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Boating 2 - Beyond the PCOC
Boating 3 - Introduction to Navigation
Vancouver Power Squadron
Vancouver Squadron

Boating 2 Manual        Boating 3 Manual

Boating 2 - Beyond the PCOC

Boating 3 - Introduction to Navigation

Vancouver Squadron will run Boating 2 and Boating 3 as a single course. As material from the two courses will be intermingled, it is not possible to register for either of these courses independently with us. If you wish to take only one of these courses, please see http://boatingcourses.ca to find a squadron that offers the courses separately. The fees shown below cover both courses. We reserve the right to cancel the class if sufficient numbers are not achieved or if subsequent health orders curtail classroom access.

Tuesday evenings, Jan 23 to Apr 23, 2024
Fee: $375, Second person sharing materials: $260
Register On-Line

Register before Jan 9and receive an early bird discount of $20. Early registration ensures that your course material will be available for the first class.

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

Boating 2: Beyond the PCOC

This course expands on the PCOC information by covering essential topics such as Global positioning, chart symbols and their meaning, the magnetic compass, navigation by conning (visual reference using landmarks), electronic navigation with a GPS and chartplotter, handling a power boat while docking and undocking , ropes, lines and knots, anchoring, weather basics and potential weather hazards. Optional material includes topics on tides and currents, collision regulations and check lists for layup and launching.

NOTE: The Boating 2 course does not cover the material required for the PCOC card. Anyone operating a power-driven vessel is required to possess a PCOC. CPS issues a PCOC upon successful completion of the Boating Basics course.

Boating 3: Introduction to Navigation

This course continues from Boating 2 by working extensively with paper charts. Topics include plotting and labelling to recognized standards of lines of position, fixes, and course lines. Calculation of time, speed and distance with it all brought together by completing four practise cruises. Additional material includes environmental responsibilities, skipper's responsibilities before setting out and while underway, electrical hazards, and handling a boat under sail.

Courses offered by CPS

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

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)

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