Victoria, BC.


Tel: (250) 744-0409


25 knot winds in Johnson Strait


Price Includes 5 days 4 nights accommodation, bedding and towels, 8 healthy meals while on-board (5 breakfasts , 5 lunches & 5 dinners.

Also included are all learning materials including home-study book, log book, CYA certification fees.

Course dates for 2017:

To Be Determined.

Other dates can be organized for groups of 3 or more.




Among the skills and information taught in this course include:

  1. How to read information provided on Canadian Hydrographic charts,
  2. Doing transit bearings;
  3. Plotting a dead reckoning position on a chart, using speed, time, and course through water,
    considering the effect of current and leeway;
  4. Determining a heading that takes current
    and leeway into consideration.
  5. Plotting a chart position from terrestrial objects, using two or more bearings on different objects taken at one time
  6. Preparing a plan of a coastal passage of at least 20 miles (using three diferent methods)
  7. Transfering positions between charts using nearest compass rose and measuring distances;
  8. Demonstrate a working knowledge of the Canadian buoyage and aids to navigation systems
  9. Use the Tide and Current Tables to find:
    a) Times and heights of tides at reference and secondary ports, and
    b) Direction and rate of current at reference
  10. And much more....





This intermediate level CYA course (Coastal Skipper) and especially it's companion "Coastal Navigation"is what you should have if you wish to do some serious cruising and bare boat chartering. These course will give you the skills and confidence "to cruise safely in familiar waters as both skipper and crew of a sailing yacht of 8 - 12 meters in moderate wind and sea conditions by day".


The Intermediate Course consists of a 5 day program aboard our Beneteau sloop. The "ashore" portion consists of learning what we need to know before putting these skills into practice. The "afloat skills" taught while aboard your floating classroom will cover trip planning, living afloat, weather, seamanship, and basic navigation. We will be sailing in the vicinity of the southern Gulf Islands. This is a beautiful part of the Pacific North West to learn your sailing skills.

Your Skipper/Instructor will be Gary Langstaff (see resume),


Course Prerequisites: Basic Cruising Standard. You should also have a recognized first aid certificate, a VHF radio operator’s certificate and have completed the CYA Coastal Navigation Standard (see below). To maximize the likelihood of successfully completing the Intermediate Cruising Standard, a candidate should have:

1) at least 10 days experience in the role of a Skipper (taking charge of boat and crew); and

2) have applied the knowledge and skills taught in the Basic Cruising Standard.


Coastal Navigation Standard

Objectives: To be able to demonstrate the navigational theory required to safely navigate a sailing cruiser in coastal or inland waters. The concepts are introduced in a rudimentary fashion the Basic Cruising course. This is an excellent course to take if you are wanting to bare boat charter anywhere in the world.

Prerequisites: None. However, this is one of the courses/standards required by CYA as a prerequisite to taking the Intermediate Cruising Standard described above.

The above objectives are covered in the Home study Coastal Navigation Course. Once you have completed your navigation course you may wish to add a GPS to your tool kit, if you haven't done so already.

This Coastal Navigation course is offered in a home-study format giving you the benefit of learning in your own time and space. In addition to being a prerequisite for the Intermediate Cruising course and a basic requirement for most companies offering bare boat charters, this course will be of benefit to anyone who sails. Among the usefull skills taught are how to read charts and use Tide and Current Tables. Contact us for more information.