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Electrical Skills for Cruisers

Brent Alley

Upper Hall, Gorge Park Pavilion, Esquimalt BC

26 Nov 2023 0900h - 1600h   - This course is sold out

Members $85 / Non-Members $100

Brent Alley, VI Education Watchkeeper

Spend a day with electrical engineer, Bjarne Hansen, in an interactive session about all things boat electrical.

Bjarne is a popular instructor who’s taught sell-out courses in the past.  He has the remarkable ability to both do and teach. Learn about the theory behind electricity, how to safely use electrical equipment, repair techniques, avoid problems, troubleshoot, and how to stay safe when mucking about with electricity.

The course will focus on how to fix common electrical problems with hands-on exercises to reinforce learning and improve your skills. Bjarne is knowledgeable, approachable, and an easy-to-understand instructor.

Course Information

This course is intended for any cruising member, not just the skipper, who wants to learn more about electricity and electronics in the boating environment.  A non-intimidating lecture with lots of examples will be followed by practical exercises to help reinforce the materials and improve skills.

Prerequisites and Materials

An interest in electricity and boats.  Some practical exercises will employ basic tools that you can purchase prior to the course, or you may already have; a list of these will be provided before the course. A limited number of loaner tools will be available.

About the Instructor

Bjarne Hansen trained as an electrical engineer and early in his career worked with radar, radio, and other airfield equipment in the RCAF. More recently, he has been designing medical equipment at a local engineering firm. A BCA member since 2003, Bjarne cruised the South Pacific for two years in 2004 – 2006 and spent winters 2015 – 2019 sailing with Barb in Mexico.

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Please Note - this course is sold out


  1. Harold Kernodle says:

    Is this in person only?

    1. Yes, the course is in-person only due to the large amount of hands-on activities.

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