Find BC boat charters and sailing schools near you. Whether you’re brand new to sailing, or simply without a boat, we can get you on the water!

Our mission: Provide high quality recreational vessels, along with professional and personalized sailing instruction, to adventurous adults who want to realize their dream of exploring BC’s beautiful coastline and marine parks by boat.

Skippers — Who says you don’t have a boat on the West Coast?

You may enjoy the many worlds of British Columbia’s coast in the perfect boat for you and your party. The bareboat charter companies of British Columbia have vessels suited to every crew size, destination and skipper preference. We will have your boat ready to go when you arrive.

Next-Gen Skippers — Boating is for everyone and it is fun even learning.

Why not treat the whole family to a vacation on the water, while you learn to sail as a team. After five days of instruction, you earn a Day Skipper or Day Crew certification. The cost is less than a Vancouver to Anchorage cruise ship holiday. Which sounds more rewarding to you?

After another 5-7 days of instruction, you earn Intermediate certification, which qualifies you as a Bareboat Skipper. After two holidays, you are ready for the big holiday.

Now you have the skills to charter a boat.  The day may come when you buy a boat. In the mean time, chartering is an affordable option.

Vacations: transportation, accommodation, some meals included, ranging from $1400 to $4500 week, 4-10 guests.

You can charter a 30’ sailboat for as little as $1400/week. Shared by two couples or a family of four, that is an economical adventure holiday. (Meals are included, provided your fishing and crabbing are successful.) As boats get larger and more expensive, there is room for additional crew. At the top end, a 55’ power vessel sleeps 10. The cost is the same as a weekly houseboat rental on Shuswap Lake. You can frolic with the dolphins and whales, or float with the mosquitos.

Click on a logo and contact any of the Charter and Sail School companies below and let’s get you on the sea.

crya - Instructional Charters / Sailing Schools

Canadian Recreational Yachting Association


The Canadian Recreational Yachting Association is a non-profit organization dedicated to the training of sail and power boat operators, with an emphasis on safe handling and skillful use of pleasure craft. As recognized leaders in Sail and Power boat training, we have a complete curriculum for the beginner boater to the offshore sailor. Our sailing and boating school instructors emphasize real-life, on the water instruction and mentoring, in the context of Cruise and Learns and Day-tripping courses. Whether you want a customized training program on your own boat, an Instructor/skipper on a charter vessel, or wish to join a Sailing school class, our affiliated Schools will put together the instructional program YOU need. Check out Schools and Independent Instructors at

Desolation Sound Yacht Charters

Desolation Sound Yacht Charters

At Desolation Sound Yacht Charters we believe nothing is more enjoyable and exhilarating than sailing or power boating on a charter yacht. You decide when you wish to sail, swim, collect shellfish or just relax on deck. Many experienced sailors consider Desolation Sound to be among, or even the, most beautiful and varied cruising area on Earth. Warm weather and tidal patterns contribute to water temperatures in Desolation Sound exceeding 75°F (22°C) during summer. You can spend six glorious days in a wilderness setting while you learn to operate a power or sailing yacht. Our skippers also explore the deep fiords of Toba Inlet and Princess Louisa Inlet or cruise north to the wilds of the Broughton Archipelago and Great Bear Rainforest.

Nanaimo Yacht Charters & Sailing School

Nanaimo Yacht Charters

At Nanaimo Yacht Charters, we believe the only limitation to your yacht charter or instructional sailing vacation is the length of time you have to spend. Based in Nanaimo, we are ideally located for exploring the Gulf Islands, Princess Louisa Inlet and Desolation Sound. Plan your own holiday itinerary or choose from one of our popular routes. In addition to our selection of the very best in sail and motorized craft, we can put you in the Skipper’s chair with our instructional sailing vacation and other courses, all certified by the Canadian Recreational Yachting Association – CRYA.