New Boating Courses For 2020

Boating 2 – Beyond Boating Basics

More than your Boating Licence

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).

Boating 3 – Introduction to Marine 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.

Boating 2 and 3 starting on January 8, Wednesdays, for 12 weeks. Plan to hold at Canadore, Parry Sound.

Maritime Radio

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.

This complete package with CD, and the new Digital Selective Calling, will prepare you for the Restricted Operator Certificate (Maritime) with DSC Endorsement exam. To operate a maritime radio, you need the certificate. It’s the law!

Maritime Radio class dates: May 5th and 12th.

For enrollment and more information about the courses above:   Call 705-342.1315 OR email: masonj@vianet.ca

Geocaching 2019

As we make eager preparations for the new boating season, many are looking for new and fun activities on Georgian Bay and the local lakes.  One of the popular and growing activities is Geocaching where a container, or cache, is strategically hidden somewhere on an island and the only way to find it is with a GPS.  Free software is available online for your phone or tablet to guide you on the journey.

Once found, open the package to discover a trinket that you can keep, take a laminated information card providing useful details about the hosting island, sign your name on the log book and leave a new trinket, usually a pen, key chain, mini-flag or similar nik-nak, so that the next adventurer can trade theirs.

ParrySound Boating maintains 6 cache sites.  Details are in the menu above.

I’m also looking for a few helpers that are willing to check our caches and report status back to me from time to time.  This will help keep the caches stocked and ready for the next adventurer.  Contact me at info@parrysoundboating.ca if interested.

If anyone has suggestions for a new cache spot on the Bay that is accessible by boat and has safe docking facilities, please leave a comment.

Boat safely.  Enjoy the natural beauty of our waters.

Joe Grasso

New Course: CPS BOATING 2

TAKE A ‘REAL’ BOATING COURSE

Do you already have your PCOC Card?
Do you boat on Georgian Bay, 30,000 islands?

Learn about navigation and a lot more…

Take our CPS BOATING 2 Course!

a 5-week course, starting January 23RD, 2019

This Course is the ideal follow-up for boaters who have their PCOC but are interested in expanding their knowledge to areas such as simple coastal navigation, rules of the road, chart work (paper and electronic), anchoring and towing, marlinspike, safety practices and more!

If you fall off a boat and use your PFD accidently you have already broken a rule or two. 

Every lesson you will be given a tip or two on how you and your crew can stay on your boat.

For more information about course:   Call 705-342.1315 OR email: masonj@vianet.ca

VHF Radio, Restricted Operator Certificate (Maritime) Course – May 8 and 10, 2018

The VHF Radio Course, Restricted Operator Certificate (Maritime), also referred to as ROC(M), is a two-evening course that will be offered this year May 8th and 10th in Parry Sound, from 6:30 to 9:00.

This complete course with CD, includes work with Digital Selective Calling. This course will prepare you for the Restricted Operator Certificate (Maritime) and includes the DSC Endorsement exam which is given on the second evening.

To operate a maritime radio, you need this certificate. It is the law! This Maritime Radio course teaches emergency radio procedures, as well as everyday operating techniques.

Cost: Members of the Canadian Power and Sail Squadron $80.00; non-members $90.00. To register, call John Stothers 705-389-1345.

Secure your lifeline. Be sure that you and your family take the Maritime Radio course.

Boating 2 Course Starting April 11, 2018

Boating 2 – Beyond Boating Basics, More than your Boating Licence

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 and/or Pleasure Craft Operator Card (PCOC)

If you are interested in this course please contact John Mason:
E: masonj1942@gmail.com

 

 

Restricted Operator Certificate (Maritime) Course – April 25&26, 2017

The VHF Radio Course, Restricted Operator Certificate (Maritime), also referred to as ROC(M), is a two-evening course that will be offered this year April 25 and 26, at Lakeland, beside the Hospital in Parry Sound, from 6:30 to 9:00.

This complete course with CD, includes work with Digital Selective Calling. This course will prepare you for the Restricted Operator Certificate (Maritime) and includes the DSC Endorsement exam which is given on the second evening.

To operate a maritime radio, you need this certificate. It is the law! This Maritime Radio course teaches emergency radio procedures, as well as everyday operating techniques.

Cost: Members of Parry Sound Power and Sail Squadron $80.00; non-members $90.00. To register, call John Mason 705-342-1315 – masonj@vianet.ca before April 20th.

Secure your lifeline. Be sure that you and your family take the Maritime Radio course.

Annual General Meeting Scheduled for April 22, 2017

The Parry Sound Power and Sail Squadron Annual General Meeting will be held at the Museum on Tower Hill in Parry Sound on April 22, 2017 from 1:00 to 3:00 PM. There will be more information as the meeting date approaches. We can be reached at info@parrysoundboating.ca.

Early April sunset on the Big Sound. Pretty, but not yet boating season.

New Geocache Designs Being Implemented

The GeoBayCaching program we introduced a couple of years ago is undergoing an update and refresh. We have discovered that the cache containers we originally used were being abused by the locals, bears in at least one case, or decomposing as a result of the elements.

The new geocaches are now being built with commercial grade 4″ PVC pipe and fittings. They should stand up to the elements. We’ve added a red band to the caches that capture the sense of our local Red Rock Island Lighthouse.

Three of the new geocaches have been deployed by Commander John Mason in the past week. The new geocaches are located on The Pancakes, Franklin Island and Windsor Island. The idea of the GeoBayCache program is to encourage people to get out and explore, not play hide-and-seek. The locations of most of the geocaches are sufficiently out-of-the-way that there is no need to ‘hide’ them once you get close.

If you get out to a location and can’t find the geocache, please let us know (communications@parrysoundboating.ca). Here’s hoping that the geocaches don’t become collector items.

The New Power and Sail Squadron Geocaches

Power and Sail Squadron Geochaches 2016-09

Celebrate Christmas in July in Parry Sound

Canada will celebrate its 150th anniversary next year. As we approach that special birthday, Parry Sound Power and Sail Squadron, invites boaters to prepare now.

Celebrate the First of July (149) by joining our Christmas in July Sail Past. Decorate your power boat like a lighted Christmas present or your sailboat like a Christmas tree and join us. You don’t have to be a member of CPS to participate, just have a boat.

Decorate your boat and join us behind Rosetta Island at 9:15 on July 1 – Canada Day.

Contact John Mason, 705.342.1315, or masonj@vianet.ca, for more information.

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