Carl Richardson: Sailing Instructor

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NauticEd Credentials

Level V Captain Rank Chief Instructor

Other Credentials

Instructor Certifications earned include- ASA201,203,204,205,206,214, NauticEd Captain Level 5 , Marine CPR AED First Aid, Transport Canada (TC) SVOP, TC Marine Emergencies ME3, ISAF Safety at Sea, ROCM VHF Radio Operators Course, TC PCOC.

Contact

Email: carlr@vancouversailingclub.com, Phone: 604 805 9944

My Personal Comment and Commitment to You

With over 72,000 NM logged under sail and a professional sailing Instructor for the past 15 years, I have had the privilege to introduce sailing and certify more than 1600 students on cruising keelboats 24-52 feet and cruising catamarans 38-48 feet. My favourite C&L destinations are BC's West Coast, Howe Sound, Gulf Islands and Desolation Sound. The average 8-15 knot winds and the abundance of BC Marine Parks, pristine anchorages and snorkelling make the Pacific Northwest a great place to relax and Learn-to-sail. I also enjoy Instructing Cruise & Learn adventures in Greece, British Virgin Islands (BVI), the Grenadines, Antigua and the Turks & Caicos Islands- 65 weeks in the past 12 years. I am an Instructor for the NauticED Qualified Crew, Coastal Skipper, Bareboat Charter Master and Captain Rank Certifications. My lesson plans use proven teaching methods that assist my students in acquiring the sailing knowledge, sail planning, seamanship, vigilance and boat-handling skills to p
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Les B., Canada, Steinbach, Manitoba at 2017, Jun 07
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I went into my week with Carl thinking I was a sailor and left realizing I had a lot of work to do. This is not a bad thing. I felt that though the learning curve toward becoming a competent sailor appears challenging, he makes you feel as though it is reasonably attainable. Carl is a very thorough instructor who gave me the confidence to return home and practice the skills learned through his teaching techniques. He gives each crew member ample opportunity to utilize important planning and decision-making skills in a variety of conditions. Muscle memory is the key but now I have a great foundation upon which to build. I really enjoyed our week aboard Clara Allegro and appreciate the opportunity to have sailed a much larger vessel than what I own. Be prepared to be regaled by Carl's wonderful story telling during your nightly sojourns to the local pub or eatery!
Tarek H., Canada, Vancouver at 2017, May 12
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James P., Canada, Saskatoon at 2017, May 25
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I wouldn't hesitate to take another course with Carl. I learned a lot and also, more importantly, learned where I need to improve.
Michael T., Canada, Langley at 2017, Apr 18
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Carl was a pleasure to have as an instructor. His best teaching quality, beyond his immense sailing knowledge, is his calm demeanour. He did a fantastic job of providing a stress free environment to learn in, ensuring that I got the most out of the course.
Mathieu D., Canada, Montreal at 2017, Apr 04
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Great instruction and a very enjoyable cruise as well - Thanks Carl!
Angelia K., Canada, Hay River at 2017, Feb 23
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Carl was extremely knowledgeable and approachable as an instructor. He encouraged us wit all components of our learning to sail. Very enjoyable experience!
Arda U., Canada, Vancouver at 2016, Nov 09
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I had my Day Skipper training from Carl Richardson. I have to say I had amazing time, learned so much and got much more confident in my sailing. He is excellent in every aspect of sailing, theory and practice. He is incredible as a teacher as well, very fair, helpful and patient all the way. I highly recommend Vancouver Sailing Club and Carl.
Mike L., Canada, Pinantan Lake at 2016, Sep 15
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Carl did a great job with us! We had a bit of a mixed bag of skills, and he manged to keep everyone challanged and learning. I learned a termendous amount in the one week on the water ( and probably more about ropes and knots then I could have imagined!), and a lot more confidence! Thanks Carl!!
Mathieu D., Canada, Montreal at 2016, Sep 04
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Perfect Cruise and Learn Vacation, great company and very knowledgeable instructor. Would reccommend in a heartbeat.
Julie D., Belgium, Bruxelles at 2016, Sep 13
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Ryan M., Canada, Vancouver at 2016, Jun 11
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Carl is an excellent teacher. We always enjoy being on the water with him and decided to join the Vancouver Sailing Club after a great weekend doing our qualified crew.
Cedric T., Canada, Vancouver at 2016, May 26
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Carl is a great instructor, passionate about sailing and eager to share is knowledge. I learned a lot thanks to him and I enjoyed his courses.
Marco P., Italy, calgary at 2016, Apr 14
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Very good instructor, prepared and with deep and very useful skills..
Karen F., Canada, Whitehorse at 2016, Mar 31
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Thanks for everything, Carl. I appreciate your knowledge and patience with my soft side as I learned all of these modules. I look forward to much sailing with you and VSC in the future!
Doug A R., Canada, Fort Smith at 2016, Apr 16
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Trevor S., Canada, at 2017, Jun 06
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Carl's depth of experience and his ability to tailor his lessons to share with students of any level of experience makes him a great instructor. You can tell he loves to be on the water and it is contagious.
Eugene M., Canada, Calgary at 2015, Jun 22
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Great, experienced, instructor.A lot of knowledge and teaching skills. Appreciate the tips and directions to become a better sailor.
Wim A., Canada, Vancouver at 2015, May 07
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A great instructor and a great person ! One year ago I had to start from zero. A few weeks ago I sailed a 36ft sailboat during the night from Nanaimo to Vancouver in 20knt of wind with "my" crew and me at the helm in a comfortable and safe way ! An unforgettable feeling and I owe it all to Carl Richardson !
