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Take a boating course to improve your boating safety knowledge, as well as vessel handling and navigation skills.
Textbooks are included in the cost of the course.
On-the-water practical training is offered in the Boating 3 course. Spend a day with your instructors, proctors, and our experienced boating members, as you share a lunch and enjoy our fellowship.
Once you have successfully completed any CPS course you are elibible to join the Canadian Power & Sail Squadrons, and Port Moody Power & Sail Squadron (PMPSS).
To inquire about these or any of our boating courses, please contact Our Education Officer: Training@PortMoodyPSS.com
Boating Basics (PCOC)
Boating 1 - (PCOC)
We run Boating Basics courses throughout the year. Contact lmeisl@telus.net for information
Maritime Radio
VHF Radio Licence
We run VHF courses throughout the year. Contact lmeisl@telus.net for information.
Beyond the PCOC
Intro to Marine Navigation
Contains the content of both Boating 2- Beyond PCOC and Boating 3- Introduction to Marine Navigation (see their descriptions below).
Give yourself the time to really absorb the knowledge needed to be safe on the water. Boating 3 includes on-the-water practical training, always a fun day.
Save $35 by taking them together (one after the other)
The extended time together facilitates developing friendships and working relationships with your proctor and fellow class mates.
Beyond the PCOC
Boating 2 - Beyond PCOC
More than your Boating Licence
The PCOC makes sure you have immediate navigation and safety skills but it’s just the beginning of what you should know when you get on a boat. In the second of our Boating Series, you are introduced to the art of navigation, anchoring, ropes, lines and knots – not to mention what to expect when the boat is moving under power. This course also has a number of optional topics that will be taught depending on your interests; these include towing, trailering and a check list for layup and launch.
Suggested Prerequisite: Boating 1: Pleasure Craft Operator Card (PCOC)
5-6 weeks one evening per week
See course table of contents.
Intro. to Marine Navigation
Boating 3 – Introduction to Marine Navigation

The third course in our series explores navigation further as you learn how to plot and label on paper charts as well as what the skipper should be doing before setting out and when under way, handling a boat under sail as well as your environmental responsibilities and electrical hazards,. This course also has a number of optional topics that will be taught depending on your interests; these include tides and currents, canals and locks, and collision regulations.

Suggested Prerequisite: Boating 2: Beyond the PCOC

5-6 weeks one evening per week

See course table of contents.
Marine Electrical Maintenance
Using the text from our American cousin, the USPS, you will learn the ins and outs of your boat's electrical systems. Gain the confidence to tackle direct current, shore power and communications installations. Ensure the safety and reliability of your vessel; enroll in this course today. What's included?
  • Boat electrical wiring practices 
  • Direct Current (DC) power and Alternating Current (AC) power 
  • Galvanic and stray current corrosion 
  • Lightning protection 
  • Troubleshooting electrical problems 
  • How to use a multimeter 
  • How to solder and crimp 
  • How to read electrical wiring diagrams 

    Learn how to maintain electrical systems in your boat properly and safely.

    Enrol in the Marine Electrical Maintenance Course with your local Canadian Power and Sail Squadron, because PEACE OF MIND IS PRICELESS!

    See course table of contents.
    Boat and Engine Maint.
    Keep the water on the other side of the wall! From spark plugs to bottom paint, this course covers all the basics for “do it yourself” boaters.
    This course will equip you with the knowledge required to prevent onboard problems, carry out specialized tasks and tackle both short-term troubleshooting as well as long-term boat care. It features practical information and handy tips suitable for both new and existing boat owners. The dream of owning, maintaining and using your own boat without great expense can be achieved through the completion of the Boat & Engine Maintenance Course.
    See course table of contents.


    Do you want to learn more about sailing?  Do you want to improve your sailing skills and your understanding of how sails work?

    This Sailing Course covers the practical and theoretical basics of sailing and sailing seamanship. The range of topics is broad: from a description of different sailboat rigs, sail plans, hull types, and rigging to stability, balance, and the physics of sailing; from sailing at different points of sail to handling heavy weather and storm conditions; from spinnaker handling to reefing; from leaving the dock to mooring and anchoring.  It also covers sailing safety, navigation rules, and sailing tactics.

    Whether you are a new sailor or you are an experienced sailor and want to increase your sailing knowledge and skills, this course is for you


    Electronic Navigation
    Radar for Boaters/Night Cruising

    This new course covers the different types of RADAR equipment, their capabilities and limitations

    Understand the available features and how they apply to your needs. Learn how to use your RADAR for collision avoidance and for navigational purposes.

    There will be a focus on cruising at night with limited visibility.

    This course is recommended for anyone interested in taking their boat out for the Christmas Ships.

    The course covers everything about RADAR from how and where to mount the antenna to how to use and interpret the displays.

    Students attending this course should be in possession of their PCOC (or equivalent) and have basic navigational knowledge