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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.

  • Over 80 years of experience
  • Learn from our experienced instructors
  • Courses developed by boaters for boaters

Does everyone on board know how to call for help?

Take Our VHF Radio Course and learn how to effectively communicate!

It’s important to know:

  • How to make routine and emergency calls using DSC
  • Voice procedures
  • Channel selection
  • Procedural words

Boating 1 - Boating Basics Course

All operators of motorized pleasure craft are required to show proof of operator competency. Learn the basics from CPS-ECP.

  • The Pleasure Craft Operator Card (PCOC) is good for life
  • Our Card is valid in Canada and the US

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.

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Boating 1 - Boating Licence
Boating 1 – Boating Basics

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.Read less

Suggested Prerequisite None

Details 1 day course or 3 evenings once per week

Permis bateau et radio
Navigation 1 – Carte de conducteur

Le manuel de ce cours et le séminaire préparent pour l’examen menant à l’obtention de la Carte de conducteur d’... Read moreembarcation de plaisance (CCEP). En plus d’être le meilleur de sa catégorie, le séminaire était l’un des premiers à avoir été accrédité par la Garde Côtière Canadienne, maintenant Transports Canada. Vous avez l’intention de traverser la frontière? Pas de problème, les CPS-ECP sont parmi les quelques fournisseurs de cours accrédités par la Garde Côtière Canadienne et par la U.S National Association of State Boating Law Administrators.Read less

Suggested Prerequisite aucun

Details De 6 à 8 heures

VHF Radio
Maritime Radio

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

Suggested Prerequisite None

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

VHF Radio
Maritime Radio (Self Study) - Online

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

VHF Radio
Maritime Radio Course - Virtual 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. To operate a maritime radio, you need the certificate. It's the law!Read less

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).

VHF Radio
Boating 2 and 3 - Beyond the Basics
Boating 2 and 3 Combined

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 12-13 weeks, one evening per week

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. Read less

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

Details 5 - 6 weeks, one evening per week

Boating 2 and 3 - Beyond the Basics
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 and 3 - Beyond the Basics
Boating 2 – Beyond Boating Basics - Virtual Classroom

The PCOC makes sure you have immediate navigation and safety skills but it’s just the beginning of what you should kno... Read morew 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.Read less

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).

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

B2 Challenge

Suggested Prerequisite PCOC

Boating 2 and 3 - Beyond the Basics
Boating 2 - Beyond Boating Basics - Self Study

The PCOC makes sure you have immediate navigation and safety skills but it’s just the beginning of what you should kno... Read morew 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.Read less

Suggested Prerequisite PCOC

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

Environment and Weather
Introduction to Weather for Recreational Boaters - Classroom

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

Details 7-8 weeks, one evening per week

Environment and Weather
Introduction to Weather for Recreational 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 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.

Environment and Weather
Introduction to Weather for Recreational Boaters – Virtual Classroom

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 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).

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 PCOC Online Placeholder (For National Office use Only)