Powerboat & Sailing Instructor
An accomplished sailor and expert boat-handler, Craig has accumulated thousands of sea miles on the Atlantic, Pacific, and the Eastern Caribbean. Craig now spends his summers teaching power boaters and sailors of all ages across Ontario’s Great Lakes and Cottage Country.
Boating runs deep in Craig’s family. As a youngster, his family spent weekends at the cottage, boating and waterskiing on Lake Huron. Craig took his love of the water from above to below the surface and became a PADI Divemaster back in the early '90s. This led to his first experience with teaching, where as a Divemaster, he spent weekends training Open Water and Advance divers in Tobermory, Ontario.
And that’s where the adventure began! As a Divemaster, Craig left a TV production career and headed to the Caribbean to crew on a liveaboard 65’ sailing trimaran in the BVIs. That one-time crew opportunity stretched into a 5-year stint skippering sailing charters in the Caribbean on four different yachts.
In 2000, Craig took a short break from the Caribbean and headed to Falmouth England to obtain his RYA Yachtmaster 200-ton license. This international license became Craig's gateway towards many new and exciting adventures!
With his Yachtmaster ticket in hand, Craig headed back to chartering in the British Virgin Islands. At the end of his fifth season, he returned to Canada for a visit and found himself drawn back into television production and a eventually a position at The Weather Network as a Producer of the National show. Meteorology and boating - a perfect combination!
In 2011, Craig combined his two loves - sailing and teaching - and left TWN to launch BoaterSkills.ca, a Driver’s Ed program for boaters. Fast-forwarding to 2021 and BoaterSkills.ca is now celebrating its 10th Anniversary!
When asked, Craig states:
“I started BoaterSkills.ca to help boaters become more competent and confident through a program that connects students with professional, highly experienced instructors. I wanted to create a comfortable and comfortable, safe learning environment where boaters could learn at their own pace."
Need to learn how to get out of a tight spot? Take a 3-hour private lesson with a BoaterSkills.ca instructor, or catch one of Craig’s Docking and Close Quarters Manoeuvring seminars at the annual Toronto Boat Show for tips on docking and close quarters maneuvering for power or sail.
When you’re sharing the helm with Craig, his confidence, patience, and love for boating is so contagious, you can’t help but become a better and happier boater!
CAPT. CRAIG HAMILTON - VIEW QUALIFICATIONS
- RYA Yachtmaster 200 ton – Royal Yachting Association, England
- S.V.O.P. – Transport Canada
- Port Facility Security Officer/Ship Security Officer – Transport Canada
- Agent/Examiner – Toronto Port Authority
- ROC-M Instructor – CPS
- Recognized Examiner (ROC-M) Industry Canada
- Instructor/Examiner Affiliate (PCOC) BOATsmart! Canada
- Basic Cruising Instructor – Sail Canada
- MED A3 Safety Training – Transport Canada
- STCW95 Safety Training
- Canadian Red Cross First Aid Instructor
- PADI Divemaster
MORE ABOUT JOE
Joe is a former Sergeant and Marine Instructor with the Ontario Provincial Police. During the final seven of his 31 years with the force, Joe was responsible for managing and conducting training operations for the O.P.P.’s Eastern Ontario Marine programs. Joe was also a Marine Operations Instructor at the Provincial Police Academy.
In October 2010, Joe was awarded a Certificate of Bravery from the Commissioner of the OPP for a rescue on the St. Lawrence under extreme conditions.
Joe will be instructing BoaterSkills.ca power boat clinics at the eastern end of Lake Ontario, from Cobourg to Kingston and the surrounding waters. Please contact BoaterSkills.ca to arrange a private clinic on board your own boat and make this season a safe and fun-filled one on the water. And don’t forget – we come to you!
MORE ABOUT IAN
Ian will be instructing BoaterSkills.ca powerboat clinics north of the GTA from Lake Simcoe to Georgian Bay and surrounding waters. Please contact BoaterSkills.ca to arrange a private clinic on board your own boat and make this season a safe and fun-filled one on the water. And don’t forget – we come to you!
MORE ABOUT PETER
Peter is also an active Transport Canada licensed marine captain. He possess a Master 500 Gross Tonnage, Near Coastal Certificate, as well as a Master Tug 3000 Gross Tonnage, Near Coastal, Class II, Certificate. He is currently pursuing his Master 3000 Gross Tonnage, Near Coastal Certificate. His professional marine experience includes passenger vessels, high speed catamarans, hydrofoils, and tugs.
Peter is available to teach on vessels up to 60 meters in length, with single or twin screw propulsion (inboard and stern drives), water jet propulsion, as well as Voith Schneider (cycloidal) propulsion.
Peter will be providing power boat clinics primarily in the western area of Lake Ontario. He will also be available for instruction in the Georgian Bay Area, as needed.
MORE ABOUT MIKE
Mike Capaldi is a soon-to-be-retired airline pilot whose 30-year aviation career includes time as a flight instructor – which is a terrific seguay into teaching boating! An avid lifelong recreational boater, Mike has spent many years operating a wide range of recreational and small commercial vessels on the waters of Georgian Bay, the Trent-Severn Waterway and Lake Ontario.
Mike holds Transport Canada SVOP and MED-A3 certificates and is a certified ABYC technician that has worked in the marine service industry since 2006.
We are pleased to welcome Mike to our staff of professional boating instructors!
MORE ABOUT KURT
Kurt is a cruising sailboat sailor and instructor. He loves to sail to various destinations and anchorages, and as a result focuses on safe and thorough preparations, passage planning, passage making and most important of all – the skill and art of navigation. His passion for all things sailing is expressed in his wish to share his knowledge and experience through sail and navigation instruction.
As a sailor, Kurt has sailed in all of the Great Lakes, Georgian Bay, the North Channel and the inside passage of the Strait of Georgia in British Columbia.
Kurt has instructed mainly in the Toronto and Lake Ontario environs as well as the coastal and offshore waters of British Columbia, where he has been exposed to all things good and some less good, thereby gaining a valuable level of experience that can be applied anywhere.
Kurt’s primary instruction focus will be on safety and preparation as conducted in courses that require good basic skills, expert knowledge and implementation of specialized navigation approaches including Celestial Navigation. He will also conduct various boat skills clinics to further safety, awareness, skill, competence and confidence.
We are pleased to welcome Kurt to our staff of professional boating instructors!