Events And Courses


All courses will run if sufficient students register. Please register at to help assure your course choice will be available.

Boating 3 – Introduction to Marine Navigation

Date: 21st Feb 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
February 14 – March 7 2019

See course table of contents.

Maritime Radio (ROC (M))

Date: 23rd Feb 2019

9:00am to 5:00pm

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, (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.

This complete package with CD, and the new Digital Selective Calling, will prepare you for the Restricted Operator Certificate (Maritime) with DSC Endorsement exam. To operate a maritime radio, you need the certificate. It’s the law!

See course table of contents.

Saturday, February 23, 2019 – 9:00am to 5:00pm
Saturday, April 6, 2019 – 9:00am to 5:00pm

Electronic Marine Navigation

Date: 28th Feb 2019

Date: TBD

This course will allow the pleasure craft operator to navigate safely knowing his exact location at all times. You will learn to navigate using GPS and paper charts as well as electronic charting devices. It includes a CD containing a number of charts and a full scale simulator of a chart plotter to help you learn by doing. Join with others to share experiences and knowledge.

See course table of contents.

Automatic Identification System (AIS) Explained

Date: 28th Feb 2019

Date: TBD

The AIS System is very valuable to boaters on the Great Lakes because of the frequency of commercial shipping. This seminar will explain how AIS works the equipment needed on board and how best to interpret the results on your boat.

Boating 1 – Boating Basics - PCOC

Date: 3rd Mar 2019

9:00am to 5:00pm

Get your Pleasure Craft Operator Card

All operators of motorized pleasure craft are required to show proof of operator competency. All you need to know for the Transport Canada test is presented in an easy to read format that is both informative and entertaining. You can be confident that this study guide meets all the standards established by Transport Canada’s Office of Boating Safety.

As an extra benefit, if you pass the test offered by Canadian Power and Sail Squadrons, your Card is recognized by BOTH Transport Canada and The National Association of State Boating Law Administrators (USA). You may contact Canadian Power and Sail Squadrons to locate a testing facility in your area.

Sunday, March 3, 2019 – 9:00am to 5:00pm

Boat and Engine Maintenance

Date: 19th Mar 2019

Date: March 19th – April 23rd, 2019

Keep the water on the other side of the wall! From spark plugs to bottom paint, this course covers all the basics for “do it yourself” boaters.

This course will equip you with the knowledge required to prevent onboard problems, carry out specialized tasks and tackle both short-term troubleshooting as well as long-term boat care. It features practical information and handy tips suitable for both new and existing boat owners. The dream of owning, maintaining and using your own boat without great expense can be achieved through the completion of the Boat & Engine Maintenance Course.

See course table of contents.

J. P.Wiser's Tour and Dinner

Date: 30th Mar 2019

Dinner will take place at a restaurant to be determined. Followed by The J. P. Wiser’s Experience.

Change of Watch - Annual General Meeting of WPSS

Date: 16th Apr 2019

7:00 pm

Installation of the new Bridge.

Western Ontario District - AGM

Date: 4th May 2019

All Day Event

Date: May 4th and 5th

Change of Watch for Western Ontario District.

Boating Safety for Paddle Sports

Date: 9th May 2019

6:00 pm

This Seminar will review the navigational aids rules and regulations for boating and an overview of weather on the Great Lakes.

Western Ontario District - Rendezvous

Date: 21st Jun 2019

All Day Event

Date: June 21st – June 23rd 2019

More information on the courses and their locations can be found at

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For over 80 years, the Windsor Power and Sail Squadron (WPSS) has been involved locally, regionally and nationally in providing leadership in education and the promotion of the ideas of the Canadian Power and Sail Squadrons (CPS-ECP).

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