APPLAUSE: Teachers calm course waters

NANAIMO – Canadian Power and Sail Squadron students amazed at local volunteers.

To the Editor,

Thank you to all the many volunteers (which included our teachers, lecturers, skippers, proctors and helpers associated with the Canadian Power and Sail Squadron) who worked so diligently over a period of 13 weeks to offer such a comprehensive boating course.

The final exam was held April 11 and the graduation ceremony, with certificates, takes place May 7 at the Nanaimo Yacht Club.

It is truly amazing how much enthusiasm, effort and input was displayed by the local volunteers of the CPS each and every week.

The course was much more than we ever imagined, complete with field study (knot practice and hand- held bearing practice) at Maffeo Sutton Park.  In addition, a host of volunteers took about 30 students out on their own boats, on their own time and money to allow us to experience navigation through Dodd Narrows, Ruxton Passage and False Narrows. It was absolutely incredible how many captains and proctors volunteered to take us CPS students on the cruise.

Last but not least, we also went to Beban Pool where we practised important survival techniques.

Once again, a huge thank you to all the volunteers. Their hard work – always with so much helpfulness and friendliness – is truly appreciated. It was a superb learning experience.

We can highly recommend it to anyone out there who wishes to enjoy safe boating. You will find some of us volunteering in one of the future courses and paying it forward.

CPS Class

of Spring 2013