CPS, CYA Partner To Offer PCOC Courses


Canadian Power and Sail Squadrons (CPS) and the Canadian Yachting Association (CYA) have announced a new partnership in early August that will grant CYA, in conjunction with the provincial associations and its qualified affiliated instructors, permission to offer the Pleasure Craft Operator Card (PCOC) classroom education using the CPS Boating Basics Transport Canada-approved manual and related materials.
 
Combined, these two national organizations provide a comprehensive portfolio of practical and classroom courses for pleasure craft operators on sailing, boat safety and handling, seamanship, navigation, marine weather, communications and electronic navigation through their networks of certified instructors.
 
Since 2006, CPS and CYA have also had an agreement allowing CYA to offer the Maritime Radio Course Training and Testing for Industry Canada’s Maritime Radio Operator’s Certificates – ROC(M). CPS has been the sole manager of that program under a letter of authority from the Federal Minister since October 2002.
 
“CPS is proud to partner with CYA, to deliver training and testing in these two areas of safety for recreational boating,” comments CPS Executive Director Alain Brière. “This new agreement will raise the profile of the need for proper certification and also the ability for recreational boaters to obtain their PCOC.”
 
The Transport Canada approved Boating Basics Course is offered by CPS through its Squadrons and Registered Providers across Canada as a stand alone course or as part of the CPS Boating Course, both leading to obtaining a PCOC. The new agreement with CYA enhances this program and will reach more boaters in need of a PCOC and more advanced boating skills.