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. We have helped over 300 pilots earn their Canadian Seaplane Rating since 2002.
If it suits your needs, we can take Seaplane Training Course above and beyond the Transport Canada Floatplane / Seaplane Endorsement basics. Our exceptionally well-rounded 15 & 50 hour bush float plane 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.
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SEAPLANE TRAINING COURSES
15 Hour Professional Float Plane 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 training course takes place in the spectacular scenery of the Gulf Islands at busy, real working Pacific seaplane docks that serve Island communities.
50 Hour Professional Seaplane Pilot Course
Ocean Air is a well-respected, well-known and internationally recognized floatplane training school: see our Testimonials Section. The Professional Seaplane Training Course is designed for the ambitious student seeking a career as a Professional Float Plane Pilot. Over the course of 50 hours of extensive seaplane 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 Seaplane aviation industry. This is a great way to begin your flying career or for your own personal float plane flying endeavors.
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 Float Plane 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 float plane ratings in the last year, with great success and smiles from ear to ear!
A La Carte Float Plane Courses
Many students have specific skills that they would like to hone with the help of a seasoned professional. Approach us with your specific needs and we will design a float plane training course for you!
If you have never flown a seaplane or don’t have a pilot license, we will take you out for some take offs and landings! Come out and give it a try — and, Enjoy the spectacular scenery! (note: by regulation, passengers cannot come along for this lesson as the student is unlicensed. For flights with passengers, book a tour.)
Visit The Coast
If you are visiting and looking for a unique flying adventure, leave the airports behind! Explore the Pacific coast filled with beautiful places to set-down. We can offer training in the form of a casual but serious flight-seeing vacation. We will take you to the places for which British Columbia is renowned with you as the seaplane pilot.
This course is designed for a licensed pilot interested in learning float plane flying techniques and skills, but who also wants to spend a vacation flying the aircraft into the scenic places that makes British Columbia so famous. This course is intended for those who are visiting the coast with flight-seeing and ‘vacation style’ training rather than an intensive course for career-minded students.