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 voyages.
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.
12 day Yachtmaster Offshore courses are conducted monthly during circumnavigations of Vancouver
Island. These courses are scheduled on demand. The minimum prerequisites for YMO are Coastal
Navigator and Coastal Skipper.
Vic-Maui International Yacht Race – 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 performance. Please note: Celestial
Navigation is no longer part of the curriculum.
Please apply now!
Crew must be selected by 28-Feb2020.
Crew members must be able to participate in one or more of the Vic-Maui qualifying races such as: the
Southern Straits (Apr 10 – 12), Pacific Northwest Offshore (Oregon Classic) (May 7 – 10) or the
Swiftsure (May 23-25).
Prerequisites: Crew should hold a current First-Aid certificate, restricted Marine Radio Operator (MRO)
licence and a valid SAS (Survival at Sea) course certificate.
John Garfitt: 604-760-7021
PO Box 223
Bowen Island Post Office