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Flying Bulldog Sailing School Ltd. (FBSS)

Sailing School in British Columbia Canada ISPA Boating Courses
Open today until 9:00 PM
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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

4 weeks 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
4 weeks ago
John has been a friend and engineering mentor since 1988 and has guided my passion for sailing throughout. His uncommon ability to apply sound fundamentals to solutions of design and vehicle operation bring the thoroughbred out of each yacht that he has owned and married with his unquestionable instructor pedigree will bring out the best in any yachtsman aspiring to reach that next big step ! Rob N.
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FLYING BULLDOG SAILING SCHOOL LTD

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. 

Yachtmaster Offshore 
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. 

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

Please apply now! 
Race crew must be selected by 31-Dec-2020.

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 - Aug-Sept-2020
This will be a long distance ocean voyage on which you can earn Yachtmaster Offshore or Yachtmaster Ocean depending on pre-qualifications. 
Maximum ship’s complement will be 6.
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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Mon:8:00 AM – 9:00 PM
Tue:8:00 AM – 9:00 PM
Wed:8:00 AM – 9:00 PM
Thu:8:00 AM – 9:00 PM
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Sat:8:00 AM – 9:00 PM
Sun:8:00 AM – 9:00 PM
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