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Sector Groups | Boating BC Association


Boating BC has three industry sector groups: BC Yacht Brokers Association, Association of Bareboat Charters & Sailing Schools and the BC Marina Sector Group. Each of these groups has an appointed liaison who oversees the interests and issues specific to their sector, and Boating BC assists in creating financial resources to support the work of each group.  Detailed information about each group, including what is required for membership with each group, is outlined below.



BCYBA is the province’s premier association for professional yacht brokers and is a proud supporter and member of the Certified Professional Yacht Broker Program.

BCYBA’s Purpose:

  • Promote cooperation and professionalism among members 
  • Promote and maintain a high standard of conduct among yacht brokers 
  • Provide the boating public greater confidence in yacht brokers
  • Encourage a greater interest in the welfare and safety of the boating public

Membership Requirements:

  • To join this sector group, a business must be a member in good standing of the BCYBA and Boating BC Association.



The Association of Bareboat Charter and Sailing Schools (ABCSS) works to deliver quality boating vacations and instruction on the west coast of BC by ensuring its members maintain a high level of professional chartering and tuition with ethical standards.

ABCSS members offer a professional and friendly service on well-maintained power and sailboats. Their in-depth knowledge of the local cruising areas offers extra value that ensures your vacation or learning experience will be hassle-free, safe and, most importantly, fun!

ABCSS’ Purpose:

  • Promote growth of the bareboat yacht charter and sailing school industry.
  • Establish and maintain high standards of operation for all member charter companies and sailing schools.
  • Act with a co-operative voice on behalf of the industry in its representation to government.
  • Bring about industry co-operation between charter companies, sailing schools, boat builders, boat brokers and government.
  • Arrange integrated advertising programs sponsored jointly by government and members.
  • Improve business management proficiency in member companies.
  • Collect and disseminate marketing and performance data amongst member companies.

Member Requirements:

  • Hold a valid business license.
  • Have been actively conducting a bareboat charter/sailing school business for a period of one year.
  • Register with the appropriate government bodies for Social Service Tax (PST) and General Sales Tax (GST).
  • Be insured.
  • Have a binding contract with customers.
  • Have a binding contract with yacht owners.
  • Be approved for a Boating BC membership.



The BC Marina Sector Groups is comprised of marina’s across BC , and is committed to promoting best practices in marina management and addressing issues specific to marina operators.

In addition to their Boating BC membership and benefits, members of this sector group also receive a full membership in the Association of Marina Industries  (AMI). AMI is responsible for the International Marina Institute (IMI), including the internationally acclaimed Certified Marina Manager (CMM) program and small topic-specific conferences, plus the annual International Marina & Boatyard Conference (IMBC).

Boating BC and AMI continue to work together to provide marine management training opportunities on the West Coast.

Member Requirements:

  • Operate a marina in BC.
  • Boating BC member in good standing.