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.

You can search for a course of interest to you in several ways here on our website.

Online - In Your Own Time

Maritime Radio Course

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

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

Maritime Radio Self Study

Boating 1 - Boating Basics

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.

Boating Basics Self Study

Boating 2 - Beyond Boating Basics

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.

Beyond Boating Basics Online

Scheduled Course with Classroom/Virtual Classroom

Maritime Radio Course

Get your 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.

Find a Virtual Classroom

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.

Boating Basics Virtual Classrooms

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.

Take the next step in boating education.

Beyond Boating Basics Virtual Classroom

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Boating 1 – Boating Basics

Suggested Prerequisite None

Details 1 day course or 3 evenings once per week

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 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.

Maritime Radio

Suggested Prerequisite None

Details 1 day course or 3-4 evenings once per week

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. To operate a maritime radio, you need the certificate. It's the law!

Maritime Radio (Self Study) - Online

Suggested Prerequisite none

Details Self Study – Course material is available on line 24/7. Students will have contact information 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!

Maritime Radio Course - Virtual Classroom

Suggested Prerequisite None

Details Virtual Classroom – Students will receive Printed or electronic copies of the course material. Instruction will take place using an online meeting one day per week (2-3 hrs).

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. To operate a maritime radio, you need the certificate. It's the law!

Boating 2 - Beyond Boating Basics - Challenge

Suggested Prerequisite PCOC

B2 Challenge

Boating 2 - Beyond Boating Basics - Classroom

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

Details 5 - 6 weeks, one evening per week

The PCOC 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. 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 2 - Beyond Boating Basics - Online

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

Details Weekly webinar classes hosted online. Extra support available from in-person tutor session(s), where available.

Boating 2 - Beyond Boating Basics - Self Study

Suggested Prerequisite PCOC

Details Self Study – Course material is available on line 24/7. Students will have contact information to arrange the examination.

The PCOC 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. 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 2 and 3 Combined

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

Details 12-13 weeks, one evening per week

Boating 2 – Beyond Boating Basics – The PCOC 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. 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. 

Boating 2 – Beyond Boating Basics - Virtual Classroom

Suggested Prerequisite PCOC

Details Virtual Classroom – Students will receive Printed or electronic copies of the course material. Instruction will take place using an online meeting one day per week (2-3 hrs).

The PCOC 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. 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.

Introduction to Weather for Recreational Boaters - Classroom

Details 7-8 weeks, one evening per week

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

Introduction to Weather for Recreational Boaters - Online

Suggested Prerequisite none

Details Online – all course material is available online 24/7. There will be a online meeting one evening per week to answer questions that students may have.

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

Introduction to Weather for Recreational Boaters – Virtual Classroom

Suggested Prerequisite none

Details Virtual Classroom – Students will receive Printed or electronic copies of the course material. Instruction will take place using an online meeting one day per week (2-3 hrs).

Winds, waves, fog, lightning, hail, tornadoes .... hurricanes! The wise boater respects and anticipates mother nature’s 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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PCOC Online Placeholder (For National Office use Only)

Details 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 Office only.

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