Possible AMIB Courses for Next Year

The following courses will be offered this year, starting in January, by the Mayne Island Boater's Association if enough interest is shown. Please respond by November 30 so a schedule can be set up. Courses will be spread out from January to the summer. Contact Bryan Westby by email at bcwestby@shaw.ca or phone (250) 539-3412.

1. Radio course – Two evenings – This course will prepare you for the Restricted Operator Certificate (Maritime) with DSC Endorsement exam. Cost is $100. Lifetime certificate issued upon successful completion. Test at end. To operate a maritime radio, you need the certificate. It's the law! This is a Canadian Power Squadron course and requires a serious commitment. Course limited to 6-12 participants.

2. Boat Safety Equipment – One evening – Make sure you have the necessary safety equipment aboard your boat so you can avoid those large fines. Covers flares, radios, fire extinguishers, etc.

3. Forum on Local Waters – Two evenings – Ferries, Tugs and Tows, Deadheads – all those things that are not on the chart. This will be a forum with 4 - 6 local Island experts discussing a certain locale that they are familiar with, around Mayne Island, followed by question-and-answer sessions. Handouts will be given out.

4. Reading charts – Two evenings – Charts describe not only where the water is but also the characteristics of the waterway and seabed. They show the shape of the coast, location of islands and hazards, navigation markers, warnings of hazards, the height of bridges and other obstructions, and offer much more additional information.

5. Introduction to Electronic Navigation – Two evenings – How to use a chart plotter, depth sounder and radar.

6. Tides and Currents – Two evenings – A sound understanding of tides and currents is the most important aspect of boating, especially kayaking, in the Gulf Islands. This course gives boaters the confidence to enjoy a safe and efficient passage wherever they are cruising or kayaking.

7. Understanding the weather forecast – Two evenings – This course gives a description of weather on BC’s coast particularly the Spring and Fall challenges that Mother Nature throws at us. This includes a familiarization with weather systems and terminology, an understanding of Marine weather forecasts and describes where to obtain good weather information at home and on the water.

8. Anchoring and stern tying – Two evenings – Learn how to stern tie your boat to the shore in a congested anchorage, which types of anchors to purchase, where to anchor and how to set the anchor, and which knots are best to use for different situations.

9. Crossing the border – One evening – How to prep for a trip to the US – regulations, customs, anchorages, concerns.

10. Preparing to go to Desolation Sound – One evening – Getting ready to head north and what to expect when you get there. Covers provisioning tips, weather, marinas, anchorages.

11. Winterizing and De-Winterizing your Boat – Looking after your boat at the end and beginning of the season – motors, plumbing, canvas, etc.

posted November 2017

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