The Leader in Safe Boating Education!

The minimum legal requirement to operate a boat in B.C. is the Pleasure Craft Operator Card (PCOC). The PCOC will get you out on the water, the Brentwood Bay Power & Sail Squadron CPS Boating Course will provide you the skills to ensure you get home safely.

Did you know? The Canadian Coast Guard responded to over 1800 marine distress calls last year in local waters......and 326 of these were "Imminent Distress" calls, meaning potential for immediate danger to the vessel and/or occupants existed.

Don't let you or your family become a marine statistic - sign up for the CPS Boating Course now!

Why Brentwood Bay Squadron?

Excellent Instructors and Proctors:

The Brentwood Bay Squadron Boating Course graduates average top marks of 96%. Each student works with an experienced boating course graduate to proctor you through the course ensuring your success.

Training Awards:

Three time recipient of the Westover Shield Award for highest marks obtained. Recipient of the Boat Armour Trophy for the highest number of new Boating Course students.

Hands on Education:

The Brentwood Bay Squadron offers you practical hands on experience including:

- fire extinguisher practice on live fires

- student boat cruise to practice charting skills

- tour of Canadian Hydrographic Services

- tour of Canadian Coast Guard Station


With over 240 members and growing, the Brentwood Bay Squadron is one of the largest on Vancouver Island and offers you exciting Squadron events planned throughout the year.


Completion of the CPS Boating Course entitles you to join CPS.


With your annual CPS membership you will also receive:

- 1 year free subscription to Canadian Boating magazine

- CPS Group Insurance; boaters save 15-40%

- CPS discounts with Delta Hotels, Choice Hotels, National Car Rentals

Testimonials: Read what students have to say: Marie, Rick


Contact: Registrars Officer


To register download our registration form and mail it to us or confirm your registration by email to Registration and bring your completed registration form and payment to the first class.

All courses are held at Claremont Senior Secondary School,

4980 Wesley Road, Cordova Bay





Boating Basics: Boating #1  $95.00


Jan 8th - Jan 22nd  2020

Wednesdays, 7pm to 10pm

The Approved Boating Basics Handbook and the seminar prepares you for the Pleasure Craft Operator Card (PCOC) exam. The best of the PCOC seminar available, this highly acclaimed seminar was one of the first to be accredited by the Canadian Coast Guard.


Crossing the border? CPS is a provider of safe boating courses approved by both Transport Canada and the U.S. National Association of State Boating Law Administrators.




Combined Boating #2: Beyond the PCOC and Boating #3 Introduction to Navigation: $300.00


Jan 29 - April 22, 2019

Wednesdays, 7pm to 10pm

We as a Squadron have decided to combine the Boating 2 & 3 into one course with the exams at the end. Doing it this way, we do not have to give up any of our value added portions of the course that we offer.

By combing the courses, we are able to offer the Student Cruise which is a day of training on the water.

Tour of the Canadian Hydrographic facilities

Fire Extinguisher demonstration and practice

Plus all the material from both the: Boating #2 Beyond the PCOC and Boating #3 Introduction to Navigation

It is recommended that students have obtained their Pleasure Craft Operator Card (PCOC), but it is not mandatory.

The PCOC makes sure you have immediate navigation and safety skills but it’s just the beginning of what you should know when you get on a boat.  In the second of the CPS-ECP Boating Series, you are introduced to the art of navigation, anchoring, ropes, lines and knots.

Course content: Global positioning and charts, the Magnetic Compass, Navigation, Conning, Electronic Navigation, Handling a boat under power, Ropes, lines and Knots, Anchors and Anchoring, Weather, Tides and Currents, and Collision Regulations/Rules of the Road

Boating 3: Introduction to Navigation
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.
What the skipper should be doing when under way.
Handling a boat under sail.
Environmental responsibilities.
Electrical hazards


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Maritime Radio Course:   $110.00  

April 21 & 22, 2020
7pm to 10pm

To operate a maritime radio, you need the certificate. It is the law! The Maritime Radio course teaches emergency radio procedures, as well as 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, (DSC/GMDSS). 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.

Register online with CPS-ECP.

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NEW!  First Aid: $160.00

Courses February 8 - 28, 2020

To register download our registration form and mail it to us or confirm your registration by email to Registration and bring your completed registration form and payment to the first class.

This is a comprehensive course offering first aid and cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) skills for those who need training due to work requirements, or who want more knowledge to respond to emergencies at home.   The latest first aid and CPR guidelines are incuded.  This course meets federal and a variety of provincial/territorial regulations for Standard First Aid and CPR.

Course details: 16 hour course; 100% attendance/participation required; 3 year certification upon completion.
Includes certification in SFA and CPR Level A, C, or HCP and AED

Student WEFA Manual and Red Cross First Aid and CPR Manuals are provided.

You will learn:

  • Preparing to Respond
  • Airway, Breathing and Circulation Emergencies, including CPR with AED
  • First aid for respiratory and cardiac arrest
  • Wound care
  • Head and Spine Management
  • Sudden Medical Conditions
  • Bone Muscle and Joint Injuries
  • Environmental Emergencies
  • Poisons
  • Any other content required by specific legislation


 Electronic Navigation: $130.00


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This course will help you to become familiar with the many features and capabilities of this device. Use it to find out where you are, determine how to steer to your destination and predict when you will arrive among its many features. Learn about handheld and fixed GPS and Chartplotters. Course material includes the manual and a CD with a GPS simulator. GPS is a technological marvel that lets boaters to determine their location virtually anywhere in the world with a high degree of accuracy. 

Learn about the different kinds of electronic charting, how they were developed, their advantages and disadvantages, and how to use them in a practical manner. Get the latest information about connecting your GPS to a laptop, desktop, PDA or tablet computer, and the use of navigational programs for computers. You get practical knowledge by using an electronic charting program that is included on the accompanying CD with over 200 electronic charts.




Radar for Pleasurecraft: $80.00

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This course covers the different types of RADAR equipment, their capabilities and limitations. Understand the available features and how they apply to your needs. Learn to navigate using RADAR, and to determ  ine where you are.




NEW!  Seamanship: $175.00

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The Seamanship Course is an advanced level course through which you will develop and extend the navigation and vessel-handling techniques introduced in the Boating or Boating Essentials Course.

Traditional navigation, GPS fixes and Way Points are studied, along with the introduction of Deviation. You will learn how to interpret charts; apply the DR plot; use bearings, fixes, running fixes; and apply plotting and labeling in both True and Magnetic. Students will apply these navigation skills in three homework cruises and in the take-home cruise examination.

Seamanship also explains the skills needed to understand the hazards of weather, wind, waves, tides and tidal currents, and how to deal with them. Since unforeseen circumstances can arise at sea, the Seamanship Course addresses potentially such life-threatening situations as crew-overboard and medical emergencies. And, of course, you will “learn the ropes” - from knots, hitches and bends, to splices.






Dynamic Class Environment Our Instructors Our Proctors    



Len Burton

Dave Jackson

Candace Winter

Peter Simpson

Al Helmersen

John Maycock

Barrie Gilbertson

Etienne Rocheleau

Neil Murphy

Craig Lessels

Ken Carpenter

Barry Hack

Roland Rocheleau

Rod Phillips

Dave Condron

Lesley Head



Penny Carpenter

Ken Carpenter

Wendy Bannister

Len Burton

Rolland Rocheleau

Brad Swinton

Kim Tenhunen

Len Fallan

Rod Phillips

Dawna Burton