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.

 

 

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. 

 

 

 

Return your RVCC forms Over the spring and summer many of our Squadron’s provide a service to its members and the general boating community by providing a recreation vessel courtesy check for boat owners to ensure....

 

 

 

Dena HamidI am very pleased to announce that Dena Hamid has joined the National Office staff as our Bookkeeper.    Dena came on board with us on August 14th and we were very fortunate that she was able to work with Alice Hinton for almost three weeks prior to Alice’s retirement on August 31st.

 

 

 

DirectorsIn accordance with Article 5.7.5(a) of the CPS-ECP Regulations, the Nominating Committee nominates the following individuals for election as Directors of CPS-ECP at the Annual General Meeting of members to be held on Saturday October 28, 2017 at Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island.

 

 

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