Gulf Islands Cruising School Ltd.
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At Gulf Islands Cruising School Ltd., we work to help people realize
their full potential for the boating lifestyle. We provide professional Boating, Sailing and
Navigation courses and share our knowledge of boating and the Gulf Islands
Hands on Learn To courses in sail and power offer the opportunity to learn new skills
such as docking, anchoring, crew overboard drill, and live aboard skills.
Home-study Coastal Navigation program, which leads to Canadian
Yachting Association certification teaches the skills to be comfortable on the water.
IN THIS ISSUE
1. Boating News
By Bruce Stott
Since 2002 anyone operating a powered
recreational boat less than 4 metres (including personal watercraft) must carry proof of competency. The
Pleasure Craft Operator Card or PCOC provides proof of competency. A Canadian Yachting Association (CYA)
Basic course completed prior to April 1, 1999 with Logbook would be acceptable proof. Instead of carrying a
CYA Logbook, a wallet sized card is available for a nominal fee. Photo ID is required along with the
For non-residents of Canada without a recognized
Competency Card operating foreign boats there is a 45 day grace period.
A Competency Card is not required to charter or
rent a boat over 4 metres. However, if there is a powered dinghy with the boat a Card or a completed Boat
Rental Checklist is required. By 2009 any person operating any powered recreational boat must have proof of
competency. We are authorized course providers for the PCOC and can conduct the
For Frequently Asked Questions regarding the PCOC
check Transport Canada’s site at http://www.tc.gc.ca/BoatingSafety/oc-faq.htm
For full text of the regulations visit
Competency of Operators of Pleasure Craft
The above Regulations apply to Recreational
Vessels. If operating a boat for business purposes, (non-pleasure boat) by 2007 certificates for Marine
Emergency Duties A3 will be required. Bruce Stott is a Transport Canada accredited Instructor for both these
courses. Please contact me for details.
Contact us at 250 656-2628 or Toll-Free
P.O. Box 2532 Sidney BC V8L 4B9
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