Peter LaGrandeur AP EC VA6RPL - Calgary Squadron Education Officer

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The Calgary Power and Sail Squadron continues to conduct our courses online and we also hope to get back to in-person training in 2022.  

Our Instructors include:

  • Kaye James ROC(M) RI/RE Marine Radio ROC(M) Classroom Recognized Instructor and Examiner
  • Lawrence Head SN Marine Radio ROC(M) Classroom Assistant Instructor
  • Lee Chappell ROC(M) RE Marine Radio ROC(M) On-Line Examiner
  • Pat Jones ROC(M) RE Marine Radio ROC(M) On-Line Examiner
  • Peter LaGrandeur AP EC VA6RPL RI/RE Marine Radio ROC(M) On-Line Examiner, Boating 2 & 3 Instructor
  • Pat Wickel SN Boating 4 & 5 Classroom Instructor
  • Gord Leek Boating 5 On-Line Instructor

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Calgary courses are available for registration on the CPS-ECP national web site in the Course Catalog https://www.cps-ecp.ca/contact/squadron-locations/course-catalog/. On the registration page for the course you want, scroll down to the Calgary Squadron.  You do not need to be a CPS-ECP member to take a course, however, most courses fees are discounted for CPS-ECP members.  If you do not yet have a CPS account, you will be prompted to create a profile for yourself before course registration can begin.

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Info on how to become a member of the CPS-ECP is available at the following link:   

https://www.cps-ecp.ca/membership-cps-ecp/

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  • Pleasure Craft Operator Card   

Known in CPS-ECP as Boating 1 ‘Boating Basics’
https://www.cps-ecp.ca/pcoc-boating-license/

The Transport Canada Pleasure Craft Operator Card is available Online 24/7 from the CPS national web site.  Start anytime.  

Regardless of boat length or engine horsepower, all motorized boat operators in Canada are required by law to have a boating license (PCOC).

Unlimited free retries of the Official Transport Canada Exam. Print a temporary card and you are ready to go Boating!

Please note that the CPS-ECP PCOC credential includes full United States NASBLA certification, which means it is valid in the US as well.  Your PCOC wallet card is mailed to you on successful completion of this course.

  • Maritime Radio ‘Self Study’ aka Radio Operator Certificate (Marine) ‘ROC(M)’ 

https://www.cps-ecp.ca/contact/squadron-locations/course-catalog/course-details/?cps-course=VHF%20Radio-01&cps-course-id=204

This self study course is available on our national web-based e-learning platform, the Moodle platform, which is available 24/7.  The Moodle platform https://moodle.org/ is the world's most popular web-based learning management system.

Register anytime.  There are no scheduled classes. Course is available 24/7.

$100 cost is for both members and non members (best deal in the country!).

Scroll down to select the Calgary Squadron’s edition of this ROC(M).

The Maritime Radio course teaches emergency radio procedures and everyday operating techniques. Learn all about the uses of marine radios, choice of frequencies, operation, phonetic alphabet, procedural words and phrases, as well as Digital Selective Calling and the Global Maritime Distress and Safety System, (DSC/GMDSS).  This complete package will prepare you for the Restricted Operator Certificate (Maritime) with DSC Endorsement exam which is included as part of this courses. To operate a maritime radio, you need the certificate. It's the law!  This radio course is intended for recreational boaters ( Commercial boat operators would need the ROC(MC).)

The final exam is done orally one-on-one with a Recognized Examiner via video conferencing.   Cost includes final exam, ISED licensing fee, and wallet card mailed out upon successful completion of the course.

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Knowledge of the basics of navigation and planning cruises on a maritime chart is just the start.  Expand that knowledge by using a variety of electronic devices to chart your course and enable you to plan your course under tidal, current and windy conditions.  By learning more about dead reckoning, fixes and running fixes in Boating 5, you will attain a high degree of proficiency in navigating through coastal waters.  In the CPS-ECP AP Course we cover GPS, Chart Plotters, Radar, SONAR, Autopilots and more.

 Upcoming courses we plan to offer:

  • Maritime Radio Course in the classroom.  
    We hope to offer this course in the first half of 2022.  Stay tuned to the National website for the next Calgary session.
  • Boating 2 – ‘Beyond Boating Basics’
    We plan to offer this course in the first half of 2022.  Stay tuned to the National website for the next Calgary session.

Boating 2 (on-line version) is delivered in the ‘blended’ format, meaning it is partly self-study on the Moodle platform available 24/7, along with scheduled weekly class time with your instructor for Q and A.  The Moodle platform https://moodle.org/ is the world's most popular web-based learning management system.  The final exam is done on-line. In the second of our Boating Series, you are introduced to the art of navigation, anchoring, ropes, lines and knots – not to mention what to expect when the boat is moving under power.

Boating 3 (on-line version) is delivered in the ‘blended’ format, meaning it is partly self-study on the Moodle platform available 24/7, along with scheduled weekly class time with your instructor for Q and A.  The final exam is done on-line.  This course explores navigation further as you learn how to plot and label on paper charts as well as what the skipper should be doing before setting out and when under way, handling a boat under sail as well as your environmental responsibilities and electrical hazards. 

  • Boating 4 - Near Shore Marine Navigation – Level I   ‘Seamanship’
    We hope to offer this in the Fall 2022
  • Boating 6 - Off Shore Marine Navigation – Level I  ‘Junior Navigator’
    TBD