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Our boating courses help you with

what you have to know:
  • Boating 1: PCOC (2 nights)
  • VHF Maritime Radio (2 nights)

what you should know:
  • Boating 2: Beyond the PCOC (5 weeks)
  • Boating 3: Intro to Navigation (6 weeks)
what you want to know:
  • Boat & Engine maintenance (11 weeks)
  • Weather for Boaters (7 weeks)
what you might like to know:
  • Boating 4: Seamanship (12 weeks)
  • Boating 5: Advanced Piloting (12 weeks)

Introductory Courses
Study course material included with all classroom courses.

The CPS Boating Course
Prerequisite: none

Enjoy boating activities year round by taking the Boating Course this fall and winter! And even if you've got your basic competence licence (PCOC), come increase your knowledge by attending the Halifax Power and Sail Squadron Boating Course in the fall of 2011. This course is for both new and experienced boaters, covering many aspects of the theory of boat handling and sail planning, and offering significantly more information than is found in the short BoatPro/Boating Basics course. It is the essential basis for anyone planning to handle a vessel on our Atlantic waters. Whether you are interested in powerboats, sailing vessels or kayaks, this course is for you!

Course topics cover boat handling for both power and sail boats - under normal and adverse conditions: docking and anchoring; aids to navigation (buoy identification) and rules of the road; government regulations and required safety equipment; rope lines and knots; weather; handling emergencies; tides and currents. As well, you will be introduced to the challenge of plotting and navigation.

The course concludes with a 2-part final exam: Part 1 is the Accredited Boating (PCOC) exam, which is governed by Transport Canada and also approved by National Association of State Boating Law Administrators (USA) and recognized by the United States Coast Guard; Part 2 is on the additional material covered in the course. With successful completion of both parts students also earn a full CPS membership, with all the benefits it bestows. As a bonus, then, successful completion of the course can lead to cheaper insurance!!


Boating Basics
Prerequisite: none

The Approved Boating Handbook and the seminar prepares you for the Pleasure Craft Operator Card (PCOC) exam. The best of the PCOC seminars available, this highly acclaimed seminar was one of the first to be accredited by the Canadian Coast Guard.

Whether you take the seminar or simply use the handbook as a study guide, upon successful completion of the exam, you will receive a one-year complimentary Associate Membership to CPS, with its benefits.
Crossing the border? CPS is a provider of safe boating courses approved by both Transport Canada and the U.S. National Association of State Boating Law Administrators.

Get your Pleasure Craft Operator Card from CPS.


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