Canadian Power &
Sail Squadrons (CPS) is a nationwide
organization of boating enthusiasts. Their aim is
to increase boating safety and enjoyment by
providing instruction in all phases of seamanship
and navigation, both power and sail.
It is a charitable,
membership-type organization, incorporated under
the Companies Act of Canada. Except for a small,
paid staff - all teaching and administrative work
is done by volunteers. CPS is non-governmental,
non-regulatory and non-military. It is not
restricted to boat owners, nor owners of large
yachts. Purely and simply, it is a dedicated group
interested in increasing safety and pleasure on
the waterways, through education
Power and Sail Squadron was formed in 1959 as a part of Vancouver Island
District of the Canadian Power and Sail Squadrons. In 1996 it became part of the
newly formed Vancouver Island North District
which consists of ten squadrons from the Malahat to Port Hardy and Powell
River. Geographically the Squadron serves an area from Mill Bay, B.C. to Crofton, B.C.
including the Duncan area, Cobble Hill, Shawnigan Lake and Lake Cowichan. Membership of the
Squadron is approximately 205 members.
The Squadron Bridge meets on the second
Wednesday of the month at the Maple Bay Yacht Club. The election of the new
Bridge is held at our Annual General Meeting on the fourth Wednesday of April.
Those Squadron members who have served on committees or as instructors or
proctors are awarded Merit Marks at this time for their efforts. All members are encouraged to participate at the Bridge Meetings which start at
In keeping with
the Canadian Power and Sail Squadron's purpose of "Training the Recreational
Boater", Boating Courses are offered at the Cowichan Exhibition Park,
Duncan and the
Shawnigan Lake Community
Centre. Various Advanced and Elective Courses are offered depending on the
In an effort to encourage sustaining membership and serve those members
who are not interested in additional courses an active social program is
offered. Fall and Spring Graduations and a Christmas Dinner
Dance are held by our Social Committee. Our Cruise Master organizes Rendezvous in the summer to foster comradeship. Special Members Nights are held to
cover timely topics of interest to boaters. Further information on these events
can be found in our publication the "Sea Breeze", elsewhere on this
site, or by contacting the Cruise Master or Social Convener.
The Squadron is run
by its members and their volunteer efforts. We never have enough volunteers and
can always find a job for you. Don't wait to be contacted, pick up the phone and
call the Commander or Training Officer and contribute your efforts to our
Successfully completing our Boating Basics course or the
Pleasure Craft Operator Card test
allows you to apply to join Canadian Power and Sail Squadrons as a full Member.
You can also complete our Boating Essentials course.
Passing that exam also allows qualifies you for membership.
Family members must also have
successfully completed the appropriate exam to
be awarded membership rights. A Boating course graduate under the age
of 18 is granted an Associate Membership and pays no dues.