The 15 hour Professional
Seaplane Pilot Course

Ocean Air Floatplanes


15 Hour Floatplane Course

Earn your seaplane rating, then take the next step by honing the skills that you’ll learn while earning the Transport Canada Seaplane Rating.

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

We have two textbooks available at discounted rates that the student may be interested in purchasing. There are copies available from our seaplane library too.

15 Hour Seaplane Course

Cost: $6,300 CAD

The possibility of learning to fly Seaplanes in this challenging and beautiful environment brings pilots from around the world to Canada’s Coast.

Some of the places our graduates are flying as commercial seaplane pilots are: Vancouver, Victoria Harbour, Tofino, Campbell River, Maldives, Vietnam, Antarctica, Yukon, Manitoba and Ontario!

*all prices are in Canadian dollars and do not include a 5% tax (GST) or $6 per hour Carbon Offset fee
*ratings and courses (except the Discovery Flight) require a minimum of a Private Pilote License.

Inquire About Our 15 Hour Float Plane Course

Just a note to say thanks for the week of flying this past summer. The weather was amazing and the instruction top notch. It has always been a dream of mine to learn how to fly floats and to do it with a great instructor around some amazing scenery was a blast. Thank you for not “going easy” on me and letting some of my bad habits built up over the years slide. You were extremely professional, added lots of extra tidbits of useful flying info, and kept your plane in great condition. The 15hr course was worth every penny.

I have gone on several trips now with my fishing rod and a local floatplane to some great lakes in Manitoba. The guidance provided by you has proven very worthwhile- “tips up”. I have been with several instructors over the years and can say without a doubt you were the most professional and useful. Enjoy the pics and video. Hope to have the chance to fly with you again.


50 Hour Professional Seaplane Course

Ocean Air has developed a 50-hour Seaplane syllabus that has proven very effective in enabling career minded pilots to become professional Seaplane pilots. The fact that the Seaplane insurance industry requires a minimum of 50 hours on floats to hire new commercial pilots makes this course a necessary first step. Ocean Air’s 50 hour float plane training course will give you the required training to get that important first job. We have graduates who fly Seaplanes commercially all over the world and Operators who annually request Pilots Trained by Ocean Air. Visit our testimonials page or ask us for info.

Coastal jobs require the most experience because of the many challenges that the coast offers. Ocean Air will train you in this environment and operators will understand the benefits of you coastal training.

Transport Canada Seaplane Rating/Float Plane Rating​

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. Included is docking, ramping, launching, taxiing techniques, take off and landings, preflight and post-flight as well as other techniques encountered as conditions dictate.

Our students have completed over 25 seaplane ratings in the last year, with great success and smiles from ear to ear!


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

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