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Sarnia is located in Ontario, Canada on the border with the United States and across the Bluewater Bridge from Port Huron, Michigan.  Members of Sarnia Power and Sail Squadron boat out of the communities of Brights Grove, Camlachie, Corunna, Forest, Grand Bend, Mooretown, Petrolia, Point Edward, Port Franks, Sarnia, Wyoming, Strathroy and much of Lambton County.  Whether powerboat, sailboat, personal watercraft, jet boat or paddler, Sarnia Squadron Members are often found boating on Lake Huron, Lake Erie, and Lake St. Clair as well as the Detroit River and St. Clair River.  Others cruise to the North Channel, Georgian Bay, the Trent-Severn Waterway and Lake Ontario.  Local marine facilities to Sarnia include: Bridgeview Yachting Centre, Sarnia Bay Marina, Sarnia Yacht Club and Lake Huron Yachts.

Sarnia Squadron

Weather Centre

The Boating Course

Course Description

Canadian Power & Sail Squadrons' premier course for the recreational boater.

Whether you are interested in power, sail or canoe, this course is for you. It contains expanded, detailed boating-safety information. As well, the challenge of plotting and navigation skills, and the interaction with other boaters all await you in this exciting, "chock-full-of-info" course. Successful completion of an "accredited" examination at the end of certain sections will allow you to achieve operator competency and a Pleasure Craft Operator Card (PCOC), as well as an offer of CPS Associate Membership. Successful completion of the examinations at the end of the entire course will provide you with the opportunity of Regular Membership and all its associated benefits, along with the PCOC.

The course kit includes Student Notes; Homework Folder; one Training Chart "A"; Chart No. 1; Collision Regulations; Government Publications; and CPS Course Plotter.


Boating, Sections 1-15

  1. Characteristics of Boats
  2. Licensing, Registration, and Other Requirements
  3. Mandatory Equipment
  4. Optional Equipment
  5. The Magnetic Compass
  6. Preparing To Launch
  7. Ropes, Lines and Knots
  8. Handling a Boat Under Power
  9. Handling a Boat Under Sail
  10. Weather
  11. Skipper's Responsibilities Before Setting Out
  12. Skipper's Responsibilities When Under Way
  13. Collision Regulations
  14. Canadian Aids to Navigation
  15. Emergencies

Boating, Sections 16-24

  1. Global Positioning and Charts
  2. Navigation
  3. An Exercise in Conning - Cruise No. 1
  4. Introduction to Plotting
  5. Plotting and Labelling
  6. Cruising Single-handed
  7. Anchors and Anchoring
  8. Supplementary Topics
  9. Canadian Power and Sail Squadrons
Appendix 1 - Checklists for Lay-up and Launch
Appendix 2 - Pre-launch Checklist
Appendix 3 - Transport Canada Vessel Licence Prefixes
Appendix 4 - Standards for Plotting and Labelling
Appendix 5 - Trip Plan


Sarnia Power & Sail Squadron is a unit of

Canadian Power & Sail Squadrons - Escadrilles canadiennes de plaisance

national web site: www.cps-ecp.ca

Our Pennant showing our location within the Great Lakes Region.

Western Ontario District

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