July 26, 2018

80thIn the spring edition of the 1998 Port Hole, Brentwood Bay Squadron Commander Len Fallon proclaimed, “CPS will be there to meet the challenge of change!” Thanks Len. 

CPS – now CPS-ECP - has done just that. It has met those early challenges as well as the many challenges that have come since. For example; On April 3, 1998 CPS-ECP learned that mandatory operator proficiency requirements were to be required for power boats. (Note: Pleasure Craft Operator Cards were required as of April 1 1999 for anyone wishing to operate power -driven boat. Also note: There were certain age and horse-power restrictions for youths.) Not sure if there is a correlation between proficiency requirements and membership but in the same year our organization’s membership jumped by more than a thousand new members. In terms of challenges accommodating a membership surge is a good one to have.

Hard to believe but in the fall of the same year it was reported that boaters wanted shorter courses so Boating One and Boating Two were developed. Students who passed Boating One were awarded Operator Proficiency and a CPS Associate Membership. In the spring of the following year our Education Department’s safe boating courses were accredited by the Canadian Coast Guard. Another challenge successfully met. For the record, CPS-ECP did not lower its safe boating teaching standards , we simply met the mandatory requirements, filled the new niche with many squadrons working to successfully take advantage of the opportunity.

Moving towards the millennium and with regards to teaching boat operator proficiency as well as meeting competitive challenges from other sources a line from Monty Python seems most appropriate “ We’re not dead yet!” Speaking of moving into the millennium, it would be a gross oversight not to mention that John Gullick became our Deputy Executive Director in 1998.

In 1999 P/C/C Dave Durward was clear when wrote that CPS-ECP students were registering for CPS-ECP’s courses largely because of our organization’s reputation for teaching safe boating. Mr. Durward was also prophetic when he concluded, “ – we (CPS-ECP) have to change the way we do things ….” Mr. Durward’s word provide a good perspective when deciding how best to meet any challenge.

Again speaking of challenges, one other notable quote from P/C/C Durward, “Here’s a challenge. Think back on why you joined CPS. Is the reason still valid? Has your vision of what we do and what we represent dulled? Have you done much for your squadron lately?”

In 2000 at the start of a new millennium CPS-ECP received a request for its Boat Pro course to be translated into Mandarin. In the same year discussion about changing CPS-ECP in order to be more attractive to younger members became common place. CPS-ECP’s traditional-style of uniform became a topic for change. This was also the year were many began to embrace computer technology in every aspect of their lives – including boating. It was increasingly faster and easier to look something on a computer than in a book.

Certainly, the challenges presented by computer technology – soon to be better known as digital technology – have been and remain pervasive. However, CPS-ECP’s excellent reputation as a very well respected boating organization is thanks to its volunteers who have worked and are still working to promote CPS-ECP. To fully meet the digital challenge what is still needed is for squadrons to continue to reach out to their local boating communities and all of the fun boating can be along with talking about boating safety and fly the CPS-ECP flag.

Change and challenge or as interpreted by CPS-ECP members reads as understood and accepted. P/C/C Howard Peck wrote “Innovation. Change. Challenge. Three brief words, yet they totally describe CPS in 2001 and beyond.” Mr. Peck was spot-on. Please do yourself a favor re-read Mr. Peck’s article in the 2001 Summer edition of Port Hole magazine. Another challenge for CPS-ECP members came from P/C/C Tony Gardiner who often expounded on the value CPS-ECP delivered to Canadian boaters– he was not the only member to do so. Mr. Gardiner had a challenge of his own for our organization, “….we must address new markets and respond to the training requirements for today’s and tomorrow’s boater.” Mr. Gardiner was equally insistent CPS-ECP continue to play “a major role in educating, instructing skills on the water and rescuing boaters in trouble.” One more thing, about Mr. Gardiner’s challenge, he identified P/C/C Serge St.Martin as having d developed new and innovative marketing and public relations programmes when he was the NAO. Well done Serge! But now fifteen years later it’s another member’s turn to meet that same challenge only this time dealing with the digital technology and social media. Any takers?

By Don Macintosh

CYOB Destinations: We Visit the Hilton Beach Marina

Hilton BeachBy Amelia Morris

Ah Canadian simplicity at its finest; small town, big marina. Little Hilton Beach (population 200!), which I am lucky enough to call my cottage country, is located on the north-east coast of St. Joseph Island. The Hilton Beach Marina is one of the largest and most major ports of call in the Western North Channel. It also has a long and rich history dating back to the 1850’s.

I spoke with Marina Manager, Laura McRae and got the full scoop on what goes on in this inconspicuous but busy marina.

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Scarab 255 Open

Scarab 255 OpenBy Andy Adams and John Armstrong

You can imagine,at the GroupeBeneteau dealer meeting in Michigan last fall where all the Four Winns, Scarab, Wellcraft, and Glastrondealers had come to see the latest new models, the docks were lined up with gleaming brand-new boats to show the dealers and media – and they certainly put on a show! But for me, the Scarab 255 Open was an immediate stand out. This is a boat that breaks new ground and brings fresh thinking and interpretation of the boating experience to a wide range of buyers.

We had a quick look around but the test drives would have to wait until the next day.

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