Courses and Workshops

Course Venue: Our courses will be offered at the Rollo Centre, 685 North Road, Gabriola Island.

Gabriola Squadron Boating Courses, 2017:

Boating Basics with PCOC (CPS Boating 1):

Course dates: September 13 - October 11, 2017. Courses run on Wednesdays from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Course fee: $75 ($45 for CPS members)
All operators of motorized pleasure craft are required to show proof of operator competency. All you need to know for the Transport Canada test is presented in an easy to read format that is both informative and entertaining. You can be confident that this study guide meets all the standards established by Transport Canada’s Office of Boating Safety.
As an extra benefit, if you pass the test offered by Canadian Power and Sail Squadrons, your Card is recognized by BOTH Transport Canada and The National Association of State Boating Law Administrators (USA).

Introduction to Cruising: CPS Boating 2 (Beyond the PCOC) and Boating 3 (Intro to Navigation)

Course dates: October 18 - December 6, 2017. Wednesdays 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Course fee: $220 ($150 for CPS members)
Boating Basics with PCOC makes sure you have immediate navigation and safety skills but it’s just the beginning of what you should know when you head out on a boat. Introduction to Cruising will take you to the next level in your boating education. This course will introduce you to charts, the art of navigation, conning and plotting, magnetic compass, GPS and electronic charting, collision regulations, tides and currents, handling a boat under power or sail, docking, environmental responsibilities, electrical hazards and on-board emergencies - not to mention anchoring, ropes, lines and knots and weather.
Introduction to Cruising requires that students register for both Boating 2 and Boating 3. This course includes all the optional modules for both Boating 2 and 3 listed on the CPS website as well practical exercises, workshops and modules developed specifically for this course.
To register for these courses, emailBert terHart.

Maritime Radio:

Course date: October 21, 2017 9:30 am to 4:00 p.m.
Course fee: $95 ($80 for CPS members)
This course is offered as a one-day course several times a year. The successful completion of the course gives one the Restricted Operator's Certificate (Maritime) license. It is illegal to operate a marine radio without this certificate. Because it is offered as a one-day course, we urge potential students to contact us well before the course date so that they can obtain the course materials and review them before the day the course is taught and the exam administered.
To register for this course, emailBert terHart.

Introduction to Celestial Navigation/Junior Navigator

Course dates: TBA
Course fee: $235 ($215 for CPS members)
Learn the basics of offshore route-planning, weather and current routing and navigation in this 3 day intensive hands-on course.
You will learn to use a marine sextant to derive lines of position and fixes from the sun as well as being introduced to the celestial navigation as a whole. The course will also delve into how to effectively use pilot charts for the world’s oceans, navigation preparation and procedures before and during an offshore cruise, and how to make the best use of navigational software, calculators and apps.
Time and weather permitting, we will be taking sun shots at sea to round out the course.
To register for this course, emailBert terHart.

Boat and Engine Maintenance Course

Course Dates: TBA
Course fee: $175 ($155 for CPS members)
Keep the water on the other side of the wall! From spark plugs to bottom paint, this course covers all the basics for “do it yourself” boaters.
This course will equip you with the knowledge required to prevent onboard problems, carry out specialized tasks and tackle both short-term troubleshooting as well as long-term boat care. It features practical information and handy tips suitable for both new and existing boat owners. The dream of owning, maintaining and using your own boat without great expense can be achieved through the completion of the Boat & Engine Maintenance Course.


was last offered in the fall of 2014. It will be offered again when we have an indication of sufficient interest. Having completed the Boating Course, the Seamanship Course is a natural next step in building confidence for safe and enjoyable boating on the water by offering a more extensive study of seamanship and boat handling. Course fee: TBA.


is offered whenever there is sufficient interest. The CPS weather book is provided so that students can write the CPS exam, if they wish. The course is based on local weather conditions and observations. Course fee: TBA.

Contacts - click on the names to email:Bert terHartorMike Hoeinghausfor more information about courses, when they are offered and course fees charged and for registration on a first-come basis.

More Information:

For more information about the courses (not workshops), go to theCourses pageof the Canadian Power and Sail Squadron's national web site.
Information on times and fees of courses and workshops offered, if not already posted, will be listed here as it becomes available.
Courses and workshops, unless otherwise noted, are offered at the Rollo Centre, 685 North Road.

Contacts - click on the names to email:Bert terHartorMike Hoeinghausfor more information and for registration on a first-come basis.

PCOC Course on the Internet:

The PCOC online course is now live on our national CPS - ECP web site. It can be viewed by visitingPCOC Online