Over 5 days you will get to experience sailing in beautiful British Columbia while becoming a skipper. Students will take on more responsibilities in all aspects of operating the vessel from engine checks and route planning in the morning to ensuring the vessel is safe and secure each evening. Most meals will be provided onboard with students taking part in galley duties and keeping the vessel clean. We may choose to have dinner onshore one or two nights which will be at each students own expense. Prior to the 5 day live aboard course students will be required to finish the online theory portion of the IYT Flotilla/Bareboat Skipper Course.
- Be 16 years of age or over
- VHF maritime radio operators certificate (optional to add on to course)
- Preferably hold the IYT International Crew Certificate or equivalent
- Recommended to have logged over 200 nautical miles and 10 days at sea before advancing to this level
- Candidates who do not have 200 nautical miles may take this course and gain miles required to obtain certification during the course
-Required that students do the online theory for the IYT Flotilla/Bareboat Course prior to practical training.
The International Bareboat Skipper Course consists of Modules 13 – 25 in the IYT International Boating & Sailing Passport.
The course covers:
- Responsibilities of a bareboat skipper
- Crew safety checks; Hull and rig checks
- Machinery and systems checks
- Fuel and water capacity and range
- Menus and quantities
- Float plan
- Sources of meteorological information; weather patterns
- Sea and land breezes
- Cloud types and formations
- Pilotage and passage planning
- Considerations when planning a passage
- Routine for navigating a coastal passage
- Passage strategy
- Port regulations, customs, immigrationPilotage plans
- Vessel handling in confined quarters
- Mooring, anchoring, coming alongside
- Ropes, knots, care and use of lines
- General deck work
- Tides and currents theory; Tidal heights, springs and neaps
- Rule of “twelfths”
- Position fixing, running fixes
- Plotting the effect of tides and currents
- Collision regulations
- Lights, shapes and sounds
- Application of the regulations
- Advanced dingy handling
Want to book a private course? Have up to 3 others from your "social bubble" join in and book the whole vessel for a 5 day course for $4800. Dates are flexible, email us to inquire.
During the Covid-19 pandemic we ask for everyone’s cooperation in helping Venture BC run successful and safe courses and sails. According to the provincial health authority, the risk of transmission in an outdoor environment in general is extremely low. However we still want to minimize all risks onboard. It is important that everyone is following the guidelines laid out by our provincial health authority in their day to day lives, and is prepared to follow the additional rules that Venture BC has put in place to mitigate risk for our students and instructors in our unique environment.
Before joining any course or sailings with us, all students are required to read and sign an addendum to our normal waiver, agreeing to some basic conditions of participation.