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.
Congratulations to Marla Hedman and Stephen DesRoches, our first two TOP FUN instructors - celebrated last night at our annual pre-season instructor meeting. Marla and Stephen have been working - occasionally as a team as you will see here - to generate spectacular courses here at Cooper. We have to admit some of their feats can only be described as 'magic' - but keep up the great work and here's hoping the magic dust washes over to the 'runners up' and our new instructors!
We also want to congratulate the batch of 'freshly minted' instructors from the January class under the guidance of David West.
The November class, led by Oliver Woolcock and James Johnstone were a bit camera shy except for this burn around the bay on a Farr 40.
Wait a moment - FARR 40? - perhaps this group is well on their way to TOP FUN status?
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Subject: Sailing lessons and the box of chocolate (Posted on Dec 14, 2010 at 08:59PM)
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: Last Basic Sailing Class Cooper Boating this weekend..... (Posted on Oct 27, 2010 at 06:11PM)
We're running the last Basic sailing class starting Wednesday this week. Not just the last course for the year, but the last class with the current format. We're breaking this course info modular components for a couple reasons.
The new format is CREW and BAY SKIPPER. Both courses span less than a week in format and have different objectives.
The reasons to change are to make the course shorter for ease of scheduling and to better match client objectives as they take to the water. New sailors with us have shared that courses drawn out over many weeks make it hard to balance with their busy lives. In addition, part of having fun on the water is having the level of experience that matches the level of responsibility. Many people want to just crew aboard the boat and have fun.
Want to crew aboard a bigger boat? Do the CREW module and then our CRUISING NUTS & BOLTS weekend. Want to be a skipper on the day sailing boats and cruise English Bay? Then proceed to the BAY SKIPPER after CREW. Feel free to get some practice as a crew member in between. Want to get to the bigger cruising boats? Add the third module of CRUISING NUTS & BOLTS.
Both CREW and BAY SKIPPER run two evenings in the classroom during the same week and the on the water component involves the entire weekend that same week.