Event Date Event Description Event Location Squadron: Halifax Course: Recurring Event Halifax Power and Sail Squadron's Welcome to our Course Calendar
The Halifax Power and Sail Squadron
offers courses for boaters old and not so old, novice and experienced. Courses focus on the theory behind boating, whether under power or under sail. Safe boating is a key component in the courses, but so too is the enjoyment of being on the water and understanding both your boat and the elements of the maritime environment.
The programme for 2018-19 is shown below. Contact the
with questions, requests for course 'druthers, etc.
Squadron: Halifax Course: Near Shore Marine Navigation-1 Oct 23 6:30PM Boating 4 – Near Shore Marine Navigation Level 1 (Seamanship) - Register
Prerequisite: Introductory Boating and Navigation courses.
Instructor: Angus Macpherson
Cost: $215 (CPS members: $195)
New start date: October 23, 2018
13-14 weeks every Tuesday, ending Jan 29, 2018, with allowance for holidays
The Near Shore Marine Navigation Level 1 Course (previously known as Seamanship) is an advanced level course through which you will develop and extend navigation and vessel-handling techniques first tackled in the introductory boating courses. That is, you must already have been introduced to the plotting, reading and labelling of paper charts...
The course also explores the skills needed to understand the hazards of weather, wind, waves, tides and tidal currents, and how to deal with them. And since unforeseen circumstances can arise at sea, such as man-overboard or medical emergencies, the Seamanship course addresses the where and how of acquiring the skills to deal with such potentially life-threatening situations. And, of course, you will “learn the ropes” - from knots, hitches and bends, to splices.
Traditional navigation, GPS fixes and Way Points are studied, along with the introduction of Deviation. You will learn how to interpret charts, apply the DR plot, use bearings, fixes, running fixes, the Collision Regulations, and apply plotting and labeling in both True and Magnetic, as adopted by the Training Department. Students will apply these navigation skills in several homework cruises and in the take-home cruise examination.
Cpt. William Spry Centre Room# 2 Halifax (Spryfield), Nova Scotia Squadron: Halifax Course: Marine Electrical System Oct 25 7:00PM Marine Electrical Maintenance - Register *Marine Electrical Systems - Register
Instructor: Dennis Harding
8-9 weeks, every Thursday. Maximum number of students: 12
Cost: $175 (CPS members: $155). Refresher rate available.
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
St. James Anglican Church Hall Board Room Halifax, Nova Scotia Squadron: Halifax Course: Restricted Operator Certificate (Maritime) & DSC Nov 16 to Nov 18 Marine Radio (VHF) certification with DSC endorsement - Register
Instructor: François Segard
Friday Nov 16th, 2018,6-9pm, AND Sunday Nov 18th, 2018, 1:30-5:30pm
Cost: $125 (CPS members: $105); 2nd family member discount available (share the material)
Early registration recommended. Maximum of 15 students
Anyone operating a marine radio needs a Restricted Operator Certificate (Maritime). It's the law! This VHF Radio Course prepares you to acquire it: you will learn emergency radio procedures, as well as everyday operating techniques. Topics also include 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).
The course takes place over two sessions, the second of which concludes with a 2-part exam: one written, the other an oral. On successful completion, you will have earned your Restricted Operator Certificate (Maritime).
If you already have your ROC(M) but lack the Digital Selective Calling (DSC) endorsement, you can choose to register for that aspect only
Secure your lifeline! Be sure that you and your family take the Marine Radio course.
Captain William Spry Community Centre CMR Halifax, Nova Scotia Squadron: Halifax Course: Introduction to Marine Navigation Nov 21 6:30PM Boating 3 - Introduction to Marine Navigation – Register
Recommended Prerequisites: PCOC (Boating 1) and Boating 2-Beyond the PCOC
Instructor: Terry Carter
6 Weeks every Wednesday (exam on Jan 23, 2019)
Cost: $190; 2nd family member: $160 (share the text)
Early registration recommended. Minimum enrollment: 8 students; maximum of 15 students.
In "Boating 3: Introduction to Marine Navigation" plotting and labelling on paper charts is further explored; topics also covered include environmental responsibilities, skippers responsibilities before setting out and when under way, electrical hazards and handling a boat under sail. The course also has a number of optional topics that will be taught depending on the needs of the students; these include tides and currents, canals and locks, and collision regulations. This course will boost your boating knowledge and ensure your adventures on the water will be safe and enjoyable.
A second family member can also sign up at a reduced rate. The course text is shared between the family members, while each will receive the rest of the student kit (homework package, chart, plotter and divider).
Sign up now. Better yet, enroll the family!
If you register before October 10, you can choose the Boating 2 and 3 combo, or the complete Introductory Boating package with PCOC included. Go our Squadron Catalogue and find "Intro Boating Package" or "Boating 2: Beyond the PCOC" (Boating 2 and 3 combo option at the Sign-up boxes). St. James Anglican Church Hall Board Room Halifax, Nova Scotia Squadron: Halifax Course: Sail Jan 7 6:30PM Sail - Register
Instructor: Luke Porter
Cost: $175 (CPS members: $155)
Refresher rate (no book): $50.00
12 weeks, 6:30-9:00 pm every Monday (ending April 1, 2018, with allowance for February holiday), Maximum number of students: 15
The Sail Course provides the knowledge required to operate a sailboat safely. It will acquaint the beginner sailor with day-sailing in protected waters, while allowing experienced sailors to sharpen their skills. The course has 4 main sections: The Sailboat (Rigs and Plans; Design; Standing and Running Rigging; Sail types and cuts); The Forces (Stability; Balance; Wind...); Techniques of Sailing (Tuning; Up and Downwind sailing; Spinnaker handling; Heavy weather sailing...); and Boat Operation (Docking and Anchoring; Safety; Navigation rules...)
