Training and Certification

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Desolation Sound yacht Charters offers International Yacht Certification. We are a registered Canadian Recreational Yachting Association (CRYA) training center and provide a variety of courses to begin or increase your qualifications on the water.

Enjoy cruise and learn charters or explore your opportunity in the global marine industry. We have a variety of instruction programs to suit you.

Desolation Sound Yacht Charters (DSYC) offers special packages to qualify you for bareboat chartering. Imagine spending six glorious days cruising the beautiful Desolation Sound as you learn to operate a power or sailing yacht.

The goal of this certification is to enable you to cruise safely in local coastal waters as skipper in moderate wind and sea conditions by day.

Basic courses are designed for the novice boater and those with minimal experience on keel sailboats or displacement power yachts in tidal waters and no prerequisites are required. Courses are fun and informative. Students successfully completing the course can return to charter a similar vessel in the future.

Additional Offshore Courses

Basic sailing and power courses are offered on boats from 32 to 42 feet and are equipped with hot & cold pressure water, shower/head, propane stoves/ovens and BBQs. Full safety, navigation and galley equipment are standard. All boats have dinghies/tenders. Find the yacht that meets your needs at Sail Charter Fleet or Power Charter Fleet.

Cruise N’ Learn Course - Basic Sail or Power

Learn to cruise and sail in the beautiful Strait of Georgia with your own personalized Cruise N’ Learn Course experience. You and up to three of your friends will receive personalized CRYA instruction on a yacht in our fleet.

The cost of the course does not include provisioning or fuel. You are responsible for provisioning for yourself and the instructor. The advantages of setting up your own course are having your friends or family sailing with you, personalized instruction time, choosing your dates to suit your schedule and choosing the size of the yacht (up to 42′).

Contact DYSC to request a quote.