Online Courses – Progress Report

Online Courses

Jan 23, 2020

By Eric Phinney, ANEO outreach 

This note is to update you on the scheduled offerings of the online versions of Boating 2, 3 and 4 courses for the Winter and Spring of 2020.

The new CPS-ECP Course Catalog Categories include a “07_Online” category which lists the online courses that will be offered in English for both Eastern and Pacific Time Zones. The Course Catalog lists five Squadrons that will be hosting Boating 2, 3 and 4 online courses starting in mid-January.

We are still looking for a Squadron in the Mountain/ Pacific time zone to lead a Boating 4 online course during the Winter/Spring season and we expect to be scheduling a French version of Boating 2 online in the coming weeks.

If your Squadron is considering delivering an online course, particularly B 4 in the West, we offer assistance in set-up and ongoing support. Additional B 2 and 3 online courses can also be added to the schedule, depending on demand, so don’t hesitate to get in touch. Details on how to get involved are provided below.

The B 2, 3 and 4 online courses are now being delivered using a state-of-the-art Moodle format, which includes instructional videos for each lesson (available 24/7), a weekly webinar led by a Host (organizing) Squadron, and a tutor for each registered student. Tutors are CPS-ECP instructors who provide hands-on assistance to registered students.

So, if your Squadron does not have the capacity to deliver Boating 2, 3 or 4 courses during the upcoming training season, or if you have insufficient numbers of registering students for your planned classroom courses, we ask that you consider referring potential students to the scheduled online courses.

Whether referred or not, we also ask your Squadron to support students registering from your city or region by providing tutors on an “as needed” basis. Course fees are shared among the host and tutoring Squadrons. Tutoring involves up to 3 meetings with B 2 and 3 students and up to 5 meetings for B 4. This includes proctoring the exam. Student – tutor meetings can be by phone, online or person-to-person. Guidelines and resource materials are available to assist tutors in carrying out their responsibilities. Tutoring Squadrons receive $45.00 per student for Boating 2 and 3 courses and $75.00 for Boating 4.

To date, we have successfully enrolled over 300 students in CPS-ECP Boating 2, 3 and 4 online courses in partnership with over 30 Squadrons from coast to coast. This partnership arrangement has worked to the benefit of our students as well as both smaller and larger participating Squadrons. Our survey results show that the students surveyed are both satisfied with, and benefiting significantly from, B 2, 3 and 4 online training.

CPS-ECP Boating 2, 3 and 4 Online Courses

 Winter / Spring 2020

Course Eastern Time (7:00 p.m.) Pacific Time (7:00 P.M.)
Boating 2 February 13 (Ottawa)

February 4 (Prince George)

April 21 (Port Credit)

Boating 3 January 28 (Ottawa) January 28 (Prince George)
Boating 4 January 15 (Kingston) TBD


If you have any questions regarding delivering or assisting in the delivery of online courses, referring students to online classes or tutoring online students, could you please contact Barry Smith (Western Canada) or Tom Beaver (Eastern Canada) who are jointly coordinating the B 2, 3 and 4 Online Winter/Spring 2020 schedule. (Contact information can be found below).

For Squadrons already involved in online programming, we thank you for your support. For others interested, we look forward to working with you to jointly support the CPS-ECP mission of boating safety through training.

The contact information for the online B 2, 3 and 4 coordinators are:

Western Canada: Barry Smith (, Prince George Squadron
Eastern Canada: Tom Beaver (, Ottawa Squadron

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