Juan de Fuca
Power & Sail Squadron
Boating Essentials Course
Courses are held at the Juan de Fuca Fieldhouse in the recreation complex.
The course is approximately 15 weeks long, with classes held once a week on Tuesday evenings from 1845 to 2130. All course materials are provided.
Whether you are interested in powerboats or sailing vessels, this course provides in depth boat operation and safety training, including plotting and navigation.
We are now taking registration for October 2013.
If you would like to sign up for a course
contact the Registrar for a downloadable form.
Passing the final exam allows you the opportunity to join CPS-ECP (Canada´s largest association of recreational boating enthusiasts) and receive the benefits of membership.
For more information contact the Training Officer.
|Subject areas include:
|Characteristics of boats
||Licensing, registration, and other requirements|
|Ropes, lines, and knots
||Handling a boat under power|
|Handling a boat under sail
|Preparing to launch
||Skipper´s responsibilities before setting out|
|Skipper´s responsibilities when under way
|Canadian aids to navigation
|Canals and locks
||Tides and tidal currents|
|Checklist for lay-up
|The magnetic compass
||Anchors and anchoring|
|Global positioning and charts
|Introduction to plotting
||Plotting and labelling|
|Cruise exercises (6) - Cruise A to Cruise F
A day cruise on squadron members' boats is also part of the course to provide students with a chance to practise their knowledge of boating safety and navigation.
It's not necessary to own your own boat before you take the Boating course. Many of our students are considering a boat and are learning boat safety and navigation before they make their purchase. Others are 'between boats' and some people enjoy friends' and family members' boats and want to inform themselves on safety practises.
Membership with the Juan de Fuca Power & Sail Squadron is open to anyone who has successfully completed this Boating Course, and we'd love to have you with us. Our members and volunteers took the Boating Course, and then decided to stay connected to the Squadron and give back to the organization that made the course possible.