Experience the cruising lifestyle!

At Helmsman Cruise and Learn we believe that the Gulf Islands are incredible and that while you're here you should experience all that they have to offer. To that end, we customize every "cruise and learn" to the unique tastes of our students. Whether you're interested in quiet anchorages, local markets, mindfulness, hiking, kayaking, wildlife viewing, bird... Continue Reading →

Become a skipper

For some, there is nothing more enthralling than being a master of a vessel! For them, planning a multi-day cruise, having the skill to lead their crew to exciting island locations under varying sailing conditions while managing the Gulf Island's world famous tides and currents, then safely arriving back at their home port again, is what it's all about. While becoming... Continue Reading →

Learn to be crew

If you have little or no sailing experience but are interested in learning while participating in an active sailing experience then this course is for you.  This course is also a requirement for aspiring skippers who will need to understand how to be a competent crew member before they can begin to take charge of the... Continue Reading →

Try our short cruise! (3 hrs)

If you would like to try cruising before you commit to a multi-day cruise or if you have limited time available then try our Short Cruise and Learn. Helmsman Cruise and Learn offers 3 hour cruises from Genoa Bay on a on-request-basis. You'll learn about boat safely, sailing terms, and points of sail while cruising across... Continue Reading →

About the Captain

Wade Karmann – (Owner/Captain) Wade has been actively sailing in the Gulf Islands for over 20 years, sailing single-handedly as well as leading many sailing tours.   His local knowledge of both the water and the surrounding communities means that he can match each tour with the unique interests of his guests, students and/or crew.... Continue Reading →


  5 out of 5 stars! I would highly recommend Captain Wade if you want to experience a truly amazing sailing experience. He planned a perfect 10 day adventure for a group of eight of us touring the beautiful Gulf islands. We had a great balance of sailing instruction and site seeing. His wealth of... Continue Reading →

Adventures, Prices and Availability

Services Offered:   5 Day Sailing Adventures (Min. 2 persons). Click here for prices & availability. 3 Day Sailing Adventures (Min. 2 persons). Click here for prices & availability. Short Cruise:  approximately 3 hours,  $125 / person (Min. 2 persons).  Contact Us for current availability. Private Cruising / Sailing Lessons on Customers Boat :   Contact Us for... Continue Reading →

Contact Us

We're based at Genoa Bay Vancouver Island BC! For more information or to book a "cruise and learn" with us: Call us at 403 874 7374. Email us at info@helmsman.ca : ---------------------------------------------------- Note from the skipper, Cruising on a sailboat is one of the most engaging ways to visit the Gulf Islands.  The scenery and... Continue Reading →


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