Life at Sea
The West Coast Experience introduces students to the wild and wonderful life at sea while discovering all that the Gulf Islands have to offer. Students will live aboard one of our sailboats for five days and four nights, accompanied by both a school chaperone and Simply Sailing Instructor.
The Gulf Islands and Salish sea are teeming with marine wildlife. These waters hold a staggering array of seals, sea lions, dolphins, and whales. Students will explore tidal pools and shallow waters while anchored at B.C. bays and marinas, and even experience bioluminescence lighting up the waters.
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About the TRip
The West Coast Experience trip offers a unique learning atmosphere. The Gulf Islands and Salish Sea provide a rich environment of marine wildlife, flora and fauna, history and the ocean. Students come away with an experience that will last a lifetime.
When students and chaperones arrive at our Granville Island base they will each be assigned to a boat with a Simply Sailing instructor. Students live aboard the boats for five days and four nights, departing Monday morning at 9:00 and returning Friday afternoon by 4:00. Different trip lengths can be arranged if desired.
All provisions are provided and cooked on board. Special dietary needs can be accommodated. Life jackets are provided to be worn at all times while boats are underway. Students are required to bring their own sleeping bag. Pillows are available at an additional cost.
Students are taught basic sailing skills and given the opportunity to cast o dock lines, raise and trim sails, maneuver under power, and helm the boats. During the trip, students become immersed in the sailing life at sea. Upon completion of the trip, students earn Sail Canada Start Keelboat Sailing Certification.
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Personal growth, independent development, and adventure are the reasons teachers bring students back year after year
“This is an exceptional opportunity for students to grow. For some, it is their first opportunity to be
independent as they cook for themselves, trim the sails, and are self-reliant. It is a great way for students to discover
their personality as they spend 5 days away from their families surrounded by nature and friends. This is an incredible
opportunity to experience wind and the sea as students embark on a new experience. For some, it is their first opportunity
to be on the ocean, and to experience an amazing adventure.”