Sept 28, 2017

More KnowledgeCPS-ECP offers a series of courses in boating knowledge that build from the basic courses required by law to what you’d want to know to cross the ocean. Generations of volunteers have been sharing their experience on the water with new and seasoned boaters, helping them prepare for both everyday and emergency situations.

The following is a list of courses in our Boating series, generally offered in a classroom or online. They offer a testing component if you wish to have certificate of proficiency. Some segments and topics are often presented in seminars or even online.

Required certification courses:
Maritime Radio (Restricted Operator’s Certificate [Maritime])
Boating 1 - Boating Basics (Pleasure Craft Operator Card)

Boating Series Courses:
Boating 2 - Beyond Boating Basics
Boating 3 - Introduction to Marine Navigation
Boating 4 - Near Shore Marine Navigation Level 1
Boating 5 - Near Shore Marine Navigation Level 2
Boating 6 - Offshore Marine Navigation Level 1
Boating 7 - Offshore Marine Navigation Level 2

Elective Courses:
Electronic Marine Navigation
Radar for Boaters
Boat and Engine Maintenance
Extended Cruising (Living on a Boat)
Sailing
Introduction to Weather for Recreational Boaters

The more knowledge you have, the more enjoyable boating becomes.

Check www.boatingcourses.ca course descriptions and to find what’s happening near you.

Cowichan Bay to Genoa Bay – Almost the Gulf Islands

Cowichan Bay to Genoa Bay – Almost the Gulf Islands

 By Catherine Dook

“So you’re going offshore to Genoa Bay,” said an old salt at coffee that morning. Genoa Bay was 15 minutes away from our homeport of Cowichan Bay and hardly counted as offshore, but it was our first destination that fall. The fog had socked us in all that morning, so John and I drank coffee and gossiped with the neighbours while waiting for the weather to lift. We’d provisioned with cans of chilli, a sack of apples, and tanks full of water. We’d tested the engine and the anchor winch. We were ready.

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 By: Katherine Stone

Two-hundred-year-old homes are what ghost stories are made of, and Beaconsfield Yacht Club (BYC) has its fair share of both. Although no one has seen any apparitions, a former club restaurant manager swore she could feel a presence whenever she went down to the cellar to get supplies.

Shift back to the beginnings of an area known as Beaurepaire. The first land concession on Lake Saint Louis at Pointe Beaurepaire was obtained from the Sulpicians by Jean Guénet in 1678. 

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A Trip To Iconic Italian Yachtbuilder Riva And Lake Como

Riva And Lake ComoStory And Photos By Iain Macmillan

Eyes turn and conversations on shore pause as one boat in particular approaches the Grand Hotel Serbelloni’s jetty that extends out into the sparkling blue waters of Lake Como off Bellagio, northern Italy. It’s not because the Clooneys, George Lucas or Richard Branson are on board, not this time anyway, the attention is on the boat itself. The world’s most valuable, most magnificent mahogany launch, a classic 1960s Riva Aquarama, is paired appropriately with Como’s most prestigious hotel, its Michelin star dining room and suites that have housed royalty; a perfect mix of pleasure, luxury and a distinguished history.

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