Courses/Training

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.

West Parry Sound Area, 2016 VHF Course Dates Announced

A two evening VHF instruction course with examination will be offered May 3rd and 10th, 2016, at Lakeland Long Term Care facility (beside the West Parry Sound District Hospital in Parry Sound).

The complete package with CD covers VHF marine radio  and Digital Selective Calling (DSC). The course will prepare you for the Restricted Operator Certificate (Maritime) and DSC Endorsement exams that will be administered on the second night with temporary licenses issued that evening for people successfully completing the exams.

To legally operate a maritime radio as an individual or business you need this certificate. The Maritime Radio course teaches emergency radio procedures as well as everyday operating techniques.

Register with John Mason in advance so course materials can be ordered.
705.342.1315, or masonj@vianet.ca.

Cost: Active Canadian Power and Sail Squadron members $80. Non-members $90.

Note: Students must come ready to show that they have memorized the Phonetic Alphabet: Alpha, Bravo, Charley… It is available online. Here is a link to get you started.

State of the Sound – March 3, 2016. Not Quite Ready for Boating.

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Upcoming First Aid Courses

A number of first aid courses are being sponsored by White Squall. Now is a good time to get that critical first aid training and certification, or to brush up on your skills. Once the ice is out it will be hard to find the time for all important safety instruction.

Wilderness Advanced First Aid – April 23-26, 2016
Bridge to WFR – April 27-May 1, 2016
Wilderness First Responder April 23 – May 1 (April 27th off)
Wilderness First Aid – May 7-8
Contact the White Squall Paddling Centre at 705/342-5324.

Boating Essentials Starting January 2015

Boating Essentials is the Canadian Power and Sail Squadron course that builds on the basic knowledge required for the Pleasure Craft Operator Card (PCOC) and takes you to the next level in your boating education. Topics in this course include navigation, conning, plotting, course and local charting, GPS, anchoring, lines and ropes. The course is taught by qualified local instructors who have considerable knowledge and experience boating in and around Georgian Bay.

You receive a complimentary one-year Regular Membership in Power Squadron upon completion of the Boating Essentials course. Note: Boaters who do not currently have their PCOC may make arrangements with the instructor.

The course will be held one evening a week at the Parry Sound campus of Canadore College.

Course cost: $250.00 Students should register at Canadore Parry Sound for $165.00, seniors $144.70 The course materials costs, paid on the first night will bring the cost up to $250.00

Register by calling 705.746.9222, or through online at this link at Canadore College.

Seamanship Course Starting September 29th

The Parry Sound Power & Sail Squadron will be presenting the Seamanship course this fall starting September 29th.

Seamanship expands upon the CPS Boating Essentials course to provide the student with a more in-depth knowledge of tides, currents, wind, waves and weather.  Traditional navigation, aids to navigation, Collision Regulations, GPS fixes, running fixes, DR plot, way points, the introduction of Deviation and chart labeling in both True and Magnetic are among the many topics covered.

Circumstances such as crew-overboard, medical emergencies, and potentially life-threatening situations are discussed. You will also “learn the ropes”, by gaining proficiency related to knots, hitches, bends, and splices as you develop your Marlinspike skills.

Details about pricing, time and location are available by contacting Parry Sound Power & Sail Squadron Commander and Education Officer, John Mason (705.342.1315, or masonj@vianet.ca.).

Beware “The Man”

Aren’t you in awe of this ad from the Boater Exam people? I found it the other day when looking at the 2014 Ontario Fishing Regulations handbook.

Young, strong cop in shades who is a foot taller than the obviously guilty senior boater. It’s a good thing he just wrote him a ticket and didn’t punch him out. Check out the body language. Check out the gun on “the man’s” hip.

Wow – don’t take the course to learn anything, or become a safer and more courteous boater, take it to avoid being put in this type of situation. And with the recent reports of police abuses it becomes even more intimidating. At least they didn’t dress this ‘cop’ in a brown shirt.

Carrot or stick? The Boater Exam people seem to think the threat of the stick works much better. We don’t offer education, we offer protection. This is using Freudian intimidation in advertising at its best. Or is it at its worst?

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JB – Communications Officer

 

Marine VHF Radio Course – Enrollment Open

A two evening Marine VHF instruction course with examination will be offered May 12th and 19th, 2015, at Lakeland Long Term Care facility (beside the West Parry Sound District Hospital in Parry Sound).

The supplied course materials include a manual and CD covering VHF marine radio use and Digital Selective Calling (DSC). The course will prepare you for the Restricted Operator Certificate (Maritime) and DSC Endorsement exams that will be administered on the second night with temporary licenses issued that evening for people successfully completing the exams.

To legally operate a maritime radio as an individual or business you need this certificate. The Maritime Radio course, ROC (M), teaches emergency radio procedures as well as everyday operating techniques.

Register with John Mason in advance so course materials can be ordered.
705.342.1315, or masonj@vianet.ca.

The cost is $75 including course materials with a $10 discount ($65) for Canadian Power and Sail Squadron members.

VHF Course Dates Announced

A two evening VHF instruction course with examination will be offered May 12 and 19, 2015, at Lakeland Long Term Care facility (beside the West Parry Sound District Hospital in Parry Sound).

The supplied course materials include a manual and CD covering VHR marine radio use and Digital Selective Calling (DSC). The course will prepare you for the Restricted Operator Certificate (Maritime) and DSC Endorsement exams that will be administered on the second night with temporary licenses issued that evening for people successfully completing the exams.

To legally operate a maritime radio as an individual or business you need this certificate. The Maritime Radio course teaches emergency radio procedures as well as everyday operating techniques.

Register with John Mason in advance so course materials can be ordered.
705.342.1315, or masonj@vianet.ca.

The cost is $75 including course materials with a $10 discount ($65) for Canadian Power and Sail Squadron members.

A Dawn Mist Rising Over Zhiishiib Rock Before the Big Freeze

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Boating Essentials, Starting January 2015

Parry Sound Power and Sail Squadron will be offering the Canadian Power Squadron course Boating Essentials starting in January 2015. Classes meet once a week at Canadore College, Wednesday evenings, from January 14th to March 11th, with no classes February 11th and 18th.

Cost of the course is $250 which includes instructional materials. Contact John Mason (705/342-1315) Commander Parry Sound Power & Sail Squadron, or Laurie Peddie (705.746.9222 ext. 7351) Canadore College, for more information.

Boating Essentials

Enjoyment and safety on the water require knowledge. Boating Essentials will take you to the next level in your boating education. Technology has changed the way we navigate. However, in order to use a GPS/chartplotter effectively, you should understand the use of paper charts and coastal navigation. The topics covered in this course; magnetic compass, global positioning and charts, navigation, conning, plotting, digital charting, anchoring, lines and ropes will increase your boating knowledge and make your adventures on the water safe and enjoyable.

VHF Course – April 15th & 22nd

A last reminder and information concerning The Maritime Radio Course, for VHF radios.  If you use a marine VHF radio you must have a license. The two evening course will be held on: April 15 and 22, 2014; 6:30 to 9:00; at Lakeland Long Term Care facility.  As you go up the hill use the first hospital parking on the right.  Your parking fee will be looked after.  The door to Lakeland is locked but there will be someone there to let you in. The fee for the course is $75 and includes the cost of the exam.

Interested in the course?

Call: John Mason 705-342-1315; masonj@vianet.ca
or, John Stothers 705-349-1345; Stothers@vianet.ca

We need to know as soon as possible, preferably April 7th to order the necessary course materials and provide you with the phonetic alphabet, knowledge of which is necessary to successfully pass the final examination.