Witsend Sailing School

Witsend Sailing School is based in Vancouver BC. We have 2 yachts and provide instructional sailing experiences from day sailing in English Bay to multi-day voyages in and around the Salish Sea, Desolation Sound, Discovery Islands and to Victoria.  During the voyages you will learn basic to advanced sailing skills, navigation, weather, radio operation, docking and anchoring and many other sailing related tasks. We are able to provide certification of your sailing skills to Competent Crew, Skipper and International SLC license. WSS is accredited by the CRYA and NauticEd and follow the Canadian and US recreational sailing standards. All of our on water activities are conducted with safety in mind, that said sailing can be the most exciting activity conducted at slow speed, under 7 knots, (14 kph, 8 mph). It can also provide some of the most relaxing times when the wind is calmer or we are moored and enjoying the sun, the sights, smells and gentle motion of the waves, which resonate well for many of us.

Sailing well requires continuous learning that we strive to provide along with an enjoyable and rewarding experience. So please check out our website and welcome aboard for your sailing adventure.

Use our boats or charter a yacht.

– Skipper Peter Francis

We provide the following experiences and features on our tours:
Sail Cruises
Multi-day Excursions
Marine Wildlife Viewing
Cultural/Local Experiences
Hot Springs
Other experiences and features:

Walker Bay sailing dingy for shore trips, spinnaker work, you sail the boat as much as you can and want,

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We provide tours to the following regions of British Columbia's coast:
Desolation Sound, Gulf Islands, Sunshine Coast/Princess Louisa Inlet, Vancouver Island East, Vancouver/Howe Sound, Broughton Archipelago/Johnstone Strait, Discovery Islands
Number of Vessels
Crew/Guest Ratio
Season Start Date
March 15
Season End Date
October 30