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Flying Bulldog Sailing School Ltd. (FBSS)

Sailing School in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada - ISPA Boating Courses
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Combined Coastal Nav/Coastal Skipper 7 day Cruise & Learn

Jun 11, 2020 – Jun 18, 2020

Earn your ISPA Coast Navigator and Coastal Skipper Certificates of Competency on a combined 7 day Cruise & Learn.
You’ll live aboard Warlock, a beautiful Baltic 51 cutter where you will have your own cabin.
The course is offered in the waters between Desolation Sound and Victoria.
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ISPA Day Skipper 5 day Cruise & Learn

Jul 6, 2020 – Jul 10, 2020

Earn your ISPA Day Skipper Certificate of Competency on a 5 day Cruise and Learn in the waters of the Georgia Strait between Texada Island and Victoria.
You’ll live aboard Warlock, a beautiful Baltic 51 cutter, one of the best ocean-going sailboats on the west coast. Good food, fuel and instruct...

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FBSS is planning to resume operations on June 1. We’ll be offering the full range if ISPA courses and charters.
By respecting Covid-19 guidelines, you’ll be safer on board an FBSS course that you would be ashore. That’s a promise.

Single-Handed Sailing Tune-Up

May 1, 2020 – Dec 31, 2020

Do you want to confidently sail your yacht single-handed? I have 30 years experience. Learn about how to set up your boat for single-handed sailing. Master manoeuvring in confined spaces, docking, mooring and anchoring.
Learn about weather forecasting, heavy weather avoidance and much more.

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The 2020 Vic-Maui International Yacht Race has been cancelled due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Flying Bulldog Sailing School operations will be suspended until social contact restrictions are lifted.
In the meantime, please stay safe. Thank you for your support!

Monthly: Competent Crew to Yachtmaster Ocean

Mar 28, 2020 – Dec 31, 2020

ISPA Certificate of Competency Sailing Courses are scheduled on demand. First come, first served. Competent Crew to Yachtmaster Ocean.
Courses up to Coastal Skipper are generally taught in the Gulf and San Juan Islands in 5 and 7 day Cruise & Learn formats. Coastal Skipper and Yachtmaster courses...

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Victoria-Maui Yacht Race CANCELLED

Jul 10, 2020 – Jul 31, 2020

Yachtmaster Offshore, Yachtmaster Ocean
Crew positions are available aboard Warlock for the 2020 Vic-Maui International Yacht Race (#vicmaui) in July and the return voyage in August. Crew can earn Yachtmaster Offshore or Yachtmaster Ocean Certificates of Competence depending on experience and per...

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FBSS is a Transport Canada approved Recreational Boating School (RBS) operated by John Garfitt, ISPA IE, Yachtmaster Ocean, Sail and Yachtmaster Offshore, Power. The school is based out of Bowen Island, BC and operates S/V Warlock, a Baltic 51 centreboard cutter that is well equipped for offshore...

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Testimonials

a month ago
I had been looking for a good sailing school in Vancouver for a while. Then I found Flying Bulldog Sailing School. I obtained my day skipper certification and highly recommend that for anyone wanting to learn how to sail or brush up on your sailing skills or to just get a true experience of sailing to give John a call or email. His professional approach is also down to earth and he is a super knowledgeable gentleman. I would sail anytime with him and plan on obtaining more courses in the future.
- Roddy T
a month ago
I had a wonderful experience with captain John from the Flying Bulldog sailing school.A friend and I took the Day Skipper course and we felt like John taught us more than the school requirements! I suggest to anyone interested in learning to sail or wanting to Increase their sailing skills,John’s their guy! A great boat and the gulf islands as a classroom. Wow!
- Ken M
3 months ago
John is is very talented sailor and ISPA instructor. As an International Sail and power Academy Inc Instructor Evaluator John trains the highest levels of ISPA instructors. John provides the best in sailing instruction and works very hard to get the best results for his trainees. Its a pleasure to sail with him on a vessel that is superb for the task. Kevin Wilson
- Kevin W

FLYING BULLDOG SAILING SCHOOL LTD

FBSS is a Transport Canada approved Recreational Boating School (RBS) operated by John Garfitt, P.Eng., ISPA IE, Yachtmaster Ocean, Sail and Yachtmaster Offshore, Power. 

The school is based out of Bowen Island, BC and operates S/V Warlock, a Baltic 51 centreboard cutter that is well equipped for offshore passage making and single-handed sailing.

Please Note
There is no automated booking on this website. That’s be cause I want to understand your needs and how I can meet them.
Please email: info@FBSS.ca for fastest response.

ISPA Competent Crew Cruise & Learn
This course is for novice sailors and is offered in a 5 day Cruise & Learn format aboard Warlock in the Gulf and San Juan Islands. There are no prerequisites. Just come ready to learn and enjoy the sailing lifestyle. C$1250 + GST, all inclusive.

ISPA Day Skipper Cruise & Learn
5 day Day Skipper Cruise & Learn courses are offered on demand throughout the spring, summer and fall in the waters between Texada Island and Victoria including the Gulf Islands and San Juans. 
Day Skipper prerequisite is Competent Crew or equivalent practical experience. DS is the minimum qualification most yacht charter companies require in order to bare-boat charter. C$1250 + GST, all inclusive.
 
ISPA Coastal Navigator and Coastal Skipper Cruise & Learn 
FBSS offers 7 day Coastal Navigator and Coastal Skipper Cruise & Learn courses on demand throughout the spring, summer and fall in the waters between Texada Island and Victoria including the Gulf Islands and San Juans some of the most scenic cruising grounds in the world. 
C$1850 + GST, all inclusive. 

ISPA Yachtmaster Offshore 
12 day Yachtmaster Offshore courses are conducted monthly as circumnavigations of Vancouver Island. These courses are scheduled on demand. The minimum prerequisites for YMO are Coastal Navigator and Coastal Skipper. C$3750 + GST, all inclusive. 

ISPA Coastal Skipper, Coastal Navigator, Yachtmaster Offshore
Van-Isle 360 Yacht Race 2021
Crew positions are available aboard Warlock for the 2021 Van-Isle 360 Yacht Race (#vanisle360).
You can earn ISPA Certificates of Competency at the Coastal Skipper, Coastal Navigator, Yachtmaster Offshore levels depending on your experience and performance. Please note: Celestial Navigation is no longer part of the curriculum. 

Crew members must be able to participate in one or more of the qualifying races such as the Southern Straits.

Prerequisites: Crew should hold a current First-Aid certificate, restricted Marine Radio Operator Licence (ROC (M) DSC) and a valid SAS (Survival at Sea) 2day course certificate.
Start planning now! $500 security deposit required to reserve your slot. Cost is $3950 + GST, all inclusive.

Vancouver to Costa Rica via Baja - ISPA Yachtmaster Ocean, Aug-Sept-2020
This is a 2 leg, long-distance ocean voyage on which you can earn Yachtmaster Offshore or Yachtmaster Ocean depending on pre-qualifications. You can sign up for Vancouver to Baja, Baja to Costa Rica or the entire voyage.
Maximum ship’s complement will be 6.
C$5000 - $7500 + GST, all inclusive.
Please inquire.

Contact Us: 
Info@FBSS.ca www.flyingbulldogsailingschool.com 

John Garfitt: 604-760-7021 

Mailing Address: 
PO Box 223 Bowen Island Post Office Bowen Island, BC, V0N 1G0

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104 266 Hirst Ave W
Parksville, BC V9P2K9
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