The more knowledge you have, the more enjoyable boating becomes.

Canadian Power and Sail Squadrons offers a series of courses in boating knowledge that build from the basic courses required by law to what you’d want to know to cross the ocean.

Available, scheduled classes (Online, self-study, classroom) are listed. If you wish to register and pay for a class, you must first register in our system (click on the “Register” button at the top right).

You only need to register in our system once. You can then register and pay for as many classes as you want and we hope you will join us as a member of CPS-ECP. We ask for basic information about you that we need to meet Transport Canada (for the PCOC) or Industry Canada (for the Marine Radio card) requirements and for payments/billing purposes. All your personal information is protected.

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Self-Study Maritime Radio Course

Does everyone on your boat know how to call for help?

Get your ROC-M Restricted Operator Certificate (Maritime) Self-Study for $100. A requirement for all operators of a VHF Marine Radio.

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Boating 1 - Boating Basics Course

All operators of motorized pleasure craft are required to show proof of operator competency.

Get your Operator Certificate online for $49.95. Recognized in Canada and USA waterways.

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Boating 2 - Beyond Boating Basics Course

In the second of our Boating Series, you will be introduced to the art of navigation, anchoring, ropes, lines and knots and what to expect when the boat is moving under power.

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Maritime Radio Course

Get your ROC-M Restricted Operator Certificate (Maritime). A requirement for all operators of a VHF Radio.

Learn all about the uses of marine radios from an experienced CPS-ECP Instructor.

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Boating 1 - Boating Basics

Get your Pleasure Craft Operator Card. A requirement for all motorized boat operators.

Learn the basics from an experienced CPS-ECP Instructor. Our card is recognized in Canada and USA waterways.

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Boating 2 - Beyond Boating Basics

Your Operator Card 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.

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Boating 1 Boating Basics - Classroom

Suggested Prerequisite None

Details Students will meet in a classroom either 1 evening per week or for an all-day course on the weekend. Printed or Ebook course material will be distributed to the students. Students will write the examination at the end of the course. If the student passes they will receive a temporary certificate.

All operators of motorized pleasure craft are required to show proof of operator competency. All you need to know for the Transport Canada test is presented in an easy to read format that is both informative and entertaining. You can be confident that this study guide meets all the standards established by Transport Canadas Office of Boating Safety. As an extra benefit, if you pass the test offered by Canadian Power and Sail Squadrons, your Card is recognized by BOTH Transport Canada and The National Association of State Boating Law Administrators (USA). You may contact Canadian Power and Sail Squadrons to locate a testing facility in your area. Note: For optimal ePub readability we recommend PC and Android users download the free ePub reader application calledCalibre. For Apple and Mac users we recommend using the freeBooksapp the comes standard on Mac OS.

Maritime Radio with DSC - Virtual Classroom

Suggested Prerequisite none

Details Students will receive Printed or electronic copies of the course material either by mail or by picking up at a specific location. Instruction will take place using an online meeting one day per week (2-3 hrs.). this course begins and ends on a specific date. The final examination will be at a location near you or in some cases the examination may be online.

The Maritime Radio course teaches emergency radio procedures and everyday operating techniques. Learn all about the uses of marine radios, choice of frequencies, operation, phonetic alphabet, procedural words and phrases, as well as Digital Selective Calling and the Global Maritime Distress and Safety System, (DSC/GMDSS). All mariners, including recreational boaters, will want to take advantage of the many features and capabilities of this innovative form automatic radio. Secure your lifeline. Be sure that you and your family take the Maritime Radio course. This complete package will prepare you for the Restricted Operator Certificate (Maritime) with DSC Endorsement exam which is included as part of this courses. To operate a maritime radio, you need the certificate. It's the law! Note: For optimal ePub readability we recommend PC and Android users download the free ePub reader application called Calibre. For Apple and Mac users we recommend using the free Books app the comes standard on Mac OS.

Maritime Radio with DSC - Challenge

Suggested Prerequisite none

Details Students who have access to the material and wish to challenge the examination may do so by registering for this course. Once you are registered a Representative of CPS-ECP will contact you to arrange for the examination at a location near you.

The Maritime Radio course teaches emergency radio procedures and everyday operating techniques. Learn all about the usesof marine radios, choice of frequencies, operation, phonetic alphabet, procedural words and phrases, as well as Digital Selective Calling and the Global Maritime Distress and Safety System, (DSC/GMDSS). All mariners, including recreational boaters, will want to take advantage of the many features and capabilities of this innovative form automatic radio. Secure your lifeline. Be sure that you and your family take the Maritime Radio course. This complete package will prepare you for the Restricted Operator Certificate (Maritime) with DSC Endorsement exam which is included as part of this courses. To operate a maritime radio, you need the certificate. It's the law!

Maritime Radio with DSC - Classroom

Suggested Prerequisite None

Details Students will meet in a classroom either 1 evening per week or for an all-day course on the weekend. Printed or Ebook course material will be distributed to the students. Students will write the examination at the end of the course. If the student passes they will receive a temporary certificate.

