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The following courses are offered this Fall to enhance your boating safety knowledge.  The locations are based across the North Shore; classes are beginning in September.

To see what courses are scheduled for this session at Sutherland Secondary School in North Vancouver: CLICK HERE

To see what classes are being held at West Vancouver Yacht Club this session:  CLICK HERE  

Boating 2 – Beyond the PCOC and Boating Basics

The PCOC makes sure you have immediate navigation and safety skills but it’s just the beginning of what you should know when you get on a boat. In the second of our Boating Series, you are introduced to the art of  navigation, anchoring, ropes, lines and knots – not to mention what to expect when the boat is moving under power. This course also has a number of optional topics that will be taught depending on your interests; these include towing, trailering and a check list for layup and launch.

Suggested Prerequisite: Boating 1: Pleasure Craft Operator Card (PCOC)

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Boating 3 – Introduction to Navigation

The third course in our series explores navigation further as you learn how to plot and label on paper charts as well as what the skipper should be doing before setting out and when under way, handling  a boat under sail as well as your environmental responsibilities and electrical hazards. This course also has a number of optional topics that will be taught depending on your interests; these include tides and currents, canals and locks, and collision regulations.

Suggested Prerequisite:  Boating 2: Beyond the PCOC

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Boat and Engine Maintenance

Keep the water on the other side of the wall! From spark plugs to bottom paint, this course covers all the basics for “do it yourself” boaters.

This course will equip you with the knowledge required to prevent onboard problems, carry out specialized tasks and tackle both short-term troubleshooting as well as long-term boat care.  It features  practical information and handy tips suitable for both new and existing boat owners. The dream of owning, maintaining and using your own boat without great expense can be achieved through the completion of the Boat & Engine Maintenance Course.

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Maritime Radio Course

The Maritime Radio course teaches emergency radio procedures and everyday operating techniques. Learn all about the uses of marine radios, choice of frequencies, operation, phonetic alphabet,  procedural words and phrases, as well as Digital Selective Calling and the Global Maritime Distress and Safety System, (DSC/GMDSS). All mariners, including recreational boaters, will want to take  advantage of the many features and capabilities of this innovative form “automatic” radio. Secure your lifeline. Be sure that you and your family take the Maritime Radio course.

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How to get there?…

Google Map to get to Sutherland Secondary SchoolSutherland Secondary School Location

Google Map to get to West Vancouver Yacht ClubWest Vancouver Yacht Club Location


CPS offers a wide range of other courses too, see if there’s something below that catches your interest see if it’s offered nearby at the links within each course outline.

If the course you are looking for isn’t scheduled in your area, contact our Education Officer at education@northshore.cps-ecp.org and let us know that you’d like to see it put on. If we get enough interest we can see what we can do about scheduling a session.