• San Juan Islands Adventure

    2018 August 10, 11, 12


    Learn emergency water landing survival skills, coastal weather and flight planning, search and rescue services, scenic tours over Vancouver glaciers


  • Itinerary

    This trip will have you staying on the shores of the San Juan islands, just a block from where your plane is parked. This is not a camping trip. We'll be learning survival skills, navigating island geography, and flying across international borders.


    Learn emergency life raft deployment and other safety skills, border crossing procedures, fire starting in a wet climate, signal mirroring and more. Come explore these beautiful islands in the Pacific Northwest!

    Day 1


    1000 meet at Galvin Flying Services, KBFI Boeing Field, to brief the 1 hour flight out to the islands.


    1100 - 1230 Touring the islands by air arriving at Orcas Island


    1230 Lunch / Base camp set up


    1330 Ground lectures:

    • Cold water immersion survival
    • Winslow Life raft deployment
    • PLBs, and Search and Rescue
    • International procedures and border crossings

    1700 - 1900 Island Hopping / Tailwheel ride in the Cub Crafters plane


    1900 Appetizers/Drinks/Dinner - Featuring fresh Buck Bay oysters on the half shell

    Day 2


    0700 Breakfast


    0800 Preflight Briefing


    0900 Wheels up for Canada / Glacier Tour


    0900 - 1600 Touring the glaciers north of Vancouver / Olympic Peninsula


    1700 Appetizers/Drinks/Dinner

    Day 3

    Wrap up, Certificate

    0700 Breakfast


    0800 Tear down camp and pack up


    0830 Preflight Briefing


    0900 Wheels up for Renton Field


    1000 Seaplane lecture / lessons - Seaplane Scenics


    1200 Depart for Boeing Field


    1300 Trip completion at Galvin Flying Services, KBFI Boeing Field

  • A Truly Unique Experience

    We believe that by immersing you in the environment and surrounding you with decades of experience, you will learn as much as absolutely possible about the art and science of flying safely near the open water. We believe an emphasis on survival planning is an important factor of your education if you plan to fly across large bodies of water.

    The course fee includes sessions by some of the world's top lecturers on the following topics:

    • Flying the Islands
    • Cold Water / Island Meteorology
    • International Procedures
    • ELTs, PLBs, and other tracking devices
    • What's important in a survival kit
    • Post crash survival
    • Cold Water Immersion
    • Search and Rescue
  • “I just wanted to let you know how much I enjoyed the San Juan Islands adventure. We learned a lot about the Diamond, the airspace, the 'what would we do IF?' and the geography while in the air. I also enjoyed Howard and Denise's great breakfast on Saturday morning, going into town for pizza on Friday night and Adam's outstanding "seafood boil" on Saturday night. I really enjoyed Howard's lectures...I found his information very helpful and relevant as we have Lake Michigan to deal with in our neck of the woods. And I've already put my 'survival kit' in my plane. I am looking forward to more cool adventures in the future...”



    Christine Duncan

  • Pricing

    All Inclusive: $4950

    Let us take care of everything. You will have a spot in a late model DA40 (expect around 4-6 hours of PIC time) and one 30 minute sea plane flight. There are no hidden costs here.


    We provide the airplane, instructor, fuel, and:

    • Accommodations
    • Custom TFP survival kit
    • Gourmet food
    • Lectures by Jason Miller and Dr. Howard Donner
    • Sea plane flight experience

    Aircraft Owner: $2750

    If you own an airplane, we will provide an experienced instructor to train you in island flying in your own aircraft.


    Pricing includes:

    • Dedicated instructor for your airplane
    • Accommodations
    • Custom TFP survival kit
    • Gourmet food
    • Lectures by Jason Miller and Dr. Howard Donner
    • Sea plane flight experience

    Ground Only: $1250

    A huge part of the value on this trip is the life raft deployment, ground lectures, and signal mirroring. Come join us! Stay on the island, attend the lectures, workshops, life raft deployment, and seafood boil. And enjoy a 1/2 hour lesson in a Seaplane!


    Pricing includes:

    • Accommodations
    • Custom TFP survival kit
    • Gourmet food
    • Lectures by Jason Miller, Steveo1Kinevo, and Dr. Howard Donner
    • Sea plane flight experience
  • Videos

    Be sure to catch these highlights from the San Juan Islands 2017 maiden voyage...

    Blowing $5,000 in 5 Seconds! Life Raft Deployment

    Survive Ditching an Aircraft

    ...courtesy of Flight Chops

    Check out this Flight Chops Coast Guard rescue video. Our course will help prepare you in the event you ever need a rescue like this.

    Wilderness Medicince

    Immersion and Drowning

    Dr. Donner discusses swim failure, hypothermia, drowning, hyperventilation, cold water cooling, life jackets, and more.

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