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BCA Vancouver Courses

The Vancouver area courses below are open for registration. Click the orange link at the end of each course description for more details, pricing and to register. Pricing is discounted for BCA members - one of the benefits of BCA membership.

For more information on Vancouver Education Courses please contact Shannon Rae by email at vaneducation@bluewatercruising.org

 


Vancouver 2017: Understanding, Installing and Operating HF Marine Radio Transceivers - Saturday October 21, 2017

To provide basic theory, installation, operation, and troubleshooting of SSB HF Marine Radio and Pactor modems for sailors, typically those leaving for offshore cruising. Martin Dunsmuir, with more than 40 years of experience, provides consulting and expertise in this field. 

For more info and to register click here.



Vancouver 2017: SCS Pactor modem installation and operation - Sunday October 22, 2017

SCS Pactor modem installation and operation: This seminar includes understanding the SSB system operations and options such as Winlink and Sailmail with a focus on weather FAX, email, Grib files etc. This is an essential seminar for those with the SSB basic radio understanding so you are then able to use your radio for all your offshore communications. 

For more info and to register click here.



Vancouver 2017: Basic Marine Radar with Kevin Monohan - Saturday October 28, 2017

Learn from a radar expert. After completion of this seminar, students will be able to set up their radars for maximum results and interpret the display under a variety of conditions. Identify land-masses, other vessels and transient targets; use radar effectively for collision avoidance and navigation, and interpret and control the display under a variety of conditions. 

For more info and to register click here.



Vancouver 2017: Weather Strategies for the Inside Passage with Kevin Monohan - Sunday October 29, 2017

This seminar focuses on the unique weather patterns of the west coast, and how to make decisions based on weather forecasts. Once you understand the dynamics of the most common weather patterns that occur in the region, you can develop strategies that take advantage of the weather patterns for a more comfortable and more enjoyable cruise. 

For more info and to register click here.



Vancouver 2017: Basic Diesel Engines with David West - Saturday November 4, 2017

This course is intended for persons who own and maintain their own sailboat, or those who want to gain a better understanding of diesel engines, including proper operation and maintenance. 

For more info and to register click here.



Vancouver 2017: Intermediate Diesel with David West - Sunday November 5, 2017

This course is for men and women who own and maintain their own sailboat, already have some basic knowledge of diesel engines, and want to gain a better understanding of them, including proper operation and more advanced maintenance procedures. 

For more info and to register click here.



Vancouver 2017: Practical Offshore Weather with Norm Cooper - Saturday/Sunday November 18/19, 2017

This course will provide helpful instruction on weather forecasting basics, coastal and offshore weather threats, passage planning resources and tools, offshore communication and how to access and use weather forecasting information when at sea. 

For more info and to register click here.



Vancouver 2017 - Canning with Myrna Webster - Sunday, December 3, 2017

In this one-day workshop in Myrna's kitchen, you will learn how to preserve a variety of foods that you can use as non-refrigerated provisions for passage making. Participants will leave with samples of various canned products they have created. 

For more info and to register click here.



Vancouver 2017 - Advanced Diesel with David West - Sunday, December 3, 2017

A hands-on course for boat owners who already have a good basic knowledge of the operation and maintenance of diesel engines. In this small class students will work on an operational diesel engine on a stand in a garage, changing key components such as the alternator, starter and injectors. 

For more info and to register click here.



Vancouver 2017 - Advanced Diesel with David West - Sunday December 10, 2017

A hands-on course for boat owners who already have a good basic knowledge of the operation and maintenance of diesel engines. In this small class students will work on an operational diesel engine on a stand in a garage, changing key components such as the alternator, starter and injectors. 

For more info and to register click here.



Vancouver 2018 - Preparing Your Boat for Offshore with Norm and Beth Cooper - Saturday January 13, 2018

This one day workshop with Norm & Beth Cooper breaks down the boat preparation process to each area of the boat ranging from below the water line to electronics and communication. The content has been update to include the latest trends and technologies in use by cruisers today. 

For more info and to register click here.



Vancouver 2018 - Emergencies On Board with Norm Cooper - Saturday January 27, 2018

Learn to expect the unexpected and prevent emergencies on board. This full day workshop will look at preventing anxiety and emergencies, but will also look at how to manage emergency situations including abandoning ship. The course includes several emergency situation case studies.  

For more info and to register click here.



Vancouver 2018 - Maneuvering in Tight Quarters with Norm Cooper - Sunday January 28, 2018

Docking and maneuvering in tight quarters can be the most stressful part of our sailing day, many of us would rather not depart the marina than face this venture. It is fine to practice on the water, but this seminar will show you the "big picture" that we also must learn about, and this goes back to understanding the basic principles of maneuvering the boat through the water is differently than when cruising, under power and sail. 

For more info and to register click here.



Vancouver - 2018:  Nigel Calder on Marine Electrical - Friday March 23, 2018

Boat system expert Nigel Calder talks about the proper design of marine electrical systems, troubleshooting and new emerging technologies. 

For more info and to register click here.



Vancouver - 2018:  Nigel Calder on Lessons Learned - Friday March 23, 2018

Boat system expert Nigel Calder talks about the proper design of marine electrical systems, troubleshooting and new emerging technologies. 

For more info and to register click here.



Vancouver - 2018:  Mahina-BCA Offshore Cruising Seminar - Saturday March 24, 2018

Seven months a year, John & Amanda Neal conduct offshore instructional expeditions worldwide aboard Mahina Tiare III, their Hallberg-Rassy 46. This highly regarded seminar skillfully presents the knowledge gained from their combined 658,000 sea miles and 81 years experience. Includes the excellent 260 page Offshore Companion reference book. 

For more info and to register click here.



Vancouver - 2018:  Nigel Calder on Diesel Engines - Sunday March 25, 2018

If properly installed and maintained, modern diesel engines are remarkably reliable. In this seminar we will look at core installation issues that will eliminate many potential problems; basic maintenance; and troubleshooting the most common operating problems. 

For more info and to register click here.



Vancouver - 2018: Basic Weather with Scott Crawshaw- Saturday April 21, 2018

An understanding of basic weather is an important attribute of seamanship. This course is aimed at the cruiser who will be sailing in internal waters and has access to VHF radio broadcasts and possibly even the internet. This 1/2-day workshop will introduce cruisers to the fundamentals of weather, which include Air Circulation Patterns; Pressure, Temperature and Moisture; Air Masses; Fronts and Cyclogenesis; Fog, Clouds and Precipitation; and Interpreting Weather Maps. 

For more info and to register click here.



Vancouver - 2018 Intermediate Weather with Scott Crawshaw- Saturday April 21 & Sunday April 22, 2018

Forecasting weather conditions are major aspects of cruising under sail and power. This course is aimed at the cruiser who aspires to head offshore and includes a virtual planning of the Vic-Maui Route, a race that presenter Scott Crawshaw won in 2000 with Navy training vessel HMSC Oriole. Building on the lessons learned, these1 ½ days focus on Anti-Cyclones; Swell & Sea Waves; Surface Water Circulation; Upper Air Charts & Satellite Imagery; Gap & Promontory Winds; Tropical & Sub-Tropic & more. 

For more info and to register click here.



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