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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.

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Boating 1 - Boating Licence
Boating 1 – Boating Basics - CLASSROOM

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). 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 called Calibre. For Apple and Mac users we recommend using the free Books app the comes standard on Mac OS. Read less

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 co... Read moreurse 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.Read less

VHF Radio
Maritime Radio with DSC - CLASSROOM

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!  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. Read less

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 co... Read moreurse 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.Read less

VHF Radio
Maritime Radio with DSC - ONLINE (Self Study)

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

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

VHF Radio
Maritime Radio with DSC - CHALLENGE EXAM

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

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

Boating 2 and 3 - Beyond the Basics
Boating 2 and 3 Combined - CLASSROOM

Boating 2 – Beyond Boating Basics – The PCOC makes sure you have immediate navigation and safety skills but it’s j... Read moreust 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. 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.Read less

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 t... Read morehe 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.Read less

Boating 2 and 3 - Beyond the Basics
Boating 2 - Beyond Boating Basics - CLASSROOM

The PCOC makes sure you have immediate navigation and safety skills but it’s just the beginning of what you should k... Read morenow 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 called Calibre. For Apple and Mac users we recommend using the free Books app the comes standard on Mac OS. Read less

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 t... Read morehe 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.Read less

Boating 2 and 3 - Beyond the Basics
Boating 2-3 Combined - Online

This course is now retired.   Do not list it.  Look for V3

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 ta... Read moreke 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. Read less

Boating 2 and 3 - Beyond the Basics
Boating 2 - Beyond Boating Basics - ONLINE with Tutor

This course covers basic navigation topics (e.g., using a compass, interpreting nautical charts and the navigation aids ... Read moresystem, and using a Chartplotter), lines and knots, anchoring, docking, weather, collision avoidance rules, tides and currents, and several related topics. Each topic includes a manual (e-copy), instructional video, quiz/exercise activity, and links to online supplementary resources. A final “multiple choice” exam is included. Read less

Suggested Prerequisite Boating 1 – Pleasure Craft Operator Card (PCOC)

Details The course material is available online 24/7, except for a training chart and the Canadian Aids to Navigation System fol... Read moredout which will be sent by mail. The course will start on the date indicated in the CPS ECP Course Calendar. The online course link will be available 7 days prior to the start date. Notification will be sent upon registration on how to access the course. Once underway the students are expected to complete the course within 8 to 12 weeks. A “student forum” allows students to communicate (chat/text format) with class tutor(s) and other students enrolled in the course - asking questions, responding to questions from other students, sharing boating experiences, etc. The course will begin with a "Getting Started” video conference which will take place just prior to the course start date and a second video conference prior to the exam week. The learning management platform used to deliver the course is accessible by computer, tablet, or mobile phone.Read less

Boating 2 and 3 - Beyond the Basics
Boating 2-3 Combined - ONLINE with Weekly Meetings

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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 ta... Read moreke 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. Read less

Boating 2 and 3 - Beyond the Basics
Seminar - How to use a GPS - ONLINE

Suggested Prerequisite None

Details This Seminar is available 24/7 at your own convenience

Boating 4 and 5 - Near Shore Marine Navigation
Boating 4 – Near Shore Marine Navigation Level 1 - CLASSROOM

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 y... Read moreour 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 called Calibre. For Apple and Mac users we recommend using the free Books app the comes standard on Mac OS.Read less

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 t... Read morehe 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.Read less

Boating 4 and 5 - Near Shore Marine Navigation
Boating 4 – Near Shore Marine Navigation Level 1 - 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 y... Read moreour 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.Read less

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 ta... Read moreke 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. Read less

Boating 6 and 7 - Off Shore Marine Navigation
Boating 7 - Off Shore Marine Navigation Level 2 - VIRTUAL CLASSROOM

This is the second of a two-course program of Offshore Navigation program for the recreational boater. It introduces the... Read more 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.Read less

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. Inst... Read moreruction 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.Read less

Boating 6 and 7 - Off Shore Marine Navigation
Seminar - Celestial Navigation in a Nutshell - ONLINE

This online seminar can be started as soon as you receive the link or by going to the course calendar drop down on the m... Read moreain 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 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

Details The course material is available online 24/7.

Boat and Engine Maintenance
Marine Electrical Maintenance - VIRTUAL CLASSROOM

Learn how to maintain electrical systems in your boat properly and safely. Gain a solid foundation in wiring, direct cur... Read morerent 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!Read less

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 ... Read morelocation. 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.Read less

Environment and Weather
Weather for Boaters - ONLINE

Winds, waves, fog, lightning, hail, tornadoes .... hurricanes! The wise boater respects and anticipates mother nature’... Read mores 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.Read less

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 tak... Read moree 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.Read less

Environment and Weather
Seminar - Tropical Weather for Winter Boaters - ONLINE

This online seminar can be started as soon as you receive the link or by going to the course calendar drop down on the m... Read moreain 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.Read less

Suggested Prerequisite None

Details The course material is available online 24/7.

Environment and Weather
Seminar - Tides and Currents - ONLINE

This online seminar can be started as soon as you receive the link or by going to the course calendar drop down on the m... Read moreain 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 boat’s 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 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, Boating 4: Near Shore Marine Navigation Level I and Boating 5: Near Shore Marine Navigation Level II. Tides and currents are covered more extensively in those courses.Read less

Suggested Prerequisite None

Details The course material is available online 24/7.

Self Study
PCOC Online Placeholder (For National office use only)

This course has been created to facilitate manual Card creation by the national office. This is to be used by National O... Read moreffice only.Read less

Details This course has been created to facilitate manual Card creation by the national office. This is to be used by National O... Read moreffice only.Read less