Whether you are a sailboat skipper, a seasoned or new crew member, or even just contemplating buying a sailboat, this course is not to be missed!
A second family member may register at a discounted price. Class material is shared in this option. Students/graduates of a previous offering of this course are welcome to sign up for a refresher.
Captain William Spry Community Centre Conference Room 3 Halifax (Spryfield), Nova Scotia Squadron: Halifax Course: Near Shore Marine Navigation-2 Jan 8 6:45PM Boating 5 – Near Shore Marine Navigation Level 2 - Register
Prerequisite: Boating 3 and 4: Introductory navigation and Seamanship courses
Instructor: Howard Donohoe
Cost: $215(CPS members: $195)
13 Weeks every Tuesday, 6:45 - 9 pm, (ending on Apr 9, 2019)
In this course, formerly known as Advanced Piloting, students build on skills introduced in the introductory Boating courses and developed in Boating 4 (Seamanship). As you explore greater accuracy in positioning and plotting exercises, as well as adherence to standardized labeling, your chart work skills will be developed to standards recognized in the maritime industry.
Knowledge of the skills involved in navigation and planning cruises on a maritime chart is just the start, however. The course explores the use of a variety of electronic devices to chart and plan a course under tidal, current and windy conditions. By learning more about dead reckoning, fixes and running fixes you will have attained a high degree of proficiency in navigating through coastal waters. Advance your piloting skills by taking this exciting course!
Captain William Spry Community Centre Conference Room 3 Halifax (Spryfield), Nova Scotia Squadron: Halifax Course: Electronic Navigation Feb 21 6:55PM Electronic Navigation Package - Register
Instructors: Paul Light and Dave Hackett
13 Weeks as follows: Electronic Navigation, 8 weeks on Thursdays to April 11 Radar for Boaters, 5 weeks on Wednesdays, Apr 17 to May 16 Maximum number of students: 15
Cost: $275 (CPS members: $235)
Sign up with a discount for taking the complete package, consisting of Electronic Navigation and RADAR.
Learn how to use your electronic equipment to its full potential. Make an educated decision when buying new equipment or upgrading the existing electronic navigation aids on your boat. Discover the latest trends in electronics and Radar for your boat.
Students who took the programme/or the individual courses in earlier years are welcome to return; take advantage of the refresher rate and catch up on the latest exciting developments in marine electronics (or register for the individual courses, which are list below in this Calendar).
TBA Halifax, Nova Scotia Feb 21 7:00PM Electronic Navigation - Register
Instructor: Paul Light
8 Weeks every Thursday (ending April 11, 2019). Maximum number of students: 15
Cost: $165 (CPS members: $145)
Refresher rate (only for students who previously took GPS and Electronic Charting): $120.00
This course replaces two courses previously known as Navigating with GPS and Electronic Charting. It covers the basics of how a GPS unit works as well as the more advanced subjects to do with chart plotting.
GPS technology provides additional safety and can help make navigating much easier on the water. You will learn about hand-held and built-in GPS and chart plotter instruments and become familiar with the many features and capabilities of these devices.
The course covers the features, capabilities, and uses of electronic charts and the variety of ways they are available - from chart plotters, PDA's, tablets, laptop and desktop computers. Learn about electronic programs like Maptech, OZI, FUGAWI and Nobeltec. Course material includes a CD with a complimentary Maptech computer navigation program, together with many electronic chart samples. A GPS simulator is also included to help you to learn by doing.
TBA Halifax, Nova Scotia Squadron: Halifax Course: Offshore Navigation-2 Mar 2 9:00AM Boating 7 – Off Shore Marine Navigation Level 2 - Register
Recommended Prerequisite: Boating 3; Boating 4 and 5, Near Shore Marine Navigation Level 1 and 2; and Off Shore Marine Navigation 1
Instructor: Mannie Laufer
Cost: $260 (CPS members: $235)
9 Weeks every Saturday morning (ending April 27)
The Off Shore Marine Navigation courses are courtesy of our American cousin. the USPS, and are designed for those of you who will be sailing far from sight of land. 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.The course runs on Saturdays, 9 am to noon, starting March 2, 2019 for 9 weeks. Spry Community Centre Conference Room 3 Halifax, Nova Scotia Squadron: Halifax Course: RADAR Apr 24 7:00PM Radar for Boaters - Register
Prerequisite: students should be in possession of their PCOC and have basic navigational knowledge
Instructor: Dave Hackett
Wednesdays, starting April 24, 7 - 9 pm
Cost: $145 (CPS members: $135); Refresher rate: $90
Radar is the only navigational aid that, independent of AIS and GPS (which rely on input provided by others), helps you find out where you are and also shows you where others are too....
Understand the 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. Topics
Introduction to radar Types of radar Radar installation The antenna The radar beam The display unit Interpreting the screen Integration Weather Navigating Collision avoidance What can go wrong and what you can do about it
This course is suitable for both the novice and for the experienced radar user or for those who are considering the purchase of a new radar system. Students attending this course should be in possession of their PCOC and have basic navigational knowledge.
Refresher rate available for graduates of the old RADAR course.
TBA Halifax, Nova Scotia