Courses

Boating Essentials – Canadore College, Parry Sound

Boating Essentials

Prerequisite: Any Canadian Coast Guard accredited Pleasure Craft Operator’s Card (PCOC) — BUT

If you don’t have an operator’s card yet, tell us and arrangements will be made.

Whether you are interested in powerboats or sailing vessels, large or small pleasure boats, Boating Essentials is for you!  This course picks up where information to get ‘the Card’ leaves off.

Boating Essentials introduces proven plotting and navigation tools using compass, and GPS/Chartplotter.  With the course you will learn skills to make better sense of navigation with a GPS.  Included are practical charting exercises.  Other information essential to safe and fun boating included in the course are:

  • Anchors and Anchoring
  • Ropes and useful knots, hitches and bends
  • Towing
  • Environmental Responsibilities
  • Pre-launch and Annual Layup Checklist
  • Global Positioning and Charts
  •  An introduction to Electronic Navigation
  • A study of charts and strip charts in and around Parry Sound.

On passing the final exam you will automatically become a full member of the Parry Sound Squadron of the Canadian Power and Sail Squadrons (CPS-ECP, Canada’s largest association of recreational boating enthusiasts) and receive the benefits of membership for one year.  Boating Essentials provides the basis for the advanced training available from CPS-ECP, including Seamanship, Advanced Piloting, Junior Navigation and Navigation.

Course details: 10 Wednesday evenings, January 8th to March 12th (6:30 – 9:00 PM). Location – Canadore College campus, Parry Sound, Ontario.

Call: John Mason at (705) 342-1315 or e-mail masonj@vianet.ca for information.

Price: 2014 – $250.00 per person ($148.75 tuition cost paid to Canadore, $101.25 for course materials paid the first night), $447.50 for two family ($148.75 per student for tuition, $150 for (2) course materials).  Please register at Canadore, Parry Sound (course information link).

CPR Training Session Saturday, October 26th

Here is something that should be of interest to all CPS members.  As well-trained and  experienced boaters, we have a responsibility to assist those in distress. The most common emergency on the water is drowning, and here is a three-hour program of CPR that will answer the most basic need.

The Heart and Stroke Foundation in partnership with Parry Sound EMS will be running a training session from 9:00 to noon at the Bobby Orr Community Centre on Saturday, October 26, for which there is no charge.

To register for this very valuable program, e-mail parrysoundcprgmail.com or phone 705-746-8440. Final registration is at 8:30 on Saturday morning. Everyone completing the session will receive a Heartsaver (A) certificate. In addition, there will be a demonstration of an AED, otherwise known as an Automated External Defibrillator.

For more detailed information, visit www.cprundead.ca.

We recommend this very highly, as it gives us yet another tool for dealing with medical emergencies; and, even if you have done this before, much has changed in way of technique in the last few years.  In addition, not having to guess under the pressure of an emergency enables us to be far more effective, so please give this the deepest possible thought.

Steven Duff
Secretary, Editor, and Chief Port Captain

VHF Course (Restricted Operator Certificate Maritime, ROC-M)

This two evening course is scheduled  for May 22nd and 29th.

This course includes instruction and the course materials (complete package with CD), and covers Digital Selective Calling (DSC).  This course will prepare you for the Restricted Operator Certificate (Maritime) exam. The exam is administered on the last second day. Successful completion provides you with a Restricted Operator Certificate (Maritime), including DSC.

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

Register with John Mason at least a week in advance so course materials can be ordered.

705.342.1315 OR masonj@vianet.ca

Cost: $75.00

Does Someone Need A Power Squadron Refresher?

A couple of recent marine accidents make me wonder if some of the professionals need to take a Power and Sail Squadron refresher course. Perhaps navigation?

In the first case a professional pilot working in San Francisco Bay crashed an empty oil tanker into the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge. Apparently the damage was ‘relatively’ minor, but it is still somewhere north of $500,000. The pilot in question has had a few more ‘oops’ events in the last few years. Looks like he could use a navigation refresher. Here are some details.

The second more serious accident happened in New York City as one of the commuter ferries rammed into the dock injuring at least 57 people, 11 of them seriously. There may be some extenuating circumstances, but it still would be good for them to take a refresher. Here is a link to more information.

Taking a course with the Parry Sound Power and Sail Squadron is a great way to learn important navigation and boat handling skills from experienced boaters and sailors. Here’s a link to more for more information.

Parry Sound October 2012

Flotsam and Jetsam – mid-December Issue

The Beacon Star’s Season’s Greetings issue had a photo of future members of the squadron on their cover (bottom right). Their photo was taken as they rode on the squadron’s Santa Claus parade float a few weeks ago. Check it out; they had their life jackets on.

