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Juan de Fuca
Power & Sail Squadron

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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.

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.

 We are now taking registration for October 2013.

  If you would like to sign up for a course register online contact the Registrar for a downloadable form.

  For more information contact the Training Officer.

Subject areas include:  
Characteristics of boats
Licensing, registration, and other requirements
Mandatory equipment
Optional equipment
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
Collision Regulations
Canadian aids to navigation
Canals and locks
Tides and tidal currents
Winter lay-up
Auxiliary boats
Checklist for lay-up
Pre-launch checklist
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.

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