Upcoming Courses

Our 2018-19 course planning is underway but not finalized. Here is what is in the works

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Sailing Sailing

Do you want to learn more about sailing?  Do you want to improve your sailing skills and your understanding of how sails work?

This Sailing Course covers the practical and theoretical basics of sailing and sailing seamanship. The range of topics is broad: from a description of different sailboat rigs, sail plans, hull types, and rigging to stability, balance, and the physics of sailing; from sailing at different points of sail to handling heavy weather and storm conditions; from spinnaker handling to reefing; from leaving the dock to mooring and anchoring.  It also covers sailing safety, navigation rules, and sailing tactics.

Whether you are a new sailor or you are an experienced sailor and want to increase your sailing knowledge and skills, this course is for you.

See course table of contents.

Boating 3 – Introduction to Marine Navigation


Course Start Date End Date Link
Boating 3 – Introduction to Marine Navigation
  • January 15, 2019
February 22, 2019


The third course in our series explores navigation further as you learn how to plot and label on paper charts as well as what the skipper should be doing before setting out and when under way, handling a boat under sail as well as your environmental responsibilities and electrical hazards,. This course also has a number of optional topics that will be taught depending on your interests; these include tides and currents, canals and locks, and collision regulations.

Suggested Prerequisite: Boating 2: Beyond the PCOC

5-6 weeks one evening per week

See course table of contents



Introduction to Weather Introduction to Weather for Recreational Boaters

Winds, waves, fog, lightning, hail, tornadoes …. hurricanes! The wise boater respects and anticipates mother nature’s many moods. Beyond “red sky in the morning”, this course provides boaters with the tools to find and accurately interpret weather reports and forecasts, and to develop keen judgments in “reading” the sky and sea for optimum boating safety in and around Canadian waters. Newly developed for adult learners, this course will measure learning success not by closed-book, memory-work exams, but by practical, open-book applications of learned concepts to actual boating situations.


1. The Atmosphere, Temperature, Heat
2. Wind, Pressure, Waves
3. Water, Humidity, Fog, Precipitation
4. Stability, Clouds
5. Thunderstorms and Tornadoes
6. Mid-Latitude Weather and Storms
7. Overview of Special Topics: e.g. hurricanes


  • VHF Radio Course

  • Price: $125
    Wednesday, April 4, 7-10 pm Class #1
    Wednesday, April 11, 7-10 pm Class #2
    Wednesday, April 18, 7-10 pm Review & Exam

    Cost is $125 and a second family member is half price when student materials are shared.

    Dave Gamblin, Senior Navigator, is back to deliver what you need to make full use of your VHF and pass the Federal government’s Restricted Operator Certificate which is given on the 3rd night.

    According to marine experts, a VHF is the first thing you should buy for your boat. These are either hand-held or fixed-mount and their potential importance for communications cannot be over stressed.

    The Maritime Radio course teaches emergency radio procedures and everyday operating techniques. Learn all about the uses of marine radios, choice of frequencies, operation, phonetic alphabet, procedural words and phrases, as well as Digital Selective Calling and the Global Maritime Distress and Safety System,

    All mariners, including recreational boaters, will want to take advantage of the many features and capabilities of this innovative form “automatic” radio. Secure your lifeline. Be sure that you and your family take the Maritime Radio course.

    This course will prepare you for the Restricted Operator Certificate (Maritime) with DSC Endorsement exam which is given on the 3rd evening of the course. To operate a maritime radio, you need the certificate. It’s the law!

  • 1 Day Marine Diesel Seminar

    Saturday, April 28, 2018 at 9 AM – 4 PM
    Saturday, April 28 9am-4pm.
    Coffee Ready Upon Your Arrival
    Price: Members $50,  Non-Member $100 based on availabilityLocation To Be DeterminedTo register contact Dino Kubik
    dinokubik@gmail.comA seminar like this does not come along every day.

    Here is your seminar outline

    1) Preparation before Hauling out for storage.
    a. Oil & Filter, Transmission ​
    b. Fuel System, Filters & Tank

    2) Putting engine to bed?
    a. Cooling System, Flushing ​
    i. Raw water type or Direct Cooling
    ii. Running Antifreeze through engine

    b. Direct Cooling Engines (freshwater)
    i. Check raw water side of heat exchanger
    ii. Test strength of antifreeze on fresh water side​
    iii. Running antifreeze through engine ​​

    c. Preparing outside of engine
    i. Paint or coat with rust preventative oil

    3) Batteries
    a. Terminals ​
    b. Charging ​

    4) Boat Winterizing
    a. Fresh water systems ​
    b. Domestic hot water heater​
    c. Head & holding tank​
    d. Bilge​

    5) Engine Maintenance
    a. Valve clearance
    b. Adjusting on engine
    c. Checking zinc anodes
    d. Raw water pump & impellors
    e. Belts & adjustments

    6) Lube Oil
    a. Types and Grades​
    a. Fuel Oil ​
    b. Bio-diesel & Ethanol

    7) Transmissions
    a) Oils, levels & changing
    b) Alignment –​

    8) Propeller, Shaft, Cutlass Bearings, & Shaft Zinc’s

    9) Fuel Systems
    a. Fuel Filters
    a. Types & Functions​
    b. Element Micron rating
    b. Bleeding of fuel system​
    c. Fuel Tank
    a. Cleaning​
    b. Fuel Additives

    10) Injectors
    a) Removing for servicing​
    b) Rebuilding
    i) Stairs Diesel Supply (NS) Ltd
    12 Waddell Avenue
    Nova Scotia
    c) Reinstalling

    11) Governors
    a) Function​
    b) Adjustment​

    12) Intake and Exhaust System
    a) Combustion air​​
    b) Ventilation​
    c) Back Pressure​
    d) Water lock (muffler) hoses​

    13) Engine Controls
    a) Alarm system​
    b) Throttle & Shift cables, adjustment​

    14) Marine Transmissions​

    15) Engine Performance & Trouble shooting
    a. Starting​ ​
    b. Performance​
    c. Operation​
    d. Servicing intervals​

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