The Maritime Radio course teaches emergency radio procedures and everyday operating techniques. Learn all about the uses of marine radios, choice of frequencies, operation, phonetic alphabet, procedural words and phrases, as well as Digital Selective Calling and the Global Maritime Distress and Safety System, (DSC/GMDSS). All mariners, including recreational boaters, will want to take advantage of the many features and capabilities of this innovative form automatic radio. Secure your lifeline. Be sure that you and your family take the Maritime Radio course. This complete package will prepare you for the Restricted Operator Certificate (Maritime) with DSC Endorsement examwhich is included as part of this courses. To operate a maritime radio, you need the certificate. It's the law! Note: For optimal ePub readability we recommend PC and Android users download the free ePub reader application calledCalibre. For Apple and Mac users we recommend using the freeBooksapp the comes standard on Mac OS.

Maritime Radio with DSC - Self Study

Suggested Prerequisite none

Details Course material is available on line 24/7. You will move through the course material at your own pace. You have 60 days to complete the course. Students will have a contact name, phone number and email should they have any questions and to arrange the examination.

The Maritime Radio course teaches emergency radio procedures and everyday operating techniques. Learn all about the uses of marine radios, choice of frequencies, operation, phonetic alphabet, procedural words and phrases, as well as Digital Selective Calling and the Global Maritime Distress and Safety System, (DSC/GMDSS). All mariners, including recreational boaters, will want to take advantage of the many features and capabilities of this innovative form automatic radio. Secure your lifeline. Be sure that you and your family take the Maritime Radio course. This complete package will prepare you for the Restricted Operator Certificate (Maritime) with DSC Endorsement exam which is included as part of this courses. To operate a maritime radio, you need the certificate. It's the law!

Boating 2 - Beyond Boating Basics - Classroom

Suggested Prerequisite Boating 1 Pleasure Craft Operator Card (PCOC)

Details Students will meet in a classroom 1 evening per week for the duration of the course. Course length varies depending on the course from 5 evenings to 12 evenings. Printed or Ebook course material will be distributed to the students either on the first night or prior to the start of the course.

The PCOC makes sure you have immediate navigation and safety skills but its 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. Note:For optimal ePub readability we recommend PC and Android users download the free ePub reader application calledCalibre. For Apple and Mac users we recommend using the freeBooksapp the comes standard on Mac OS.

Boating 2-3 Combined - Online

Suggested Prerequisite PCOC

Details Course material is available online 24/7. This is a cohort-based format with a specific start and end date. You will take this course with a specific group of fellow students. There will be an online meeting one evening per week to answer questions that students may have. You may also have one on one meetings with a local tutor to cover topics that are difficult to teach online.

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Boating 2-3 Combined - Online with Weekly Meetings

Suggested Prerequisite PCOC

Details Course material is available online 24/7. This is a cohort-based format with a specific start and end date. You will take this course with a specific group of fellow students. There will be an online meeting one evening per week to answer questions that students may have. You may also have one on one meetings with a local tutor to cover topics that are difficult to teach online.

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Boating 4 Near Shore Marine Navigation Level 1 - Classroom

Suggested Prerequisite Boating 3 Introduction to Marine Navigation

Details Students will meet in a classroom 1 evening per week for the duration of the course. Course length varies depending on the course from 5 evenings to 12 evenings. Printed or Ebook course material will be distributed to the students either on the first night or prior to the start of the course.

Do you know what to do if a boat on fire calls you for help? Can you deal with emergencies on your own boat? Build your confidence on the water, and make your boating a safe and fun experience, by taking this CPS-ECP Course. You will learn how to cope with these situations, as well as many other aspects of boating, such as relative bearings, knots and splicing, medical emergencies, coping with adverse weather, and much more. This course was formerly called Seamanship.Note:For optimal ePub readability we recommend PC and Android users download the free ePub reader application calledCalibre. For Apple and Mac users we recommend using the freeBooksapp the comes standard on Mac OS.

Boating 4 Near Shore Marine Navigation Level 1 - Online

Suggested Prerequisite Boating 3 Introduction to Marine Navigation

Details Course material is available online 24/7. This is a cohort-based format with a specific start and end date. You will take this course with a specific group of fellow students. There will be an online meeting one evening per week to answer questions that students may have. You may also have one on one meetings with a local tutor to cover topics that are difficult to teach online.

Do you know what to do if a boat on fire calls you for help? Can you deal with emergencies on your own boat? Build your confidence on the water, and make your boating a safe and fun experience, by taking this CPS-ECP Course. You will learn how to cope with these situations, as well as many other aspects of boating, such as relative bearings, knots and splicing, medical emergencies, coping with adverse weather, and much more. This course was formerly called Seamanship.

Boating 7 - Off Shore Marine Navigation Level 2 - Virtual Classroom

Suggested Prerequisite Boating 6

Details Students will receive Printed copies of the course material either by mail or by picking up at a specific location. Instruction will take place using an online meeting one day per week (2-3 hrs.). this course begins and ends on a specific date. The final examination will be at a location near you or in some cases the examination may be online.