Brian N., Canada, Calgary at 2015, Apr 23
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The 7 days on the Clara Allegro with Carl as VSC instructor was exciting, relaxing & most of all brought me from rank uninitiated to being a confident convert to the sport. This was challenging and fun. I would not hesitate to recommend that anyone thinking of trying out sailing to take a 7 day cruise and learn at the VSC as a first time sailing experience. A vacation and a life experience rolled into one.
Trevor F., Canada, Calgary at 2015, Apr 20
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Great sailing experience !!
Lea P., Canada, St. Albert at 2015, Mar 30
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Carl Richardson had a way of really getting me out of my comfort zone! He was always about safety first and that to me was very reassuring! I will definitely seek him out as I progress to the next level!
Greta J., Canada, Calgary at 2015, Feb 06
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Kristian J., USA, Calgary at 2015, Feb 08
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Scott C., Canada, Vancouver at 2015, Jun 10
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Seamus C., Canada, Vancouver at 2014, Nov 19
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Geir S., Canada, Port Moody at 2014, Sep 01
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It has been a great experience, More to come. Thanks CEL.
Mark K., Canada, Calgary at 2015, Jan 28
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Michelle B., USA, WA Kirkland at 2014, Sep 04
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Scott C., Canada, Vancouver at 2014, Sep 01
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Carl is an absolutely fabulous instructor. He is firm with his instruction, but friendly and confidence inspiring.
Linda F., Canada, Calgary at 2014, Aug 08
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Excellent week of learning in a beautiful part of the world.
Richard D., Netherlands, Onstwedde at 2014, May 15
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....... and on top; Carl Richardson does know how to make a sailing course a great event!
Richard D., Netherlands, Onstwedde at 2014, May 15
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....... and on top; Carl Richardson does know how to make a sailing course a great event!
Paul L., Canada, Langley at 2014, May 15
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Grenville S., Canada, Nelson at 2014, May 08
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Amazing guy...I also sailed in the 47th "southern Straights race' with Carl and 7 others. I'll never forget the experience! Thanks Carl and Grant!!
Frank H., Canada, at 2014, Apr 02
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Mariano D., Canada, Langley, BC at 2014, Mar 23
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I liked his approach learning by doing or experience it. It is exactly my learning stile.
Heinrich S., New Zealand, Gisborne at 2014, Sep 21
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I thoroughly enjoyed the experience and learned a lot. Subsequently bought my own 26 foot yacht and it is great to apply what I have learned.
Dalibor S., Canada, Saskatoon at 2013, Sep 29
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Carl has a wealth of sailing knowledge as well as knowledge on local conditions and information. Learnt a lot.
Marc C., Canada, Vancouver at 2013, Sep 22
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Gregory V., Canada, Vancouver at 2013, Sep 17
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The VSC program exceeded all of my expectations!
Antonio P., Canada, at 2013, Sep 02
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Derek W., Canada, Cold Lake at 2013, Nov 20
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Carl was a fantastic instructor for the entirety of my 7 days sailing with him. He made sure to allow me to put my skills to practice with minimal intervention, unless it was required. His instructional methods are very well developed and leave a student with a great deal of confidence. He is very approachable, and entirely professional. I would recommend Carl for anyone who is interested in learning to sail, or those who simply want to improve their skills with an experienced sailor.
Barry L., Canada, Vancouver, BC at 2013, Jul 23
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Look forward to more sailing with Carl!
Reiner K., Canada, Wet Vancouver at 2013, Jul 11
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Marina C., Canada, West Vancouver at 2013, Jun 25
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Thank you for introducing me to sailing! You've helped me to find my new passion!
Phil C., Canada, Vancouver at 2013, Jun 28
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Cory K., Canada, North Vancouver at 2013, Jun 24
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What started out as a basic learn to sail keelboating course has turned into a tremendous student/mentor relationship. I'm hesitant to recommend Carl's vast knowledge of sailing because I'd like to keep it all to myself, but that's not in the spirit of sailing as you will learn from Carl.
Petra R., United Kingdom, Surrey at 2013, May 31
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Carl is not just an instructor, after that 7 days he is a friend. I learned a lot !!!!! Carl explain all aspects of sailing (and gave lots of racing tips on sail trim!) with passion and knowledge which is just amazing. I love to have another sailing course in the future. Thanks, Carl!
David R., United Kingdom, Thames Ditton at 2013, Jun 04
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Excellent and knowledgable weeks sailing
Gerard D., Canada, Vancouver at 2013, Apr 29
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Carl is the reason I will be continuing to learn to sail, a great guy, with a passion for teaching and a passion for sailing. A great weekend was had by all.
Andrew D., Canada, Vancouver, BC at 2013, Jun 03
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Valeriy K., Canada, Vancouver at 2013, Apr 23
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Roman C., Canada, Port Coquitlam at 2013, Apr 23
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Carl demonstrates a thorough knowledge of sailing and a common sense ability of translating that to real life. R
Strath G., Canada, Vancouver at 2013, Apr 07
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