Canadian Power & Sail Squadrons Courses offered by the

Winnipeg Power & Sail Squadron

Courses are offered on a demand basis. Should not enough people sign up, the Winnipeg Power & Sail Squadron has the right to cancel said course.

Basic Courses

BoatPro VHF Radio Talk
 
Boating Safety & Navigation Courses
Boating Piloting Advance Piloting
  Celestial Navigation  
 
Elective Courses
Extended Cruising   Fundamentals of Weather
Marine Maintenance Seamanship Power Seamanship Sail

 

Basic Courses

BoatPro:  Course: Table of Contents

The best of the Canadian Coast Guard accredited study guides available.

This highly acclaimed manual has been used as the template by other organizations in their rush to develop course material to meet the Government Regulation for operator competency.  It was one of the first to be accredited by Canadian Coast Guard and contains all the information needed to achieve operator competency and a Pleasure Craft Operator Card (PCOC).  A leader in its field, the BoatPro Manual is a great introduction to the boating safety and navigation material available in the Boating Course.  Successful candidates may apply for CPS Associated Membership with its specific benefits.

This course generally consists of 6 hours (three nights) of instruction followed by an examination on the fourth night.  Special courses may be setup.  Please call or E-mail Patrick Crooks for details.

Course cost is $40 per person

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Radio Talk:  Course: Table of Contents

The VHF radio is the best, and in some cases, the only method to get help on the water. As hand held and fixed VHF radio stations are relatively inexpensive today, if you want to protect yourself and your family, you should be a certified operator.

With this seminar, you will learn the special phonetic alphabet, as well as the correct operating procedure. This course will enable you to pass the Restricted Radiotelephone Operators Certificate Exam, which will be given at the conclusion of the seminar.

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Boating Safety & Navigation Courses

Boating:  Course: Table of Contents

Canadian Power & Sail Squadrons premier course for the recreational boater.

Whether you are interested in power, sail or canoe/kayak, this course is for you.  This modularized course contains detailed boating-safety information along with the challenge of plotting and navigation skills.  The interaction with other boaters awaits you in this exciting course.  After successful completion of an an accredited examination at the end of Module 1 - Boating Safety, you will receive the Pleasure Craft Operator Card (PCOC).  Successful completion of the examination at the end of the entire course (All 3 modules), we will provide you with the Regular Membership into CPS, and all its associated benefits.

This 3 module course (1 night per week for 12 weeks starting in September or mid-January) is available for $175 per person & $100 for your spouse or other family member (You share a text book).  Discounts are also available if you already have your PCOC.

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Piloting:  Course: Table of Contents

Prerequisite: Boating Course

This course provides the theoretical knowledge to be able to handle a boat in rough weather, and to deal with emergency situations.  Boating Course subjects are expanded to include Relative Bearings and the Running Fix, effects of current and leeway, and new skills in marlinspike and coastal navigation are learned.

This 12 week course (one night per week) is available for $100.

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Advanced Piloting:  Course: Table of Contents

Prerequisite: Piloting

Advanced coastal navigation principles will enable you to know where you are at all times.  Your boats position can be determined by using landmarks and aids to navigation- allowing for current and leeway, tides and tidal currents.

Some areas reviewed: steering and timing a course; additional chart familiarization; tides and tidal currents; electronic navigational aids and the sextant.

This 20 week course (one night per week) is available for $120.

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Celestial Navigation:  Course: Table of Contents

Prerequisite: Advanced Piloting

This course applies the sciences of cartography and astronomy to set a course and determine a position at sea.  Emphasis is placed on "how" to navigate and, with basic math and calculator skills, the student will have little difficulty.  For proper study, the student will require the use of Bowditch, current-year Nautical Almanac and a Star Finder (These items must be ordered separately).  The student will also require a scientific hand-held calculator with trigonometric capability.

This 20 week course (one night per week) is available for $120.

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Elective Courses

Extended Cruising:  Course: Table of Contents

This fascinating course focuses on the unique aspects of sailing offshore, and the challenges the prudent sailor and the boat will need to be prepared to meet in order to maximize the enjoyment and minimize the risks for those on board the boat.

This 12 week course (one night per week) is available for members at $100 and $130 for non-members.

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Fundamentals of Weather:  Course: Table of Contents

The detailed subject matter in this course will enable the boat operator to anticipate adverse forecasts by gathering pertinent information and interpreting weather signs.

This 12 week course (one night per week) is available for members at $100 and $130 for non-members.

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Marine Maintenance:  Course: Table of Contents

This course will provide the average boat owner with enough information to undertake boat maintenance and repair, or be able to discuss the situation intelligently with a professional repairperson.

This 12 week course (one night per week) is available for members at $100 and $130 for non-members.

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Seamanship Power:  Course: Table of Contents

This course expands upon the Boating Course to provide the knowledge necessary to become a safe and proficient operator of a power-driven vessel.

This 12 week course (one night per week) is available for members at $100 and $130 for non-members.

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Seamanship Sail:  Course: Table of Contents

This course will teach some of the basic sailing techniques for safe operation under various conditions, and will encourage the participant to become a more competent sailor.

This 12 week course (one night per week) is available for members at $100 and $130 for non-members.

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