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
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.
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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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:
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.