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Vancouver Squadron

Educational Officer
(Boating, Maritime Radio, PCOC)
John Steede 604-230-0848
Assistant Educational Officer
(Advanced & Electives)
Peter Girling 604-313-5508

Classes are held at:
Prince of Wales School
2250 Eddington Dr.
Vancouver, B.C.
(two blocks west of Nanton Ave. & Arbutus St.)

All classes start at 7:00 PM and usually finish by 9:45


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Registration

For all courses, you may register and pay on-line, or advise the Training Officer of your intent to attend, at least two weeks before the class starts, so that we may obtain the course materials in time for the first class. Late registrations will be accepted, with a $20 additional fee to pay for shipping of course material.

Please arrive by 6:45 on the first night of class to complete registration and obtain materials.


The boatingcourses.ca website lists other squadrons in the Lower Mainland and across Canada that offer these courses.


Training Course Brochure (.pdf file)

Pleasure Craft Operator Card (PCOC) Requirements

All Operators of pleasure craft fitted with a motor and used for recreational purposes require a PCOC or other proof of compentency.

Proof of competency can take any of several forms:

  • 1. A Pleasure Craft Operator Card;
  • 2. Proof of having successfully completed a boating safety course in Canada prior to April 1, 1999; or,
  • 3. A completed rental-boat safety checklist; or,
  • 4. Any one of several Commercial certifications (see the Office of Boating Safety website for details)

The PCOC or other relevant documentation (or copy thereof) must be carried on-board while operating a vessel. These requirements do not apply in the Northwest and Nunavut Territories at this time.

Further information on PCOC requirements can be found on the Transport Canada "Office of Boating Safety" website


Boating 1: Boating Basics (PCOC) is a very basic course covering the minimum requirements for the Pleasure Craft Operator's Card (PCOC).

Boating 2 and Boating 3 cover the use of nautical charts, Aids to Navigation, plotting courses, and other topics essential for safe boating in our coastal waters.

The Marine Radiotelephone Operator Seminar ("VHF Course") qualifies the student for the Restricted Radiotelephone Operator's Certificate, required to operate a marine radiotelephone in Canada.

The Advanced Courses and Elective Courses are open to the public, and have no prerequisites. However, the Advanced courses assume that the student has taken the previous courses, or has equivalent knowledge.


Fall 2017 Schedule

Boating 1: Boating Basics (PCOC)
Four Thursday evenings, Nov 16 to Dec 7, 2017
Fee: $100, including Boating Basics manual

Boating 2 & 3

Vancouver Squadron will offer Boating 2 (Beyond PCOC) and Boating 3 (Intro to Navigation) as a single course. The course fee below is the fee for the combined course.

Tuesday evenings, Sept 19 to Dec 5, 2017
Fee: $330, Second person sharing materials: $250

Marine Radio Operator
(Restricted Radiotelephone Operator's Certificate)
We are offering three Radio Operator courses this fall:
One day course (0900 - 1600) at St. James Community Square: Saturday, Sept. 30, 2017
One day course (0900 - 1600) at St. James Community Square: Saturday, Nov 4, 2017
One day course (0900 - 1600) at St. James Community Square: Saturday, Dec 2, 2017
Fee: Non-members: $125, CPS Members: $105

Note

The following courses may be cancelled if there is insufficient enrolment. Please register on-line, or advise the Training Officer of your interest, at least two weeks before start of class so that we can obtain sufficient course material before the first class.


Boating 4: Near Shore Marine Navigation Level 1 (formerly Seamanship)
Tuesdays, Sept 19 to Dec 12, 2017 (13 weeks)
Non-members: $215
CPS Members: $195

Marine Electrical Systems
Thursdays, Oct 12 to Dec 12 (8 weeks)
Non-members: $175
CPS members: $155

Spring 2018 Schedule

Boating 1: Boating Basics (PCOC)
Thursdays, Apr 5 - Apr 26, 2018, 4 weeks, fee $100

Boating 2 & 3

Vancouver Squadron will offer Boating 2 (Beyond PCOC) and Boating 3 (Intro to Navigation) as a single course. The course fee below is the fee for the combined course.

Tuesday evenings, Jan 23 to Apr 24, 2018
Fee: $330, Second person sharing materials: $250

Maritime Radio Course
(Restricted Radiotelephone Operator's Certificate)
We are offering four Radio Operator courses this spring:
One day course (0900 - 1600) at St. James Community Square: Saturday, Feb 3, 2018
One day course (0900 - 1600) at St. James Community Square: Saturday, Mar 3, 2018
One day course (0900 - 1600) at St. James Community Square: Saturday, Apr 7, 2018
One day course (0900 - 1600) at St. James Community Square: Saturday, May 5, 2018

Fee: Non-members: $125
CPS Members: $105

Introduction to Weather
Tuesdays, Jan 16 to Mar 6, 2017 (8 weeks)
Non-members: $175
CPS Members: $155

Boat and Engine Maintenance
Tuesdays, Jan 23 - April 10, 2017 (10 weeks)(School closed Mar 20 & 27)
Non-members: $175
CPS Members: $155
Courses offered by CPS

Introductory:
Boating 1: Boating Basics (Pleasurecraft Operator's Card)
Boating 2: Beyond Boating Basics
Boating 3: Introduction to Marine Navigation
Maritime Radio Operator Course

Advanced:
Boating 4: Near Shore Marine Navigation Level 1(previously called Seamanship)
Boating 5: Near Shore Marine Navigation, level 2 (previously called Advanced Pilot)
Boating 6 - Offshore Marine Navigation, Level 1 (previously called Junior Navigator)
Boating 7 - Offshore Marine Navigation, Level 2 (previously called Global Navigation)

Elective:
Boat and Engine Maintenance
Marine Electrical Systems
Sailing
Introduction to Weather for Recreational Boaters
Extended Cruising
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