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