course workbooks for advance homework (Approx 20 hrs) More info & registration forms can be found on course details pages.

To Register: email [email protected] ca or call (text) 780 953 5174

For those who have completed their certificate programs for Coastal Navigation & Coastal Skipper on our West Coast Cruise & Learns The next step is Skipper Excursions on Lake Wabamun & West Coast Flotillas for skippers who want more on the water experience in coastal/tidal waters and want to charter for the first time and for those who just want to join us for the experience and the fun. 

West Coast Nanaimo

ISPA Competent Crew Basic Sail - 7 Day Live Aboard Nanaimo

ISPA Day Skipper Intermediate Sail - 7 Day Live Aboard Nanaimo

ISPA Coastal Navigation - 7 Day Live Aboard - Nanaimo

ISPA Coastal Skipper Advanced Sail - 7 Day Live Aboard Nanaimo

Cruise & Learn Nanaimo 7 Day Live Aboard - Nanaimo

Flotillas for Certified Coastal Skippers 7 Day Charter Live Aboard - Nanaimo

To Register: email to [email protected] ca or call (text) 780-953-5174

Flight Arrangements

If you are interested in the Cruise & Learn departing Nanaimo let me know your plans, you need to get your deposits in as soon as possible to hold your berth. Hopefully we can fit you in on your choice date.

Air Canada

Watch for Air Canada Seat Sales - Air Canada flies to Nanaimo and the earlier you start watching flights the better chance there is of getting a good seat sale


You may also want to check out West Jet

Arrival and Departure dates are the first and last day of the cruise & learn 

Arrival in late Afternoon

Departure time around noon.

Please provide me with your arrival and departure so arrangements can be made to pick you up at the airport and take you to the Marina and vice versa.

Any certified skippers that want to charter or sail with us on a flotilla should also let me know, I can provide discounted prices for charters in Nanaimo.

Get Your VHF ROC(M)

Restricted Operator Certificate (Maritime)




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