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.
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
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.
John Garfitt: 604-760-7021
PO Box 223
Bowen Island Post Office
Bowen Island, BC, V0N 1G0