Wear Your Life Jacket to Work Day

Wear Your Life Jacket to Work Day

In support of Wear Your Life Jacket to Work Day (May 20) Canadian Power and Sail Squadrons (CPS-ECP) members and staff are encouraged to wear their life jackets to work. As the first long weekend of the summer approaches CPS-ECP would like to remind boaters to be safe on our waterways. Wearing your life jacket is one of the … Continue reading

Wear It !

Wear It !

“It happened so quickly. One minute you’re having the most fun of your life, the next minute you’re struggling for your life.” That was Dave Kimpinski’s comment after nearly drowning in a boating accident. Dave and his young son, Curtis, were pulling Dave’s niece Amanda on an inflatable tube with their small outboard powered boat. … Continue reading

Take a Boating Skills Course

Take a Boating Skills Course

Many years ago, a law was passed in Canada requiring that operators of powered recreational boats have a basic level of boating knowledge. Providers developed courses and tests and a proof of competency “card” was issued to those who successfully completed the test. Called the Pleasure Craft Operator’s Card or PCOC, it is a first step … Continue reading

Chilling Facts of Cold Water

Chilling Facts of Cold Water

Hypothermia. Say it out loud and it’s an unpleasant sounding word. But it has a simple meaning. It’s when the core of your body drops to abnormally low body temperatures and if it goes too low and for too long eventually your heart can stop. Many Canadian boaters are aware of hypothermia but most are … Continue reading

Be Prepared

Be Prepared

It’s a beautiful day; the sun is shining and you’ve just launched your boat for the start of another season on the water. And the thoughts of that tough winter just past are quickly forgotten. Everyone’s on board, excited about the day ahead, so off you go. The day unfolds as you had hoped it … Continue reading

If you Drink, Don’t Drive

If you Drink, Don’t Drive

When the Canadian Safe Boating Council speaks to Canadian boaters each year about the dangers of drinking and boating, there is no gentle way to do it. The motto on the road is “if you drink, don’t drive”. It’s the same on the water. And so are the laws. First and foremost, a boat is … Continue reading

CPS-ECP Member, Instructor and Partner Win CASBA Awards

CPS-ECP Member, Instructor and Partner Win CASBA Awards

The Canadian Safe Boating Awards or “CASBAs” represent the best of what’s happening on and around the recreational waters across this country. On January 10th, the Canadian Safe Boating Council hosted the annual CASBA gala evening in recognition of those who have distinguished themselves in the fields of boating safety and environmental stewardship during the … Continue reading

Tips for installing a GPS on your boat

Tips for installing a GPS on your boat

The most critical part of a GPS installation is the antenna. It should be installed where it can get a clear view of the sky and not be in the shadow of obstructions. The antenna should be in an area where it will be minimally affected by multi-pathing; that is receiving unwanted reflected signals from … Continue reading

Changes in Applying for a Pleasure Craft License

Changes in Applying for a Pleasure Craft License

By John Gullick, Manager of Government and Special Programmes There are Changes in Applying for a Pleasure Craft License This just came through my e-mail on Friday July 17, 2015. Since I am always getting questions about Pleasure Craft Licensing I thought that I should get this new information out to you as soon as … Continue reading