About Canadian Power and Sail Squadrons

A Community Of Experienced Boaters Inspiring Others

Canadian Power and Sail Squadrons (CPS-ECP) is a national, not-for-profit boating organization offering courses and seminars for recreational boaters, including the Pleasure Craft Operator Card (PCOC) and the Maritime Radio Course to obtain your VHF Radio Certification.

Our boatingcourses.ca site offers our online Pleasure Craft Operator Card course and links to our numerous other courses that build from the basic courses required by law to what you would want to know to cross the ocean.

Our PCOC card program is the only Canadian-issued card that qualifies for acceptance by the US Coast Guard. These courses are available online by self-study or taught via instructor led virtual classes or in classrooms.

Since 1938, generations of volunteers have been sharing their on-the-water knowledge with new and seasoned boaters, helping them prepare for both every day and emergency situations. Our courses are developed by boaters for boaters.

Boating requires experience to feel confident on the water. The more knowledge you acquire, the more enjoyable boating becomes!

Once you’ve completed a course, we encourage you to become a member and support the continued effort to educate boaters across Canada. Course graduates can join for a special rate of $45. Membership in Canadian Power and Sail Squadrons offers access to insurance discounts, local events and course discounts. As well, annual membership dues from individuals allow us to better serve our boating community and develop our programs.

CPS-ECP Vision, Mission and Values

Approved by the CPS-ECP Board of Directors, June 14, 2016

Vision - what we are

  • A committed community of experienced boaters inspiring others to adopt a safe boating attitude through education and training.

Mission - what we do to achieve our vision

  • We teach safe boating practices and proper navigational technologies.
  • We promote the cause of boating safety by creating a safe boating ethic.

Values - what keeps us strong


  • Boating safety is of prime importance
  • We encourage the boating experience as a safety and enjoyable recreation.


  • Our CPS-ECP Boating Courses are of high quality and provide good value
  • We are leaders in safe boating education
  • We embrace changes in boating education and practices


  • We depend on volunteers of all ages, levels of experience and skill
  • We enjoy our interactions with our fellow volunteers and members


  • We believe in boating in an environmentally responsible manner

CPS-ECP Courses, Events and Resources

CPS-ECP Event Calendar

We offer a range of events and services nationally.

Get Your Boating License

The CPS-ECP Pleasure Craft Operator Card (PCOC) is good for life.


CPS-ECP is recognized as the foremost educational boating authority in Canada.