Nothing beats hands-on experience for improving your boating skills or learning new ones. This year's Victoria Inner Harbour Boat Show features hands-on, on-the-water boating workshops. Discover Boating presents two different Hands-on Skills Training clinics for powerboaters at the Victoria Inner Harbour Boat Show April 30 to May 3, 2015. Delivered in partnership with Bruce Stott of Gulf Islands Cruising School, who has been educated in the Hands-On Skills Training approach, our aim is to make boating more accessible, safe and enjoyable!
There's something for everyone — from absolute beginners to seasoned skippers! You'll learn from experts: all sessions are taught by skilled on-water trainers.
Each event is 60 minutes long and registration is free. Participation is limited to four persons per boat. These effective learning events will help develop skills that will last a lifetime and add significantly to your boating safety and enjoyment. Please note that to participate you must already have your PCOC (Pleasure Craft Operator Card).
Remember: these courses have limited spaces available during the show, so be sure to register in advance to book your space. Participation is on a first-come, first-served basis; and at no charge, we expect spaces to fill up quickly!
For more information about the Hands-on Skills Training program, visit www.DiscoverBoating.ca/HOST
Register for Skills Training HERE
Fundamentals of Close Quarters Powerboat Handling:
Hone your docking skills and practice close quarters manoeuvring with a professional instructor. Learn the fundamentals of boat control in confined spaces including how to confidently manoeuvre close to other boats, piers, docks and fixed objects. Participants will also learn how to turn around in tight spaces, back down a narrow channel in a straight line and other important docking and manoeuvring skills. It’s designed for all boaters who wish to increase both competence and confidence in docking situations.
Advanced Close Quarters Manoeuvring*:
The ability to confidently manoeuvre a boat in tight spaces is the hallmark of a competent skipper. This hands-on session covers advanced, precision boat control and docking techniques used by professional captains, including how to dock and depart confidently using spring lines and more. This event is ideal for experienced boaters, as well as those who are thinking about moving up in boat size or class.
*This clinic is only for those participants 18 and older.