Learn to Sail

Learn to Sail


Our Competent Crew course provides the foundations you need to become a qualified member of any crew. This 5 day course covers the theory and practical skills needed to keep you and the rest of the crew safe onboard.


  • Parts of a sailboat
  • Safe working practices and safety equipment
  • Fundamentals of sailing (raising and lowering sails, maneuvers)
  • Sail theory and points of sail (how a sailboat sails)
  • Emergency situations and procedures
  • Practical training will include fundamentals of sailing, general seamanship, emergency procedures, docking and anchoring.

Who should take this course:

Anyone looking to get into sailing or purchase their own sailboat. It is a foundational course to start your maritime adventures.  Everyone is welcome, no previous experience is necessary!

Upcoming Courses:

Please inquire to info@westcoastadventurecollege.com for the next available course. Group bookings are welcome.


Details about the course:

Learn to sail with us! Our 5 day course will get you confident to be part of any crew with theory and practical training. This is offered using the International Power and Sail Academy training model and recognized globally. Course includes 2 days of theory and 3 days on the water.

  • Minimum participants: 4
  • Maximum participants: 8


In class theory:

  • Westcoast Adventure College campus
    5449 Sooke Rd., Sooke, BC V9Z 0C8

On the water practical:

  • Depart from Port Sidney
  • Under current Covid 19 policies – day sailing unless private family groups

What’s Included:

  • ISPA approved instructor
  • ISPA manual
  • Logbook
  • Boat rental
  • PFD’s and safety equipment

What You Will Need:

  • Waterproof outer layers (rain jacket and pants)
  • Waterproof footwear
  • Appropriate warm layers if it is cold/ rainy forecast (ex. mitts and toque)
  • Snacks and lunch
  • Water
  • Face mask
  • Personal hand sanitizer
  • Hat
  • Note-taking material

Please familiarize yourself with our Covid-19 Policies and Agreement.

About our workshops

Our ethos is built on the foundation of connecting people to their environment. Each workshop is designed to provide learning and practice to hone individual skills. Vancouver Island is one of the best locations for outdoor education in Canada and with our experienced instructors and the diverse outdoor classrooms, participants will explore their backyard with a fun and educational focus.

About Us

Westcoast Adventure College was started in 2002 and has graduated over 300 wilderness guides. We are British Columbia’s premier Adventure Tourism College and with accreditation, by the BC Private Training Institutions Branch, we ensure the highest level of experience and skills required for today’s Adventure Tourism industry. Over 20 years in wilderness education has proven to us that the benefits of outdoor learning on participant confidence and knowledge retention is unparalleled.

Our Instructors

All of our instructors are professionals in the field with years of experience across BC and the world.

See instructor bios here!