The Okanagan Power & Sail Squadron

We are pleased to announce the merger of three Squadrons: the Vernon Power and Sail Squadron, the Penticton Power and Sail Squadron, and the Kelowna Power and Sail Squadron; to form the Okanagan Power and Sail Squadron.

The Okanagan 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.

It is our intention that this merger will reduce the overall administration of the Squadron and improve our abilities to deliver our courses in the Okanagan.

We have also created a new website, www.cpsokanagan.ca, that will feature the latest news and course offerings in the valley.

Howard Sures


Boating Essentials
Enjoyment and safety on the water require knowledge. Boating Essentials will take you to the next level in your boating education. Technology has changed the way we navigate. However, in order to use a GPS/chartplotter effectively, you should understand the use of paper charts and coastal navigation. The topics covered in this course; magnetic compass, global positioning and charts, navigation, conning, plotting, digital charting, anchoring, lines and ropes will increase your boating knowledge and make your adventures on the water safe and enjoyable.

Classes are Monday’s,  starting September 21st, 19:00 – 21:00 HRS (7 – 9:00PM) for 8 weeks

Boat & Engine Maintenance 2015

The enjoyment of boating includes both the pleasure of using the boat and the satisfaction of properly maintaining it. To many boaters, working on their boat is part of the fun, to say nothing of the savings in cost. All boats need maintenance to correct for the gradual deterioration from wear and tear, and exposure to the elements. A boater should be on the alert for signs of vessel degradation, and make repairs while the problem is minor.

Classes are Tuesday’s, September 29th, 19:00 – 21:00 HRS (7 – 9:00PM) for 8 weeks

Global Navigation 2015

Global Navigation is the second part of the study of offshore navigation.  It further develops the student’s skills and understanding of celestial theory.  The student is introduced to additional sight reduction techniques for bodies other than the sun.  The student develops greater skill and precision in sight taking, positioning and the orderly methods of carrying on the day’s work of a navigator at sea.Of particular interest and importance is the navigation software (included) that is explained and used for planning and navigating in the offshore environment.  Offshore navigation using minimal data and/or equipment, such as when on a disabled vessel or lifeboat, is also covered.

Classes are Tuesdays, September 8th, 19:00 – 21:00 HRS (7 – 9:00PM) for approximately 14 weeks.