Kelowna Power and Sail Squadron is an organization emphasizing boating safety, power and sail navigation and offering accredited boating courses. We also organize a variety of social events, from cruises, dinners, seminars, and much more – all bringing together people with similar interests and objectives.

Check out our upcoming courses for the fall including:

Advanced Piloting, begins on Tuesday, September 16th & runs for 8 weeks;

Boating Essentials; begins on Monday, September 22nd & runs for 8 weeks.

Electronic Navigation; begins on Wednesday, Oct 2nd & runs for 6 weeks.

Global Weather; begins on Wednesday, Oct 15th & runs for 9 weeks.

“…this beginning motion, this first time when a sail truly filled and the boat took life and knifed across the lake under perfect control, this was so beautiful it stopped my breath…”
Gary Paulsen, Caught by the Sea

CPS Safety Article # 4

A Change of Season

It’s hard to believe that September is upon us but that does mean an end to boating season.

There are many fine days left to get out on the water and in some cases it might be more enjoyable with the cooler temperatures.  Family picnics and overnight trips are something to look forward to on the weekends and a good way to connect with friends.  A little rafting up can make for a very enjoyable get away.

Just remember to have a figure of 8 knot tied to the boat end of your anchor rope.  One of my most embarrassing moments was to drop my anchor at Raymer Bay only to see it fly through the pad eye in the locker and snake over the bow.  Definitely a senior’s moment!!

Needless to say, please don’t forget to have and wear your life jackets.

As you plan your fall boating schedule it’s a good time to start thinking about service and maintenance.  A properly functioning boat is the difference between a good or bad day on the water.

For instance, if you haven’t fired up your kicker lately it might be time.  Waiting until your main engine quits is a bit late in the day.  If you do not have a kicker it’s all the more important to make sure your main power plant is in tip top shape.  Take a moment to check all your gauges and record all the readings.  You would be looking for drops or rises in temperatures for water, oil, volts, and amps depending on what you have on the dash.  This info can be very helpful to your mechanic when the boat is winterized at the end of the season.

Don’t forget to mark down the upcoming courses offered by CPS. The courses are listed on the website at www.cpskelowna.ca. Beyond the basics are courses offered on advanced piloting and the always popular weather course. The latter can help you plan more than a boat trip!!

Enjoy the rest of the season and please be safe out there.

Respectfully submitted,

J. Stuart Cook