The 50 hour Professional
Seaplane Pilot Course

Ocean Air Floatplanes


50 Hour Float Plane Course

Ocean Air is a well-respected, well-known and internationally recognized floatplane school: see our Testimonials Section. The Professional Seaplane Training Course is designed for the ambitious student seeking a career as a Professional Seaplane Pilot. Over the course of 50 hours of extensive float plane training, the student will learn all the necessary techniques to become a superior Seaplane pilot. The course consists of 25 hours dual instruction and 25 hours of PIC supervised practice. This professional program will prepare you for a confident start in the float plane aviation industry. This is a great way to begin your flying career or for your own personal float flying endeavors.

David and Saint are highly experienced instructors with over 25,000 hours of seaplane experience combined who will teach and mentor you through the program learning from there repetoire and float plane training experience. Who else can offer such experienced and professional instructors??

Float Plane Training Lessons Victoria

Training begins with the basics. We start our syllabus with the Seaplane rating, enabling you to perform 5 solo take offs and landings while learning from conditions as they arise. Part of your float plane training will include the urban environments and busy airspace around the Victoria and Vancouver Harbours. Add to that the wild, rugged wilderness of the Pacific Coast with its small villages and real working coastal Seaplane docks, and you’ll gain confidence operating in any situation. You’ll find an exciting and ever-changing experience that commercial operators will recognize, giving you the edge when you’re looking for employment. Training takes place in confined areas, lakes, rivers, high altitude mountain ranges and in the coastal ocean environment at real working Seaplane docks. Based on our well developed float plane training syllabus. Included is a mountain check ride with specific ground lessons covering safe light aircraft flying in the mountainous regions.

Ocean Air has developed a 50-hour Seaplane training course 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 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 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.

50 Hour Seaplane Course

Cost: $20,000 CAD

($400 per hour – this course includes a $20 per hour discount from our 15 hour course pricing)

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.

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Bonjour David, I thought I’d take a moment to send you a little note thanking you sincerely for the unbelievable experience and unforgettable life memory of my 50hr seaplane training at Ocean Air Floatplanes with yourself and Saint! This was a great accomplishment for myself, and another step towards my dream of being a commercial seaplane bush pilot. Which would undoubtedly not have been the same without you and Saint as my instructors. I am very thankful to have learned from your experience, skill and knowledge. Which happened to be in some of the most majestic terrain I have had the opportunity to fly in thus far.

You are both what I consider to be great role models and mentors. Your input will be and integral part to my growth as a pilot and I am glad to call you my friends. Hope to see you again soon.


15 Hour Professional Seaplane Course

Since 2002 we have helped over 300 pilots in Canada earn their Canadian seaplane rating. 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!

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 float plane course takes place in the spectacular scenery of the Gulf Islands at busy, real working Pacific seaplane docks that serve Island communities.

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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