You can sign up by clicking on the button below the course or email us your info and interests from our Contact page and we’ll work out dates that work for you. Don’t worry if you don’t have enough people we will put you together with someone.


Introduction to Sailing

3 to 4 hour sail

$130/ person min 2 people

discounts for locals and additional sails

see if sailing is for you

learn the basics or come practice

just come for the sail and relaxation

add a bag lunch from Road to Sooke Cafe

or a nature hike in the Sooke Hills and then a sail?


Can be taken with the Basic Cruising Standard (5 Day) or alone as long as we get a minimum of 4 people

$180.00/ look down for discounts

Marine Radio Course with Digital Selective Calling

Discount for online only version (no book)

Material supplied ahead of time for home study

Five hour classroom review and exam

Call us for Power and Sail Squadron Membership Discount

Start Keelboat Sailing

Great for those new to sailing

$305/ person min 4 people

can be completed 12 to 15 hours of sailing

get the material ahead of time to study the theory

can be done evenings or weekends or any two days

great way to find out if sailing is for you

Basic Cruising Standard (3 day course)

Good for those restricted to 3 days of time and living close by

$624.28/ person min 4 people

Home study the material

Can be three Saturday or Sundays or any combination of three days

Won’t take up your whole Vacation

Great if you already have a place to stay in Sooke

Basic Cruising Standard ( 5 day Cruise and Learn for 2)

Best Choice

$1300 to 1700/ person 2 people maximum

Sail and learn in the Southern Gulf Islands

Basic Cruising Standard Certificate

PCOC and / or VHF ROC-M (DSC) for additional fee

Meals and Accomodations on the Boat

Course Material included

Reduced price on your own boat

Price varies dependent on your choices

Coastal Navigation

Get your Beginner and Intermediate at one time

$389.24/ Second Person Sharing Material $302.24

safely navigate a sailing or power cruiser in coastal or inland waters

Home Study -learning in your home environment

no pre-requisite required

benefit to everyone who operates a sail boat, power boat, kayak or fishing boat

Gord Fulcher, Head Instructor


Gord Fulcher: Chief Instructor

Certified and Current Sail Canada Basic Cruising Instructor

Certified Sail Canada VHF Marine Radio ROC-M (DSC) Instructor

Certified Pleasure Craft Operators Certificate (PCOC) Examiner

First Aid Certified

Past President Sooke Sailing Association

Member Blue Water Cruising Association

Member and VHF Marine Radio Instructor, Brentwood Bay, Canadian Power and Sail Squadron

Member of Sooke Chamber of Commerce


What to Bring for overnight trips.


We encourage our sailors to pack light as space on Starlight is limiting. Weather can be variable on the West Coast, so bringing clothing you can layer is ideal. 

Here’s a list of clothing we recommend: 


  • Footwear: Boat shoes, Teva-type sandals or tennis shoes.
  • Clothing: Foul weather/Rain gear, fleece jacket, long johns or janes, soft-sided duffel bag (not hard-sided luggage).
  • Personal: Sleeping bag (pillow provided), beach towel & facecloth,  sunglasses with idiot string and side protection,sunscreen (SPF 30 or higher), toiletries, personal journal, glasses / contact lenses (and spares), special medication, gravol (non-drowsy), and cell phone & charger.
  • Entertainment: CD’s, reading material, and games.
  • Documentation: Current driver’s license, current passport, birth certificate copy, next of kin contact information, PCOC Card, other sailing qualifications (if you have any), sailing logbook (we can provide), evidence of travel insurance coverage, and fishing license if you wish to fish or gather shellfish.



Rob Jolly

Gord’s a great guy, great sailor & great instructor; you’ll have fun & learn a lot!

Laurina Norris

Gord shares his knowledge and love of sailing in a way that is both fun and practical. He is easy-going and patient – no walking the plank on the Starlight, that’s for sure!

Quinton Ehman

I found Gord easy to be around and fun to learn from. I started with no sailing experience and within a couple of months I had the confidence to skipper my own boat. I still take courses through Gord and enjoy sailing with him whenever I can. I highly recommend Starlight Sailing Adventures.