Ocean Air Floatplanes

Flying Seaplanes In BC Since 2002


Seaplane / Floatplane Training


We have helped over 300 pilots earn their Canadian Seaplane Rating since 2002.

If you have aspirations of becoming a Seaplane pilot, whether commercial or private, no one is more capable of helping you achieve your goals than Ocean Air. 

If it suits your needs, we can take Seaplane Training above and beyond the Transport Canada Floatplane / Seaplane Endorsement basics. Our exceptionally well-rounded 15 & 50 hour bush Seaplane training programs, our ‘Vacationing Pilot’ course, knowledgeable instructors, and beautiful Gulf Islands setting just outside Victoria and close to Vancouver, creates a perfect training setting for learning to be an experienced and safe bush / urban Seaplane pilot.

Seaplane Charter Flights

We offer a Private Charter Flight service to all of BC’s Coastal Towns and Islands!

Serving Vancouver Island, the Gulf Islands (Ganges, Salt Spring Island, Galiano Island, Thetis Island and Saturna Island,) the Sunshine Coast (Gibsons and Sechelt,) Whistler and Tofino to name a few!

Our pilots have many thousands of Coastal Seaplane Flight Hours and specialized local knowledge. Safety is always our Priority.

*Local Gulf Island Charter Flights cost less than you might expect. Call for a quote!*



Ocean Air has developed a 50-hour Seaplane syllabus that has proven very effective in enabling career minded pilots to become professional Seaplane pilots throughout Canada and the US. Ocean Air’s 50 hour Seaplane training syllabus will give you the required training to get that important first job. We have graduates who fly Seaplanes commercially all over the world.

 Work your new found skills in realistic scenarios while learning the challenging skills of determining conditions then executing the appropriate plan of action. This course takes place in the spectacular scenery of the Gulf Islands at busy, real working Pacific seaplane docks that serve Island communities.

Taught by professional and experienced coastal floatplane pilots, as per the Transport Canada Seaplane Manual in our Cessna 180 Seaplane on Aerocet 3500L Floats, you will be introduced to seaplanes and will be competent to fly the 5 solo take off and landing requirements for the rating to be added to your License. 


Just a quick note to say thank you for an exhilarating week We both had an awesome time and it was a great pleasure to meet with you and fly YVA. The whole way you do business is professional and a credit to you. I will value the memories forever. We got back on time after a gruelling 9 hours and I go back to work today. Kind Regards
Chris Farnaby – UK
Emailing to thank you once again for an absolutely fabulous week of float flying. That’s what a flying holiday should be like! We still can’t quite believe the experience, and appreciate your’s and Bryan’s patience and encouragement with both of us. Good of you to arrange lovely weather too! I know we’ll be back! Best regards, fly safe. Cheers
Dr Stewart Houston, CEng, FRAeS
Aerospace Sciences Research Division School of Engineering University of Glasgow
Ocean Air, you came highly recommended by a past student while I was flying in Botswana. I am so glad that I came back to Canada to take your course. With all of the competition for flying jobs, this 50 hr seaplane course really helped me to be the bush pilot I always dreamed of being. I feel confident and safe and you helped me to secure a job back East. Thanks so much and you know I’ll be in touch!
Karim Moghrabi

If There is Water We Can Take You There!

With a Charter We Fly On Your Schedule!