We are finalizing our 2012 course schedule at the moment and have some exciting new programs to unveil. Some of our programs have a habit of booking quickly, so we are introducing a few of them here so people can get thinking about them and start planning - contact the office today to enrol: Advanced Sailing - Inside Passage - Vancouver to Prince Rupert starts June 1 Rally Around Vancouver Island - June 17 Multiple Boats - Do CYA Intermediate, Advanced or Offshore CYA Intermediate (Caribbean) - Grenadines - Starts January 2012 (details coming soon) 7 Day Advanced Sailing - July 21 Vancouver to Ucluelet or August 11 Ucluelet to Vancouver 7 Day Offshore Sailing - August 4 (Start/Finish Ucluelet) VHF - January 7 or February 18Coastal Navigation - January 16 or February 13 The remaining courses in 2011 still have openings: Diesel Course (1 Day) November 20Advanced Diesel Starts November 22
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Subject: Introduction to sailing program - 2 great evenings ahead! (Posted on Mar 15, 2011 at 12:27PM)
One fun filled evening at our Granville Island sailing school classroom for shore based training followed by up to 4 hours on the water for a total of 7 hours of instruction for the world's best pastime!
$139 per person
2011 CLASSROOM DATES (6.30pm to 9.30pm)
Tuesday, April 5Friday, April 8 Tuesday, April 19 Monday, April 25
Monday, May 9 Monday, May 16 Tuesday, May 24 Monday, May 30
Tuesday, June 7 Friday, June 17 Tuesday, June 14 Monday, July 4
Thursday, July 7 Monday, July 18 Wednesday, July 20 Tuesday, August 2
Thursday, August 11 Tuesday, August 16 Monday, August 22 Friday, August 26
Wednesday, September 7Tuesday, September 13Thursday, September 15
At any of of these shore based sessions, we will organize folks into subsequent water based afloat sailing sessions, which will be offered evenings from 5pm to 9pm or dusk (whichever is earlier). Classroom groups will be divided into on the water sessions offered in the 2 weeks following each shore based session.
To reserve a space in a classroom session above, please go to our course page for this program.
We are unable to book the water sessions through the office - these reservations are only made at the classroom sessions.
Afloat sessions are aboard our Martin 244 pocket cruisers - designed and built locally for maximum sailing fun in Vancouver Harbour.
This was certainly a fun letter to open recently. It talks about someone far away signing up for a course here. We will let it speak for itself, but suffice to say a big THANKS to Marla for making the trip so special.
Text to follow or click on the image of the letter to open the original.
November 29, 2010
1815 Mast Tower
Forest Gump made the observation that “Life is like a box of
chocolates, you never know what you’re going to get!”
Investing in a sailing experience with a company that I had no
experience presented a significant financial risk.Boarding a boat and putting my life in the
hands of an instructor/captain whom I had no knowledge presented both a
personal and emotional risk.
But if every instructor Cooper Boating employees is even
close to the outstanding caliber of Marla Hedman all risk is nullified.In August of 2010, I opened a “box of
chocolates” to have one of the best experience of my life.From the moment I stepped on board the
Polaris to the moment we returned to Granville
Island my heart was
smiling.The crew whom I had never met
composed of an Engineer, a Physician, an Attorney and CEO, and myself: a
Professor and President of a leadership consulting company, were all highly
educated professionals that knew how to have a wonderful time.
Our instructor and captain Marla Hedman was equally as
professional and enjoyable.There was
not a moment that I felt unsafe or that I did not believe that she had a keen
observation of everything happening aboard the Polaris.Marla has a wonderful manner of teaching that
allowed the crew to maximize the talents and skills each of brought on board
while giving us the opportunity to learn in a comfortable non-threatening environment.Marla is an outstanding sailor with keen
ability to both sail and teach.She is
fun, has a genuine nature, is an exceptional listener and outstanding coach,
and someone I would be glad to sail with in any sea in any condition.
Thank you Cooper Boating for realizing it takes more than
just a fine boat to make a great sailing adventure.Thank you for selecting quality instructors
like Marla Hedman.I have been on other
boats in ports in different parts of the world where the captain made the
experience a nightmare for his or her crew.This experience was just the opposite: Marla Hedman made this “Bucket
List” moment in my life perfect!
Tim Clipson, Ed. D
Professor of Executive Leadership and Executive
President of Leadership Is For Everyone, Inc. (LIFE, Inc.)
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Subject: START HERE - New Friendly Schedule & Modular Format (Posted on Nov 16, 2010 at 08:03AM)
To compliment the friendly instructors we have around here, we've re-organized the courses into a modular format to allow people with busy lives to get this great pastime into their lives and ensure the sailing classes meet student objectives. Surrounding the basic level for new sailors is three core modules - CREW, BAY SKIPPER and CRUISING NUTS & BOLTS. If you would like the well rounded, cover all the bases approach, take all three modules. If you are looking to sail smaller keelboats (perhaps with our sailing club - the JIB SET - you can take the CREW module and start crewing on the 24 footers - putting your new skills into practice and having a lot of fun with the great group of people in our club.
Progress to the BAY SKIPPER level when you are keen to take things up a level and be comfortable in command of these great pocket cruisers -