This is the second of a two-course program of Offshore Navigation program for the recreational boater. It introduces the navigator to route planning for going offshore, may the voyage be long or short. While overshadowed by the new electronic systems, the art and science of celestial navigation is still a valuable asset to the offshore boaters. This course provides the student with the fundamental knowledge and practical skills of celestial navigation. It involves the use of a sextant for taking sights on the sun, planets, moon, and stars. This course was formerly called Global Navigation.

Seminar - Celestial Navigation in a Nutshell - Online

Suggested Prerequisite None required

Details The course material is available online 24/7.

This online seminar can be started as soon as you receive the link or by going to the course calendar drop down on the main web page and selecting Moodle Login. The Seminar is designed to be done in one sitting of about 90 minuets. Before electronic navigation aids like GPS and electronic chartplotters came along, coastal sailors plottedfixesby using natural and man-made references, such as lighthouses, buoys, church steeples, radio/TV towers, and so on,that were plotted in their exact locations on paper navigation charts. They did this by taking quick-successionbearingson two or more of these objects, thus producinglines of position(LOPs)that crossed each other at some point. When these LOPs were plotted on the paper chart, the sailor could see the fix, indicating the boats position. This process is calledgetting a terrestrial fix.However, if the sailor is in the middle of an ocean, there are no lighthouses or church steeples. There is a solution however, and as the Friendly Giant used to say, Look up way up, and there are all those heavenly bodies, lighthouses in the sky.

Marine Electrical Maintenance - Virtual Classroom

Suggested Prerequisite none

Details Students will receive Printed or electronic copies of the course material either by mail or by picking up at a specific location. Instruction will take place using an online meeting one day per week (2-3 hrs.). this course begins and ends on a specific date. The final examination will be at a location near you or in some cases the examination may be online.

Learn how to maintain electrical systems in your boat properly and safely. Gain a solid foundation in wiring, direct current systems, and alternating current systems found on recreational vessels. It also covers galvanic and stray current corrosion, lightning protection, interference suppression and electrical troubleshooting. Learn how to maintain electrical systems in your boat properly and safely. Gain a solid foundation in wiring, direct current systems, and alternating current systems found on recreational vessels. It also covers galvanic and stray current corrosion, lightning protection, interference suppression and electrical troubleshooting. Enrol in the Marine Electrical Maintenance Course with your local Canadian Power and Sail Squadron, because PEACE OF MIND IS PRICELESS!

Seminar - Tides and Currents - Online

Suggested Prerequisite None required

Details The course material is available online 24/7.

This online seminar can be started as soon as you receive the link or by going to the course calendar drop down on the main web page and selecting Moodle Login. The Seminar is designed to be done in one sitting of about 90 minuets. For the safety of oneself, the boats crew and the boat itself, the boater had best be prepared to take tides and currents into consideration when planning a voyage of any length in tidal waters. Failure to do so can result in the vessels running aground or, just as embarrassing and damaging, snapping off a mast in a collision with a bridge or utility cable stretched across a tidal river. It is not possible to cover every detail of the subject of tides and currents within the constraints of this seminar, but it will certainly give the student a solid introduction to the subject. To learn more, we highly recommend boaters take the CPS-ECP courses,Boating 4: Near Shore Marine Navigation Level IandBoating 5: Near Shore Marine Navigation Level II. Tides and currents are covered more extensively in those courses.

Seminar - Tropical Weather for Winter Boaters - Online

Suggested Prerequisite None required

Details The course material is available online 24/7.

This online seminar can be started as soon as you receive the link or by going to the course calendar drop down on the main web page and selecting Moodle Login. The Seminar is designed to be done in one sitting of about 90 minuets.Many boaters like to spend all or part of their winters sailing in tropical waters, and no doubt wonder what sort of weather they might encounter. The meteorology behind winter weather in the Tropical Zone is very much different from that which we experience here in the mid-latitudes. This seminar gives provides a quick review of mid-latitude weather, and then explains the differences that we would find in the tropics, and why they are different.A good follow up of this course would be Weather for Boaters which is a multi week course with Tutor support.

Weather for Boaters - Online

Suggested Prerequisite This is an introductory Course. No prerequisite is required.

Details Course material is available online 24/7. This is a cohort-based format with a specific start and end date. You will take this course with a specific group of fellow students. You may also have one on one meetings with a local tutor to cover topics that are difficult to teach online.

Winds, waves, fog, lightning, hail, tornadoes .... hurricanes! The wise boater respects and anticipates mother natures many moods. Beyond red sky in the morning, this course provides boaters with the tools to find and accurately interpret weather reports and forecasts, and to develop keen judgments in reading the sky and sea for optimum boating safety in and around Canadian waters. Newly developed for adult learners, this course will measure learning success not by closed-book, memory-work exams, but by practical, open-book applications of learned concepts to actual boating situations.

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