VolunteerWe are all volunteers in CPS-ECP but some of our volunteers go far beyond what is taken for normal. These people often become an integral part of the Squadron or District and contribute a great deal to the well-being of CPS-ECP.

Ed DeptAll multiple choice exams in CPS-ECP are now open book exams with a 1 hour 30 minutes time limit. Marking keys are normally distributed with the exams when the Squadron Educational Officer orders the course material. 

Volunteer AssistanceThe 2016-2020 CPS-ECP Strategic Plan was approved a year ago by the Board of Directors at their meeting in Vancouver, BC. This Plan belongs to all Members of CPS-ECP…. Squadrons, Districts and National.

ITFollowing the Conference in Vancouver last fall, the Executive Committee made a commitment to the members of CPS-ECP to make much needed improvements to our Information Technology Platform. 

VHFThe first two order periods for the ICOM VHF DSC Simulator were a huge success. Not only were there 40 units ordered across the country, there were several enquiries after the last order period closed. 

Safety DaysFor 2017 there were a total of 31 events planned, 2 were cancelled and three more added for a total of 32 events. All of the events but one have taken place. The earliest was on April 1st and the last on October 14th.

RadarRadar for Boaters has been developed to use The Radar Book, by Vancouver Island author Kevin Monahan, in conjunction with CPS-ECP developed slides and materials. A comprehensive Addendum to the book is provided covering the newly available technologies.

CasbaThe Canadian Safe Boating Council (CSBC) is committed to recognizing individuals and groups who strive to make Canada’s waterways a safer place for everyone to enjoy, live, work and play.  The Canadian Safe Boating Awards, “CASBA’s”, are presented annually with the dinner gala considered a flagship event of the council.

Fly The Flag WinnerThis summer we ran our annual Fly the CPS-ECP Flag and Win photo contest and received many entries. Participants submitted selfies while proudly flying the CPS-ECP Flag and wearing their lifejackets.

 

 

 

Stretching The SeasonDuring the fall months, when the summer heat begins to wane, fall colours scatter the shoreline, and pristine anchorages, once cluttered, now offer quiet solitude, it’s important that you are prepared for each and every trip.

 

 

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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