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Vaughan Johansen

Rated 4.92/5 by 31 students


NauticEd Credentials

  • Level V Skipper Rank Qualified Instructor/Assessor
  • American National Standards Instructor/Assessor

Other Credentials

USCG Captain (OUPV Near Coastal) ASA Certified Instructor Sail Canada Certified Instructor Transport Canada Certified Small Vessel Operator
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My personal comment and commitment to you

A USCG Captain and certified sailing instructor, Vaughan Johansen has taught sailing from the Florida Keys to the Canadian Arctic. An adult educator with 20 years standing, Vaughan's approach to sailboat instruction is to help students harness their strengths, push their boundaries and guide them through the challenges of sailboat operation and sailboat cruising. Vaughan holds certifications from the United States Coast Guard, the American Sailing Association, Sail Canada and Transport Canada. He has been teaching sailing and cruising in the Pacific Northwest since 2010. He sails a Grampian 26 sloop.

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Feedback from previous students

Ken J., Canada, NB Fredericton at 2022, Apr 14
Practical Competence of Skipper Rank
Vaughan did an exceptional job of balancing effective instruction with a friendly, approachable manner. Gained a huge amount of practical experience.
Andrea E., Canada, BC Golden at 2022, Apr 15
Practical Competence of Skipper Rank
Vaughan is an awesome instructor and the course he offers is excellent - it was exactly the knowledge & hands-on experience I was hoping to gain and more. His teaching style allows for a ton of ongoing practice of every skill which really helped me increase my confidence. Great way to gain confidence & experience sailing and also with all other important skills such as navigation, rules of the road, anchoring, docking, charting, weather, planning, the list goes on. Highly recommended! Thanks Vaughan!
Cameron R., Canada, BC Vancouver at 2022, Mar 28
Practical Competence of Skipper (small keelboat) Rank
Vaughn is a great instructor. He is Patient, calm and very knowledgeable so he keeps the lessons enjoyable while managing to maintain a focus on the techniques of sailing, the serious safety aspects and reasons to keep in control of sailors and vessel at all times. At the end of this course I feel confident to get out and skipper my boat. I would recommend Captain Vaughn to anyone wanting to learn to skipper a boat. Thank you
Maikel V., Canada, BC Vancouver at 2022, Mar 29
Practical Competence of Skipper (small keelboat) Rank
Jenna Y., Canada, BC Vancouver at 2022, Apr 19
Practical Competence of Skipper Rank
Vaughan was incredibly knowledgeable and went above and beyond to make sure everyone in the group felt confident and safe. 10/10 would recommend!
Alexander K., USA, WA University Place at 2022, Mar 23
Practical Competence of Skipper Rank
Tina H., Canada, BC Surrey at 2021, Nov 03
Practical Competence of Skipper Rank
Doug H., Canada, BC Surrey at 2021, Nov 07
Practical Competence of Skipper Rank
Vaughan provides very concise and clear direction. His sailing technical skills and knowledge are excellent. Not only his sailing skills but knowledge on sailboats in general are incredible . My wife and I learned a great deal from Vaughan and are better prepared to venture out independently and purchase our own sailboat after taking the skipper course. The online courses were well worth the investment of time prior to the practical days on the boat. Vaughan now has a found a new love of ginger candies :)
Amar V., Canada, ON Toronto at 2021, Oct 12
Practical Competence of Skipper (small keelboat) Rank
Knowledgeable, professional and overall absolutely excellent instructor. It was a pleasure to learn how to sail from him.
Kim C., Canada, AB Calgary at 2021, Nov 03
Practical Competence of Skipper Rank
I have taken sailing lessons previously and I felt that I learned more from Vaughan on Day One than I did in my entire previous 5 day lesson. He was an excellent teacher, explained the lessons in a way that was very understandable, and was exceedingly patient in his approach. He was very approachable with regard to asking/answering questions and was very careful to tailor his teaching methodology to the way that my husband and I individually learned. He was very careful to maintain Covid precautions while aboard the vessel and ashore. I would recommend him to any new or even experienced sailor wanting additional teaching without reservation!
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