is located in Ontario, Canada on the border with the United States and across
the Bluewater Bridge from Port Huron, Michigan. Members
of Sarnia Power and Sail Squadron boat out of the communities of Brights Grove,
Forest, Grand Bend, Mooretown, Petrolia, Point Edward, Port Franks, Sarnia,
Wyoming, Strathroy and much of Lambton County. Whether
powerboat, sailboat, personal watercraft, jet boat or paddler, Sarnia Squadron Members are often found boating on Lake Huron, Lake
Erie, and Lake St. Clair as well as the Detroit River and St. Clair River.
Others cruise to the North Channel, Georgian Bay, the Trent-Severn Waterway and
Lake Ontario. Local marine facilities to Sarnia include: Bridgeview
Yachting Centre, Sarnia Bay Marina, Sarnia Yacht Club and Lake
Boating Seminars and Courses
Canadian Power and Sail Squadrons have a
wide array of seminars courses you may select from to increase your boating
The Maritime Radio
course provides emergency radio procedures, as well as everyday operating
techniques. The course prepares you for the Restricted Operator
Certificate (Maritime) with DSC Endorsement examination.
You will be taught the uses of VHF
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).
Be sure that you and your family
take the Maritime Radio course.
For people that already
have a Restricted Operator
Certificate (Maritime), get your DSC certification today.
The new DSC technology is now
available on all new VHF Radios. Take this quick upgrade seminar if
you wish to get your DSC endorsement (required). Covers Digital
Selective Calling and the Global Maritime Distress and Safety System,
Be ready to use the new DSC
technology by taking this upgrade seminar.
The objective of this manual/seminar is to
enable the operator of a recreational small craft to navigate safely and
efficiently to any destination, using primarily a GPS receiver and
conventional charts. It is restricted to only the navigational aspects
of GPS, and may suggest when additional skills are required as a backup.
To select a route to follow, utilizing a GPS
receiver, requires a knowledge of basic navigation principles. Without
such knowledge, the navigator must place complete reliance and blind
trust upon complex equipment and the ability to use it properly, under
When properly installed and operated, modern
electronic navigation systems are generally very reliable. These
inexpensive and portable hand held systems are available to serve as
primary, back-up, or lifeboat navigation systems.
Although the controlling authorities go to
great lengths to ensure reliability and accuracy; the signals upon which
all such systems depend are not always available. A more common cause of
navigation failure is human error. Many mistakes are made in entering
and in sequencing of data. Incorrect positions or commands are often
inserted and wrong waypoints selected, sometimes with disastrous
results, as the computer does precisely what it is commanded to do.
This course outlines procedures designed to
minimize the possibility of human error in the operation of electronic
Canadian Power & Sail
Squadrons' premier course for the recreational boater.
Whether you are interested in
power, sail or canoe, this course is for you. It contains expanded, detailed
boating-safety information. As well, the challenge of plotting and navigation
skills, and the interaction with other boaters all await you in this exciting,
"chock-full-of-info" course. Successful completion of an
"accredited" examination at the end of certain sections will allow you
to achieve operator competency and a Pleasure Craft Operator Card (PCOC), as
well as an offer of CPS Associate Membership. Successful completion of the
examination(s) at the end of the entire course will provide you with the
opportunity of Regular Membership and all its associated benefits, along with
You will learn advanced coastal navigation
principles to enable you to know, at all times, where you are. The vessel's
position can be determined by using landmarks and aids to navigation - allowing
for current, leeway, tides and tidal currents.
Course content: Become familiar with charts; the
compass; steering and timing a course; tides and tidal currents; effects of
current and leeway; methods of determining position; Running Fixes; aids to
navigation; electronic navigational aids, and the sextant.
Course kit includes Student Notes; Homework
Folder; AP Training Chart; Chart No. 1; D.O.T. Tides in Canadian Waters
This course combines the original works of Junior Navigator and Navigator and
applies the sciences of cartography and astronomy to set a course and determine
a position at sea. Emphasis is placed on "how" to navigate and, with
basic math and calculator skills, the student will have little difficulty. For
proper study, the student will require the use of Bowditch, current-year
Nautical Almanac and Star Finder. (These items must be ordered separately). The
student will also require a scientific hand-held calculator with trigonometric
Course content: Use of the sextant, electronic navigation, the Nautical Almanac,
sight reduction by formula and scientific calculator, the Pilot and Great Circle
charts and much, much more.
Course kit includes: Student notes, homework folder, forms, Sight Reduction
Table, Dip Short Tables and necessary charts.
The Maintenance course will expand the average
boat-owner's knowledge of vessel maintenance.
Course content: Seasonal maintenance and repairs to wooden, fibreglass and
metal hulls are stressed. Sections are devoted to maintenance for electrical and
mechanical systems; spars, rigging and ground tackle; fire and safety
protection; moorings and berths; trailers; tools and fittings.
