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 16 & runs for 8 weeks;

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

Electronic Navigation; begins on Wed, Oct 2st & runs for 6 weeks.

Global Weather; begins on Thursday, Oct 16 & 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 #2 

The Pleasure Craft Operators Card (PCOC) gets you out there.   Power Squadron gets you back.

As the headline says it’s important to have as much knowledge as possible when out on the water.  With the boating season well under way and a mid-summer long weekend almost upon us it’s a great time to review some basic safety precautions before heading out with family and friends.

# 1 is to make sure you have age appropriate life jackets for everyone on board.  There are many choices based on what you doing out on the water so make sure to do the research and get the right one. (Don’t forget to include the family pooch!)  www.tc.gc.ca

The list of do’s and do not’s is long, and to some a bit daunting, but a bit of time spent before heading out can go a long way to ensuring the day goes smoothly.  I have taken a few tips from the old boat safety manual that was printed by Transport Canada.  It is only available on line now at www.boatingsafety.gc.ca if you don’t have a copy.

Here are a few things to make sure your day goes well.

Make sure that the boat is in good shape and all the mechanical bits are working as they are supposed to.  This sounds like a no-brainer but there is no point in heading out if any of the gauges for the engine don’t work, especially the gas gauge. The rule for the latter is 1/3 out 1/3 back and 1/3 reserve.

Depending on the length of your craft you are required by law to have a fire extinguisher or two on board and it has to be the right type. The list shows what you are required to have beyond just the fire extinguisher so double check your inventory of safety items. The RCMP is out there checking boats and a missed item can put a dent in your wallet and your day!  Here is the link to the list  www.tc.gc.ca/media/documents/marinesafety/TP-511e.pdf

Please note that the Canadian Power Squadron volunteers are conducting a voluntary safety check on Aug 16  at the Kelowna Yacht Club.   Boaters who participate get a compliance sticker which will go a long way to ensuring they will have no problems with the authorities out on the water.

The PCOC course offered by Canadian Power Squadron course and is always available on-line at www.cps-ecp.ca.  We do not offer this course in classroom at this time

Power Squadron Course Calendar www.cpskelowna.ca

Kelowna Yacht Club Sailing Courses www.kelownayachtclub.com

Respectfully submitted by J. Stuart Cook