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Psychology of Voyaging with Rick Ellis

Discovery Room, Royal Victoria Yacht Club

02 Dec 2017 1300h - 1700h to 03 Dec 2017 0900h - 1300h - This course is sold out

Members $80 / Non-Members $110

VI Education

The Psychology of Voyaging is a BCA “signature” course developed and facilitated by BCA lifetime member, Rick Ellis, that has received rave reviews from participants:  This was hands-down the best & most useful course we took to prepare ourselves for extended voyaging. Also it was interesting, interactive and fun! Do not miss it.

The pursuit of offshore voyaging is the pursuit of a dream for most of us. This course explores the many motives, desires and challenges inherent in the voyaging dreams, and as we pursue the challenge to explore the oceans and cultures of the world, inevitably we explore ourselves through our responses to the situations we encounter. Part of preparing for voyaging is preparing ourselves psychologically, and part of voyaging is becoming the adventurer we dream to be.

For more reading about this course, check out the article published in Currents in 2015.

General Course Outline

  • First day: an opportunity for initial exploration of ideas
  • Evening: homework and discussion among partners, or skippers and crew
  • Second day: follow-up to homework, questions and answers


  • Motivation: Dreams, desires, commitment and the experience we are seeking
  • Anticipation: Fears and warnings; their influences and our responses
  • Adventure: Risk, excitement and being in control
  • Knowing Yourself: personal strengths, courage and confidence
  • The Myth of Buying Safety: personal vs. boat preparation
  • Communication and Partnership Aboard: roles, issues, stress, crisis, trust and becoming a team
  • Spirit of the Wind
  • Other topics as desired by the group


Rick Ellis is a BCA lifetime member who brings his years of boating experience and professional facilitation expertise to this popular, “must do” course and his new docking skills course.

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Please Note - this course is sold out


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