Peter LaGrandeur AP EC VA6RPL - Calgary Squadron Education Officer

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The Calgary Power and Sail Squadron conducts both online and in-person training.  

Registration thru the CPS-ECP national web site in the Course Calendar. Scroll down to the course you want and pick 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.

Always in session:

Maritime Radio Self-Study - Radio Operator Certificate ( Maritime) " ROC(M)" available on our national web-based e-learning platform, the Moodle platform, which is available 24/7.  Register anytime.  There are no scheduled classes. Course is available 24/7.

Includes: emergency radio procedures, everyday operating techniques, choice of frequencies,  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! The final exam is done orally one-on-one with a Recognized Examiner via video conferencing.

! Bonus Offer: !

Each spring we anticipate offering a one day in-person Review, plus Exam session at the Military Museums, 4520 Crowchild Trail

For more info please contact our Education Instructor Peter LaGrandeur at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  .


 Upcoming courses:

  • Boating 2 – ‘Beyond Boating Basics’
  • In person classroom October - November 2022. The Military Museums Calgary
  • Boating 3 – ‘Introduction to Marine Navigation’
  • On-line Blended Self-study plus scheduled weekly class time November - December 2022
  • Boating 4 – ‘Near Shore Marine Navigation Level I - 'Seamanship’
  • In person classroom October - December 2022

   Please Register thru the CPS-ECP national web site in the Course Calendar.

Ongoing courses offered through the National organization:   

  • Pleasure Craft Operator Card

    Known as Boating 1 'Boating Basics', 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.


Our Calgary 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
  • Gord Leek Boating 5 On-Line Instructor
  •  Pat Wickel Boating 5 Classroom Instructor