Course kit includes Student Notes and Homework Folder.
This introductory course
will teach some of the basic sailing techniques for safe operation under various
conditions, and will encourage the participant to become a more competent
Course content: Spars and rigging; sails and theory of sail action; sailboat
handling; pilot and cruising under sail (day sailers and keelboats). Fire safety
and sailboat racing are included as additional information.
Course kit includes Student Notes, Homework Folder, and Collision Regulations
The Global Weather Course is designed for those who wish to make ocean crossings or for the student who would just like to gain a more in depth knowledge of meteorology.
While it can be used as a stand alone module, it does assume a certain familiarity with the basic principles of weather. For those who do not possess this knowledge, it would be wise to first take the CPS introductory weather course, "Fundamentals of Weather".
Global Weather consists of six chapters, some highlights of which are shown below:
* Equilibrium in the Atmosphere, explains stability, instability in detail and the effect of atmospheric adiabatic vertical temperature profiles.
* General Circulation, covers terrestrial wind circulation, El Nino, La Nina and Jet Streams.
* Air Masses, deals with their classification, characteristics and their source regions.
* Extra Tropical Cyclones, explains how they are formed and the interaction of the fronts within them.
* Tropical Cyclones, takes the student from the hurricanes of the Atlantic to the typhoons of the Pacific, how they are formed, their dangers and how to react with their approach.
* Forecasting, teaches how to interpret the professional weather map and explains in detail the various aspects of making a personal forecast.
boaters are already environmentally conscious, because every aspect of
boating – fair winds, sunshine and sparkling, clean water – seems
to go hand in hand. However, if you are a boater who hasn’t given
much thought to your effect on the environment, the Enviro
Boater Guide should provide some interesting reading.
aim of this book is not to provide an exhaustive course on all of the intricate
details and operation of the versatile Global Positioning System. Rather, it is
written to help the new users of one of the many hand-held gps receivers, which
are becoming more and more common in daily life, go out and get back safely to
their point of departure from a familiar place. In it we hope you will find the
information and explanations that are usually missing from the operators’
manuals and glossy brochures of the market place.
is one of the technical marvels of the “space age” that has put exceptional
positioning accuracy into the hands of anyone who will take the short time
needed to learn about its pros and cons. We will try to help you do just that.
You will find simple explanations of the system which makes GPS so effective as
a navigation and location aid. We will suggest methods of extracting the maximum
navigational and safety information from your equipment. We hope that the
increased confidence of safely navigating “in the bush” or “on the
water” will surprise you, and perhaps help you bring home the one that
didn’t get away.
will introduce you to the versatile Global Positioning System (GPS)
receivers that are now common in everyday life.
GPS is one of the
technical marvels of the space age which has put exceptional accuracy
into the hands of anyone who will take the short time needed to learn
about its pros and cons. Within this course you will find simple
explanations of the system which makes GPS so effective as a
navigational aid, and methods of extracting the maximum navigational
information from your equipment. Improved position information, course
planning and real time speed/direction data improves your boating safety
and cruise enjoyment but reduces transit time and fuel consumption.
Take the opportunity to
attend Navigating with GPS. The results may surprise you.
This mini-course will introduce the
recreational boater to the various types of echolocation devices that are common
on smaller recreational vessels. In it you will find information that is often
missing from the manuals and glossy brochures of the market-place.
Depth Sounders have evolved into
compact electronic aids that allow you to determine a great deal of information
about the seabed beneath your boat. They are at once a safety device, a
navigational guide, a method of determining the makeup of the bottom, and a view
of fish and plant life. We will look at the history and development of depth
sounders, the various types of units available today, and discuss how they are
best used. By understanding their principles of operation and the purposes of
the different features, you will be able to select the unit that best fits your
needs and pocketbook.
All types of boaters;
recreational, sport fishermen and commercial, can benefit from depth sounders.
We hope this short course will be of value to you.
The Powerboat Television Show,
in conjunction with the Canadian Coast Guard, has produced two boating safety
programs, one for Boaters and one for Personal Watercraft Riders. They are
designed to pass on safe and courteous boating practices primarily to new
Capitalizing on the fascination with the
Internet, the programs portray a family "cruising" and
"jetting" the Net looking for information about boating and PWC
riding. They access "The Safety Net" as part of the "Boater's
Network" and find an interactive series of Modules that relay the
information all boaters require. These modules are informative, educational and
entertaining. They humorously enact various aspects of safe boating and PWC
Boatwise is a Resource Kit for the
Program Leader that is designed to provide the essential information to help
make children safer on or near the water. It is a resource guide and NOT a
course. It is meant to be adapted and used to suit individual needs.