Boat Safety Reminder

The first long weekend of the season, May 19-21, 2012 is a popular time for boaters to be on lake or ocean water.  Ensure your boat has the required safety gear before heading out on the water.

Here is a “Five F” memory aid for checking your safety gear:

Fire – fire extinguishers, do you have the correct number and have
they been serviced within the last year? Continue reading

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Where Is Sidney BC And How Do I Get There?

Where is Sidney, B.C.?
Sidney is located on Vancouver Island approximately 45 minutes north of Victoria which is the capital city of B.C. 

How do I arrive at Sidney, B.C.?
The Victoria International Airport as well as the BC Ferry and Anacortes Ferry Terminals are within fifteen minutes drive.

Sidney serves as a starting point for a cruise in the Canadian Gulf Islands.  Sidney Spit Marine Park is only three miles away and many sheltered harbors are within a day’s sail.

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One week Cruise Itinerary from Sidney BC

First day – the quaint settlement of Fulford Harbour on Saltspring Island or anchor at Portland Island.

Second day – Bedwell Harbour on South Pender Island.  If you are lucky the Dall Porpoises Continue reading

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First Mate E-Book

An important position on a boat is the First Mate.  A few of the tips you will learn in First Mate 101 are:

This book is so much more than how to be a First Mate:

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VHF Radio Operator Course

Many clients have been obtaining their VHF Operator’s Certificate.

One question often asked is “When is a VHF Operator’s Certificate required?”

Here is the answer:

Anyone operating a fixed or portable marine radio aboard a boat is required by law to have a Restricted Operator’s Certificate (Maritime).

Note: Operating a VHF radio without an operator’s certificate may result in a fine.

Anyone may use the VHF radio in an emergency, however, if you are not certified, will you know the correct procedures?

A ship station license is not required if you are only boating in Canadian waters.  When boating in foreign waters such as the USA, a ship station license is required.  You can obtain a ship station license from Industry Canada.

A Ship Station License is also known as a Mobile Station License.

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