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Nanaimo Power & Sail Squadron - Courses

August 2022 Update

Nanaimo Power & Sail Squadron

This information is reprinted from an email I received Aug 23, 2022 from Nanaimo Power Squadron - Glen

2022-2023 Training Schedule

Training is Moving Back to IN-PERSON (with an online option)

The majority of our course offerings will be held in-person at the Nanaimo Yacht Club for attendees in the Nanaimo area. For those of you who have joined our courses through our Zoom offerings during the Covid challenges, we will also make the classes available through a livestream format to allow you to continue to join us. Class sessions will also be recorded which will assist in reviewing any information that you may have missed or want to spend more time going over. Chronologically the upcoming courses are:

  • Maritime Radio: Sept 11 (in-person only); Sept 17 (online only), additional dates to be determined

  • Boating 4: Sept 20 - Dec 13 (in-person & online)

  • PCOC (Boating 1): Jan 7 & 8, 2023 (in-person only)

  • Boating 2/3: Jan 18 - April 5, 2023 (in-person)

Review the class information below and click on the images to visit the Nanaimo Power & Sail Squadron website for more details and information on registering. UPCOMING TRAINING

Click on the image for more information and registration links.


The Pleasure Craft Operator Card (PCOC), meets the minimum requirements of basic boating safety knowledge as set out by Transport Canada. The course is approved by both Transport Canada and the U.S. National Association of State Boating Law Administrators and recognized by the U.S. Coast Guard.

  • 2-Day Course: Jan 7 & 8, 2023 at Nanaimo Yacht Cub


The Maritime Radio course provides training on emergency radio procedures along with everyday operating techniques. Subjects learned include the use of the VHF radio, choice of frequencies, operation, phonetic alphabet, procedural words and phrases as well as Digital Selective Calling (DSC) and the Global Maritime Distress and Safety System (GMDSS). This program is overseen by Industry Canada.

  • 1-Day Course: Sept 11 at Nanaimo Yacht Cub only; Sept 17 through Zoom only


The next steps following the PCOC is completing Boating 2/3 which is offered as a combined, integrated course. In this course 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. When you progress into the Boating 3 components you will learn how to plot and label on paper charts, what the skipper should be doing before setting out and when under way, how to handle a boat under sail, your environmental responsibilities and electrical hazards. A number of option topics will also be covered including tides and currents and collision regulations.

  • 12-Week Course: Wednesday evenings Jan 18 - April 5, 2023 at Nanaimo Yacht Club


Boating 4 (previously Seamanship) uses traditional navigation, GPS fixes, way points, along with the introduction of deviation in three homework cruises. The skills needed to understand the hazards of weather, wind, waves, tides and tidal currents and how to deal with them are explained. When unforeseen circumstances arise such as person-overboard and medical emergencies, this course counsels the student as to where and how to acquire the skills to deal with potentially life-threatening situations, and of course, you can 'learn the ropes' from knots, hitches, bends and splices.

  • 13-Week Course: Tuesday evenings Sept 20 - Dec 13 at Nanaimo Yacht Club and online

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