A squadron member has passed on a video link reinforcing why it’s a good idea to attach  furniture to the floor and/or wall when you head out to sea. Despite the video’s title it apparently is a Pacific Sun Cruise liner riding out a storm off the coast of New Zealand on July 30th 2010.

Happy holidays to all. It’s a great time to think about upgrading or refreshing your boating skills. Check out the Parry Sound squadron’s course offerings for 2013.

PSPS Santa Claus Float Successfully Launched

Parry Sound Power and Sail Squadron and Sail Parry Sound successfully launched their jointly sponsored float in the Parry Sound Santa Claus parade this past Saturday. Thanks to the participation of a few dedicated members the float featured an Optimus class sailboat rigged with lights in the bed of a pickup truck. This was followed by a 21′ Scout dressed in garland and lights, carrying a crew of all ‘nice’ kids, and possibly ‘naughty’ supervising adults. All were properly equipped with life vests. The foot patrol of men and dog, similarly equipped with life vests, handed out safe boating course leaflets and mints.

You had to be there to have fully enjoyed it. Interested? We look forward to your participation next year. Here are a few photos from the parade. Happy holidays and safe boating. For information about upcoming boating courses please head to http://www.parrysoundboating.com.

 

Marine VHF Course Update – Revised Dates

Please note the revised dates for the Parry Sound Power and Sail Squadron’s offering of the CPS Marine Radio Course. The course will be given the evenings of April 23rd and 30th. On successful completion of the course you will be licensed to operate a marine VHF radio.

The cost of the course is $75 for the public and $60 for Parry Sound Squadron members. Get your membership renewal in now to qualify for the member discount.

If you are planning on being on the big water anywhere in the Great Lakes it’s a good idea to have a VHF radio, and a license to use it. You need a Marine Radio License to use a VHF radio, even if you are using a hand held radio on a kayak.

Successful completion of the course will not only provide you with the information to effectively use your VHF radio, it will provide you with the license to use it.

For boaters in an emergency, a VHF radio can be more valuable than a cell phone. While *16 can reach the Coast Guard, there are parts of Georgian Bay where one cannot get a cell phone signal. More importantly, when you make an emergency call on channel 16 on a VHF radio, boaters close to you can hear and respond immediately. Help from the Canadian Coast Guard or a local township fire department can take much longer to reach you and generally cannot provide immediate help.

The course will consist of two sessions on  April 23rd and 30th from 7:00 – 9:00 PM. Attendance at both sessions is necessary to receive your VHF license.

Book now to ensure a seat. To register and for more information call John Mason at 705-342-1315.

Here is a little more information about this Canadian Power and Sail Squadron  course:

To operate a maritime radio, you need the certificate. It’s the law! The Maritime Radio course teaches emergency radio procedures, and everyday operating techniques.

You will 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.

Upon successful completion of the exam, you will receive your ROC(M) – a Canadian Federal government issued certificate that allows you to operate a marine VHF radio.

Marine Radio Course – Registration Open

Are you planning to be on the big water around Parry Sound this summer? If yes, you must have a Marine Radio License to use a VHF radio, even if you are using a hand held radio on a kayak.

The Parry Sound Power and Sail Squadron will be offering the CPS Marine Radio Course April 16th and 23rd. Successful completion of the course will not only provide you with the information to effectively use your VHF radio, it will provide you with the license to use it.

For boaters in an emergency, a VHF radio can be more valuable than a cell phone. While *16 can reach the Coast Guard, there are parts of Georgian Bay where one cannot get a cell phone signal AND, most importantly, when you make an emergency call on channel 16 on a VHF radio, boaters close to you can hear and respond immediately. Help from the Canadian Coast Guard or a local township fire department can take much longer to reach you and provide immediate help.

The course will consist of two sessions on  April 16th and 23rd from 7:00 – 9:00 PM. Attendance at both sessions is necessary to receive your VHF license.

The cost is only $75 per registrant, with a discount for CPS members. The course will be given in Parry Sound.

Book now to ensure a seat. To register and for more information call John Mason at 705-342-1315.

Here is a little more information about this Canadian Power and Sail Squadron  course:

To operate a maritime radio, you need the certificate. It’s the law! The Maritime Radio course teaches emergency radio procedures, and everyday operating techniques.

You will 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.

Upon successful completion of the exam, you will receive your ROC(M) – a Canadian Federal government issued certificate that allows you to operate a marine VHF radio.