Advantage Boating
2777 Cassels St. Ottawa, ON K2B 6N6
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Vacation Courses


Forget the snow shovels and head down to the British Virgin Islands with Advantage Boating! Combine adventure and learning in an awesome sailing venue this winter to experience a different type of vacation.

Join Advantage Boating in the British Virgin Islands for a wonderful sailing vacation. We use only the finest ingredients - the perfect locations, ideal boats, outstanding instructors and comprehensive courses. Discover the endless freedom that a new world of recreational enjoyment has to offer.

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Comprehensive Programs


Vacation Cruising Course
Another fun lesson.


Our programs are designed to maximize your learning and enjoyment. Through the week, sailing and living aboard your boat, you will quickly learn the fundamentals of sailboat cruising. Our courses exceed Sail Canada standards, enabling you to attain internationally recognized certification. Months after your program is over, you will remember not only how much fun you had - but equally important - you will have acquired practical skills and certification that will open the door to a lifetime of superb recreation.

Outstanding Instructors

We hire only the best instructors to be your vacation hosts. We look for individuals who share our commitment to your successful learning experience. Our Sail Canada certified staff have extensive sailing experience as well as superb teaching and interpersonal skills.

Ideal Boats


Beneteau and Jeanneau boats are used for our courses in the BVIs.

Comfortable. Well-equipped. Well maintained. Great for learning!

These are the essential qualities for the ideal course boat.

Our boats offer unparalleled cruising performance. Students are easily accommodated in well-ventilated double cabins as well as single berths. Standard features include hot and cold running water, freshwater deck showers, full galley including refrigeration, a barbecue, private bathroom (head), a stereo, and a dinghy with an outboard engine.

Our boats' combination of on-board amenities and sailing performance make them ideal for your learning vacation


Cruising Boats
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Great food is the last ingredient to round out your fabulous holiday. Our BVI menu is based on an assortment of healthy foods to make up well-balanced satisfying meals. Six breakfast, six lunches and three dinners are provided. Personal beverages are left to your discretion and four dinners ashore allow you to sample the local cuisine.

Our fully-equipped galley allows food to be easily prepared and cooked to perfection.

"People couldn't understand why I described it as "the best week of my life". People couldn't quite understand why Lynne would even consider going. But, after the fact, we would all say it was a wonderfully fun and thrilling experience. "
- Catherine Stedman -

Read Catherine Steadman's Complete Story on her BVI based course!

Course Package Includes...

  • 7 days of cruising, learning and exploring in the beautiful waters surrounding the British Virgin Islands
  • All boat expenses and required taxes applicable in the islands
  • Accommodation and superb cruising aboard our fleet of yachts
  • 6 breakfasts, 6 lunches and 3 dinners
  • Maximum four students for the Intermediate and Basic Programs
  • All texts and course materials
  • Superior instruction from Sail Canada certified instructors
  • The opportunity to be internationally certified with the Sail Canada Basic Cruising Standard or Intermediate Cruising Standard


Class Schedule:


Our Vacation Courses are popular and sell out! Book early to avoid missing out!


BASIC CRUISING COURSELearn to sail while on vacation.



FEE $2,190.00 USD

Bookings after November 14, 2014 are subject to an additional charge of $500.00 per person.

Start Finish Code Location Status Add to Cart
Saturday to SaturdayJanuary 23, 2016 January 30, 2016 VCB1 Completed
Saturday to SaturdayJanuary 30, 2016 February 6, 2016 VCB2 Completed
Saturday to SaturdayJanuary 21, 2017 January 28, 2017 VCB1 Completed
Saturday to SaturdayJanuary 28, 2017 February 4, 2017 VCB2 Completed



INTERMEDIATE CRUISING COURSEImprove your sailing skills.

PREREQUISITE Sail Canada Basic Cruising Standard or equivalent certification.

CERTIFICATION AWARDED Sail Canada Intermediate Cruising Standard.

FEE $2,190.00 USD

Bookings after November 14, 2014 are subject to an additional charge of $500.00 per person.

Start Finish Code Location Status Add to Cart
Saturday to SaturdayJanuary 16, 2016 January 23, 2016 VCI1 Completed
Saturday to SaturdayFebruary 6, 2016 February 13, 2016 VCI2 Completed
Saturday to SaturdayJanuary 14, 2017 January 21, 2017 VCI1 Completed
Saturday to SaturdayFebruary 4, 2017 February 11, 2017 VCI2 Completed




Our "Journey to Bareboat Chartering" program is the perfect sailing vacation for those that want to gain further experience in preparation for chartering a boat or taking the Intermediate Learn-to-Cruise course one day. You can learn and relax while being lead to your next awesome destination of the day by a certified instructor around St. Maarten.

PREREQUISITE Sail Canada Basic Cruising Standard or equivalent certification.

FEE $2,295.00 USD

Bookings after November 14, 2014 are subject to an additional charge of $500.00 per person.

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PREREQUISITE Intermediate Cruising Standard, VHF Certificate, Coastal Navigation. Also recommended First Aid and CPR.

CERTIFICATION AWARDED Sail Canada Advanced Cruising Standard or Sail Canada Advanced Crew Standard.

FEE $2,495.00 USD*

* Sign up for the Mileage Builder and the Advanced Course to save $300 on the combined total!

Bookings after November 14, 2014 are subject to an additional charge of $500.00 per person.

Start Finish Code Location Status Add to Cart
Saturday to SaturdayFebruary 13, 2016 February 20, 2016 VCM1 Completed
Saturday to SaturdayFebruary 11, 2017 February 18, 2017 VCM1 Completed


Contact us for more information about our courses in the British Virgin Islands.

Terms and Conditions

Down South Courses & Boating Vacations

  • All prices in US funds
  • A deposit of 50% is required at the time of registration to secure your spot
  • Balance is due 75 days prior to program start date
  • Cancellation Policy (Flotilla / Bareboat Charter):

  • 90 days or more prior to depature: Full refund less a $500 penalty
  • 75 days prior to depature: 25% refund
  • 74 days or less prior prior to depature: NO REFUND
  • Cancellation Policy (Learn-to-cruise Basic and Intermediate & Mileage Builder courses):

  • Cancellation for any reason results in any fees paid being forfeited. This program is non-refundable
  • Notes:

  • Flights and transfers are extra, pricing available upon request
  • We strongly recommend that down south course students and boating vacation sailors purchase comprehensive Trip Insurance coverage. Please contact us for options.

Please Note

Advantage Boating reserves the right to alter program content, boat sizes or types and schedule due to exigencies beyond its control. Travel portions of the package are the responsibility of a licensed travel agent to whom any inquiries will be directed. While Beneteau, Jenneau, and Dufour boats are the regular boats used in this program, we reserve the right to substitute suitable yachts as necessary.