Courses and Workshops

Course Venue: Our courses will be offered at Robert's Place restaurant, upstairs, 560 North Road, Gabriola Island.

Gabriola Squadron Boating Courses, 2019:

Boating 1 - Boating Basics (PCOC)

Course dates:
* January 9 - January 30, 2019;
Courses run on Wednesdays from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Course fee: $90 ($80 for CPS members)
All operators of motorized pleasure craft are required to show proof of operator competency. All you need to know for the Transport Canada test is presented in an easy to read format that is both informative and entertaining. You can be confident that this study guide meets all the standards established by Transport Canada’s Office of Boating Safety.
As an extra benefit, if you pass the test offered by Canadian Power and Sail Squadrons, your Card is recognized by BOTH Transport Canada and The National Association of State Boating Law Administrators (USA).
To register for this course, emailBert terHart.

Introduction to Cruising: CPS Boating 2 (Beyond the PCOC) and Boating 3 (Intro to Navigation)

Course dates:
* Boating 2 & Boating 3: February 6 - April 3, 2019;
Wednesdays 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Course fee: $240 ($220 for CPS members)
Boating Basics with PCOC makes sure you have immediate navigation and safety skills but it’s just the beginning of what you should know when you head out on a boat. Introduction to Cruising will take you to the next level in your boating education. This course will introduce you to charts, the art of navigation, conning and plotting, magnetic compass, GPS and electronic charting, collision regulations, tides and currents, handling a boat under power or sail, docking, environmental responsibilities, electrical hazards and on-board emergencies - not to mention anchoring, ropes, lines and knots and weather.
Introduction to Cruising requires that students register for both Boating 2 and Boating 3. This course includes all the optional modules for both Boating 2 and 3 listed on the CPS website as well practical exercises, workshops and modules developed specifically for this course.
To register for these courses, emailBert terHart.

Maritime Radio:

Course date: Saturday, February 16, 2019 9:30 am to 4:30 p.m.
Course fee: $95 ($85 for CPS members)
This course is offered as a one-day course several times a year. The successful completion of the course gives one the Restricted Operator's Certificate (Maritime) license. It is illegal to operate a marine radio without this certificate. Because it is offered as a one-day course, we urge potential students to contact us well before the course date so that they can obtain the course materials and review them before the day the course is taught and the exam administered.
To register for this course, emailBert terHart.


Workshops will begin mid-April and run on consecutive weekends for the next 5 weeks (Anchoring, Docking, MOB, Sail Handling and Rig Tune, Weather, Splicing, Intro To Marine Safety for Paddlers, Low Light Low Viz Navigation, Electronic Navigation, Radar for Recreational Boaters).

More Information:

For more information about the courses (not workshops), go to theCourses pageof the Canadian Power and Sail Squadron's national web site.
Information on times and fees of courses and workshops offered, if not already posted, will be listed here as it becomes available.

Contacts - click on the names to email:Bert terHartorMike Hoeinghausfor more information and for registration on a first-come basis.

PCOC Course on the Internet:

The PCOC online course is now live on our national CPS - ECP web site. It can be viewed by visitingPCOC Online