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Pleasure Craft Operators Card (PCOC)

All operators of motorized pleasure craft are required to show proof of operator competency. All you need to know for th... Read moree 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 Canada’s 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).Read less

Suggested Prerequisite none

Maritime Radio Certificate - ROC(M)

The Maritime Radio course teaches emergency radio procedures and everyday operating techniques. Learn all about the uses... Read more 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!Read less

Suggested Prerequisite none

Basic Navigation and Boat Handling - Combined (B2/B3)

This course includes sections covering basic navigation skills (using a compass, reading and interpreting nautical chart... Read mores, using chartplotter, smartphone or tablet and manual navigation skills needed to navigate safely including locate a position (i.e., identify latitude and longitude coordinates), set direction and measure distance. This course includes practice cruises using your navigation device and manual navigation skills. Safety topics include understanding how to use navigation aids - buoy system, legal responsibilities, selecting and using lines and knots, anchoring, docking, the impact of weather on boater safety, electrical hazards, collision avoidance rules, using tide and current tables, and other related topics. Each section includes course notes, instructional video, knowledge checks – skill testing quizzes and exercises, and links to supplementary resources. An optional final “multiple choice” exam is also available.Read less

Suggested Prerequisite Pleasure Craft Operator Card (PCOC)

Basic Navigation and Boat Handling - Part 1 (B2)

This course includes sections covering basic navigation skills (using a compass, reading and interpreting nautical chart... Read mores, understanding the navigation aids - buoy system, and exploring the basic features and use of Electronic Navigation devices), legal responsibilities and safety measures, selecting and using lines and knots, anchoring, docking, understanding the impact of weather on boater safety, electrical hazards, collision avoidance rules, tides and currents, and other related topics. Each section includes course notes, instructional video, knowledge checks – skill testing quizzes and exercises, and links to supplementary resources. An optional final “multiple choice” exam is also available.Read less

Suggested Prerequisite Pleasure Craft Operator Card (PCOC)

Basic Navigation and Boat Handling - Part 2 (B3)

This course continues the navigation theme by focusing on using the capabilities of chartplotters, tablets and smartphon... Read morees as well as the manual navigation skills needed to locate a position (i.e., identify latitude and longitude coordinates), set direction and measure distance). This course includes practice cruises using your Electronic Navigation device and manual navigation skills. Each section includes course notes, instructional video, knowledge checks – skill testing quizzes and exercises, and links to supplementary resources. An optional final “multiple choice” exam is also available.Read less

Suggested Prerequisite B2: Basic Navigation & Boat Handling - Part 1

Near Shore Marine Navigation Level 1 (B4)

This course will increase your confidence by focusing on the manual navigation technique called Dead Reckoning followed ... Read moreby logbook protocols. This is followed by a review of fixed and floating aids and more detailed navigational techniques. Other chapters will increase your knowledge of environmental influences on the marine environment: Tides and Currents, Weather, and Wind and Waves. Still other chapters are devoted to specific procedures to follow when things go from bad to worse: skills for boating handling during adverse weather, managing emergencies, and coordinating rescue efforts with the Coast Guard. Finally, you must demonstrate your proficiency in tying various knots and splices. The exam includes an extensive quiz section and charting/cruise exercise testing you understanding all topics covered in the course.Read less

Suggested Prerequisite B3: Introduction to Navigation or Basic Navigation and Boat Handling - Part 2

Electronic Navigation

This course will allow the pleasure craft operator to navigate safely knowing his exact location at all times. You will ... Read morelearn to navigate using GPS and paper charts as well as electronic charting devices. It includes a CD containing a number of charts and a full scale simulator of a chart plotter to help you learn by doing. Join with others to share experiences and knowledge.Read less

Suggested Prerequisite Boating 3 (Introduction to Navigation) or Basic Navigation & Boat Handling - Part 2

Practical Weather for Boaters

This course will improve your understanding of the systems that cause weather. It will help you use forecasts more intel... Read moreligently and to augment forecasts with local observations. This will improve your decision making. It will help you develop keen judgments in “reading” the sky and sea for optimum boating safety in and around Canadian waters. Each section includes a manual (e-copy), instructional video, quiz/exercise activity, and links to supplementary resources.Read less

Suggested Prerequisite none

RADAR for Boaters

This course covers the different types of RADAR equipment, their capabilities and limitations. It helps you understand t... Read morehe available features and how they apply to your needs. Learn how to use your RADAR for collision avoidance and for navigational purposes. The course covers everything about RADAR from how and where to mount the antenna to how to use and interpret the displays.Read less

Suggested Prerequisite none

Boat and Engine Maintenance

Keep the water on the other side of the wall! From spark plugs to bottom paint, this course covers all the basics for ... Read moredo 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.Read less

Suggested Prerequisite none

Extended Cruising

Extended Cruising is an essential first step in understanding the elements of the long-distance passage making lifestyle... Read more under sail or power. Through this course you will become confident in the boat you select by understanding seaworthiness, stability, and other design concepts. You will gain an awareness of the maintenance required for critical systems, passage planning, provisioning, and visiting foreign countries, safety issues, emergency preparedness and weather tips. If you want to cruise coastal waters, experience remote anchorages far from home or explore countries across oceans, Extended Cruising provides you with a deeper understanding of the skills necessary for confident, safe passages.Read less

Suggested Prerequisite B3: Basic Navigation & Boat Handling

Seminar: Tropical Weather for Boaters

The Seminar is designed to be done in one sitting of about 90 minutes. Many boaters like to spend all or part of their w... Read moreinters 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.Read less

Suggested Prerequisite none

Seminar: Tides and Currents

For the safety of oneself, the boat’s crew and the boat itself, the boater had best be prepared to take tides and cur... Read morerents into consideration when planning a voyage of any length in tidal waters. Failure to do so can result in the vessel’s 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, B4: Near Shore Marine Navigation Level I and B5: Near Shore Marine Navigation Level II. Tides and currents are covered more extensively in those courses.Read less

Suggested Prerequisite none

Seminar: How to Use a GPS

This introductory online seminar is for boaters who want to know the basics of how to set up their GPS/Chartplotter, und... Read moreerstand how it works, how to use it to and how it can connect to other boat electronics including tablets and smart phones. In this seminar, you will learn about waypoints, routes and how to best use the display options available for charts and data. Knowing how to plan and safely execute a route and interpret what you see on the charts is important A section is included on the capabilities of multi-function displays connected to an autopilot, sensors, radar, AIS or DSC radio. This is an interactive seminar and to help you assess your learning, there are question and answer segments located throughout the various sections.Read less

Suggested Prerequisite none

Seminar: Celestial Navigation in a Nutshell

The Seminar is designed to be done in one sitting of about 90 minutes. Before electronic navigation aids like GPS and e... Read morelectronic chartplotters came along, coastal sailors plotted fixes by 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-succession bearings on two or more of these objects, thus producing lines 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 boat’s position. This process is called getting 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.”Read less

Suggested Prerequisite none