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By the time you have almost finished your basic Boating Course, you will probably be much more aware that this course barely touches the surface of things you need to know in order to operate a vessel safely. Canadian Power and Sail Squadrons (CPS) provide several courses dedicated to safe boating; this one is only the beginning.
Before you graduate, we would like you to think about how you came to get this course, and to consider becoming a member of CPS. Why would you want to join the Power and Sail Squadron? Here are some things to think about.
Have you enjoyed the course? Have you learned something worthwhile from the course? Do you think these courses should continue? Who provided this course?
Members of the Power and Sail Squadron are volunteers who, like you, took a Boating Course, and then decided to give something back to the organization that made the course possible.
Membership allows you to take advanced courses that are not available to non-members, as well as elective courses. Many students find that the basic Boating Course whets their appetite for increased learning and knowledge.
Members can return to future Boating Courses as Proctors to help other students and to strengthen their own knowledge.
Members receive the Saanich Peninsula Squadron's publication THE BEACON as well as the CPS supplement, The Port Hole, in bi-monthly issues of Canadian Yachting. Keep informed of events relating to boating, both locally and at the national level.
While the object of the organization is to teach safe boating, there is also a social aspect to CPS: we have our Annual General Meeting, an annual Christmas Dinner, two graduation ceremonies/social evenings each year, and a program of cruises in the summer season.
Members enjoy the camaraderie of others who share a passion for boating.
Members are part of the premier recreational boating organization in Canada, with a vocation to promote safe boating and a strong advisory voice with federal and provincial governments.
Members belong to a coast-to-coast organization and are welcome guests at any of the 142 Squadrons in 18 Districts across our land (currently there are about 20,000 members across Canada). That also extends to USPS, where you'll be equally welcomed. And should you decide to move, membership can be transferred to another Squadron.
Members receive a certificate, suitable for framing. Endorsements form a permanent record of advanced and elective courses completed.
Fly the prestigious Canadian Power and Sail Squadron flag and you are instantly recognized as part of a small group of boaters who have had some formal training.
Other benefits as organized by CPS National Headquarters (in Scarborough, Ontario) are shown below.
Members are invited to participate in Squadron affairs by serving as Proctors, Instructors and Lecturers, or by taking a Bridge position or in a multitude of other opportunities. Hone your skills and discover some you didn't know you had. You do it strictly for the pleasure of it. Remember, it's in the giving that we receive.
Cost of Membership
The fee for a new Regular member is currently $51 for the year. Renewals in subsequent years are $51. If your spouse/mate is also eligible and joins, the fee for a new Family member is half that of Regular members. A CPS flag will be given to all who join the Squadron at the Graduation ceremony.
Please consider membership seriously. If you have any questions, contact the Membership Officer, at Membership/a>.
If you decide to take out membership, talk to us following the writing of the Boating Course exam. We look forward to seeing you at that time.
If you have completed the CPS Boating Basics Course and want to join the Saanich Peninsula Squadron, contact our Membership Officer, at Membership.
If you have not completed the CPS Boating Basics Course and are interested in membership, you must first complete this course. Look at our offerings under Boating Courses. Contact our Training Officer, at Training for registration information.
CPS Members' Boat Insurance Program...Save up to 40%
15% discount off the non-member rate
2.5% additional discount for each of any three other courses successfully completed
2.5% additional discount for achieving a Complete Certificate
5% discount for an automatic extinguishing system
10% discount for having any four of the following: LORAN, GPS, SatNav, RADAR, Depth Sounder, Theft Prevention System, VHF Radio and Fire Detector
No deductible on total losses
Extended navigation territory available
Chartering privileges available, if you've attained the grade of "AP"
Towing expense coverage available
Hull coverage provided on an Agreed Value Basis with no depreciation on partial losses (policy conditions apply)
Available through an Agent or Broker of your choice or call Cowan Dalton Insurance 1-800-268-2628
Speedy Club Membership
Save 15% on all Speedy Muffler King services (cannot be combined with other offers)
Save up to 40% on Michelin/BF Goodrich tires
Save an extra 5% on any Speedy promotional deal
Take up to three months to pay for your Speedy purchases (OAC) at no extra cost
Show your CPS Membership Card at any of the 155 Speedy stores in Canada
Receive "Canadian Yachting "
A value of $20 for the bi-monthly magazine
Contains the CPS publication, "The Port Hole"
Half-Price Membership with BOAT/US
Access to BOAT/US catalogue merchandise discounts
Eligible to receive many other benefits and services
Call 1-888-CPS-BOAT for brochure and enrolment form.
CPS/Choice Hotels Program...special room rates
Phone ahead to 1-800-424-6423. Always phone, even if it's from the lobby, to access the special partnership rate. Quote our client ID number C-00088301. Sleep, Quality, Comfort, and Clarion are all part of the Choice Hotels group, with 228 Canadian properties and over 4,100 world-wide.
Always check for week-end specials and over 50's rates, in addition to our partnership benefit.
Join the Choice Club, for an annual $10 fee, and many more benefits open up to you.
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