Capt. Mac’s School of Seamanship


The ocean is a place of high adventure!

Whether you’re looking for new experiences, a family adventure, to get into racing, or any of the other incredible things you can do at sea – you’ve come to the right place.

Come aboard with Capt. Mac and learn to sail safely and confidently.  With 30 years of teaching experience and over 60,000 teaching miles logged there are few teachers as experienced or dedicated as the Capt’n.

Sailing is his love and passion.  Whether you’re looking for an introductory day sail, family vacation, get your International Charter certification, or to sail in the British Virgin Islands – you’re in the right place.


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Why Captain Mac?

Experience, Knowledge, Full Service

Do you want to feel safe and confident on the water?  Looking for a teacher with the right certifications and experience? Want to just get out there and have fun?

Capt. Mac is fully certified and teaches all his courses himself.  That means personal attention from a master sailor.

The Capt’n has over 30 years of instruction, having logged well over 60,000 teaching miles. That’s over 700 sailing courses taught.

Capt. Mac has experience not only with “course content” but with everything else you need to safely man a boat.  He’s also experienced almost every situation imaginable out on the sea and passes that knowledge onto his students.

Which brings us toKinohi, the custom-built 42′ sloop.  It’s a work of master craftmanship unlike anything around today.  It meets all Transport Canada & Sail Canada safety equipment regulations (including a life raft).

And support goes beyond the course.  Capt. Mac is always available to help and give advice, and is reguarly helping former students with surveys of prospective boat purchases.

So that’s why Capt. Mac.

  • Fully Qualified Instructor

    Capt. Mac carries Transport Canada and Sail Canada certifications beyond the course levels.

    Capt. Mac is a: Transport Canada licenced Master, Sail Canada Yacht-Master, Sail Canada Offshore Instructor, Canadian Power and Sail Squadron JN.

  • Beautiful Custom-Built Yacht

    Easy-to-learn on custom yacht kept in Bristol condition. 42′ custom sloop with a spade rudder and fin keel make handling a breeze. Large centre cockpit gives plenty of space for sail training, lounging or viewing.

  • Get Certified

    Courses lead to Internationally recognized Sail Canada Certification (CYA) and follows Sail Canada standards.

    This includes:  Basic Cruising, PCOC, Coastal Navigation, VHF Radio, Intermediate Cruising, and Advanced courses offered.  Or need more sea time logged? Refresher courses and Mileage Maker courses.

  • Delicious Food

    While onboard, all meals are taken care of compliments of the Captain.  Home cooked and prepared and wine with dinner.

  • Great Value

    Get great value for your money!  Sail with a professional mariner with over 31 years teaching experience. Sail on a custom built 42′ yacht.

    As well: seasonal, group, and repeat sailor discounts up to 20% off.

  • Full Time Job

    Capt. Mac has been dedicated to sailing instruction since 1983 and has been sailing the area since 1975.

    This is what he does!

  • Support After the Course

    When the courses are over Capt. Mac will still be there to help you.  Whether it’s sailing advice and tips or boat pre-purchase surveys.

    This also includes help with boat maintenance (like engine issues)!  A boat is a complicated vehicle, and Capt. Mac is there to help.

  • Explore the BC Coast

    See the beauty of our waters – Gulf Islands, Sunshine Coast, Desolation Sound.  See areas most locals don’t know about!

    And make sure to bring your camera!

  • Small Class Sizes

    Smaller class sizes of 4 students for a more personal experience.

    Students won’t get left behind and courses can be adapted to your skill.  Hands on live-aboard courses, the only way to learn!

  • Charters Available

    Charters available for private bookings, allowing for a relaxed outing and pace to suit your desires.

Certified by:

Certified by Sail Canada
Certified by BC Sailing
Certified by Boating BC Association
Certified by Discover Boating Canada

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1 month ago

Capt. Mac’s School of Seamanship

Next available course date September 30 – October 4. Five day Sail Canada Basic Cruise & Learn. Call now to reserve your berth! 👍⛵️

Fall Sailing Season has began! ⛵ ⚓ – *||*
Enjoy your sailing lessons at lower seasonal rates in the Gulf Islands.
Plus great sailing weather and less crowded!

1 month ago

Timeline Photos

Beautiful moonrise in the Gulf Islands during a Coastal Navigation course. #gulfislands #boatingbc #discoverboating #captmacs

1 month ago

Photos from Capt. Mac’s School of Seamanship’s post

Fall Sailing Season has began! ⛵ ⚓ – *||*
Enjoy your sailing lessons at lower seasonal rates in the Gulf Islands.
Plus great sailing weather and less crowded!

1 month ago

Photos from Capt. Mac’s School of Seamanship’s post

Capt Mac offers adult sailing classes for every skill level from beginners to seasoned-sailors looking to refine their skills!

2 months ago

Timeline Photos

Beautiful summer evening and sunset looking west towards Nanaimo and Mt. Benson during a summer sailing course in the Gulf Islands. #gulfislands #sailing #sailingbc #captmacs #sailinglessons

2 months ago

Summer swimming during a Cruise and Learn sailing course. #sailing #boatingbc #captmacs #gulfislands

4 months ago


A great week of sailing and exploring the Northern Gulf Islands with an awesome crew from Slave Lake, AB. Looking forward to our next adventure!

Just a few from the past week.

4 months ago

Jellyfish sighting in the Salish Sea. #sailing #boatingbc #captmacs

4 months ago

Photos from Capt. Mac’s School of Seamanship’s post
Learn to Sail in the Gulf Islands while gaining your Internationally recognised Certification. Five day live-aboard sailing courses, Sail Canada certification.

5 months ago

Wishing today’s weather was as good as this sail from a few years ago.

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