Private Instruction on Your Boat
"We have discussed our / my unnecessary disdain when we have made errors and have admired your handling
of such uncomfortable situations. We have learned and built a stronger boating relationship upon those
errors in judgement. For that we thank you!"
|S & J, Malahat BC, 2021
Have you just purchased your first boat
and want private instruction? Have you moved to a larger boat? Are you switching from sail to power or
vice versa? Do you have new navigation electronics onboard and you want some private instruction on how to
operate your electronics?
We can help! If you need some pointers in
docking or undocking - we can assist. If your boat is a single engine, inboard or outboard or twin engines we
can show you the ropes (Pun intended!). We have experience on motor boats from 8' dinghies to 86' yachts
as well as sailing boats up to 56'.
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"I have enjoyed several hours of instructive and pleasurable boating
tuition from Mr Bruce Stott. As a first time boat owner, I have much to learn and felt my confidence
growing each time we journeyed out. I have learned a great deal regarding boating safety and
regulations, from dockside preparations for leaving, reading and understanding charts, correct
anchoring procedures and importantly, using the local waterways safely and responsibly.
This makes me feel more equipped and able to venture out safely with my
Bruce is a very patient tutor and his knowledge and communication skills
make for a very worthwhile and informative boating experience."
|Mr Yat Keung Mak
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For the new boater we usually start with a
pre-departure check to ensure the boat is properly equipped to make a safe passage. We will check all the
Transport Canada required safety equipment and give you suggestions on what needs to be replaced or upgraded and
recommendations on where to purchase or have the equipment serviced. You will be shown how
to use the safety equipment and where possible, have an opportunity to practise using this
You will be shown all the checks to perform on
your engine(s) and mechanical systems before getting underway.
Docking and undocking is usually the next step
followed by anchoring, mooring and Man overboard drills. You will be taught the correct operation of all the
electronics such as VHF radio, radar, GPS, chart plotters, depth sounder and auto-pilot.
If required, you will be shown the procedures for
operating all the domestic systems such as shore-power, galley equipment, all electrical systems and sanitation
Thank you again for making the trip a success. I was particularly
impressed by your teaching ability in the close quarters maneuvering – your manner makes it easy to
process the instructions and see what is happening. Good for learning.
It was great to see the bow and stern springs – I had not seen that
before and I can see that they are v good tricks to have in the toolbox. Much wider range of
situations than just the midship springs.
For boat owners new to the area we also
conduct familiarization cruises where you have the opportunity to use all your boat's navigation equipment while
cruising in the Gulf Islands. If you require training in navigation we can provide you with our
home-study Coastal Navigation
course. We strongly
encourage families to take the instruction together.
Sail Canada Powerboat Skills
Sail Canada Basic Cruising Skills
for each student
Add $130 for second person
Travel time outside of
Mileage $0.53/km, it is usually less expensive if I rent a car and charge for the fuel.
All above rates are subject to 5% GST.
Topics covered may include:
Docking and undocking
including use of spring lines,
Handling your boat in
GPS - how to enter waypoints, construct routes, understand XTE, VMG, SOG, COG
Radar - how to tune your radar, the function of all the controls, EBL and VRM - what they are and how to use
them for collision avoidance and navigation
Integrated systems combining GPS, depth sounder, radar and chart plotter such as RayMarine and
Computer based charting systems such as Marine Map or Nobeltec
VHF radio operation
including administering the exam for the Restricted Operator Certificate - Maritime ROC(M)
Any of the Sail Canada Standards, Power or Sail,
may be taught aboard your own boat.