Upcoming AMIB Boating Courses

All courses are at the Church House (360 Georgina Pt. Rd.) from 7 - 9 pm. As usual, courses are free to Association of Mayne Island Boaters (AMIB) members except for Radio. Non-members can become members for $10 (single) or $20 (family). Please contact Bryan Westby, bcwestby@shaw.ca or (250) 539-3412, if you wish to attend them.

March 1 & 8 (Two evenings): Tides and Currents. 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.

March 21, 22 & 23 (Three evenings): Radio course. Please register and pay by March 1. 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.

March 29: Forum on Local Waters. 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.

April 5: Radio Refresher Course. A review of the most common and essential radio communication situations. Practical examples will be stressed, like calling for a berth at a marina.

April 12: Preparing to go to Desolation Sound. Getting ready to head north and what to expect when you get there. Covers provisioning tips, weather, marinas, anchorages.

April 19: Crossing the border (in both directions). How to prep for a trip to the US and returning to Canada– regulations, customs, anchorages, concerns.

June 21 & 22 (Two evenings): Anchoring and stern tying. 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.

For further information please contact Bryan Westby bcwestby@shaw.ca.

posted March 2018

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