Overview of Powerboat Programs

The Powerboat Programs at Canadian Sailing are designed to equip new and aspiring powerboat operators with the knowledge and skills necessary for safe and efficient vessel operation in various environments.

These programs, which are delivered by Certified Instructors at clubs and schools across Canada, cover a range of topics and skills needed for powerboating. Each program standard outlines the specific training and certification requirements.

Boating Introduction

The programs offer an introduction to novice boaters, emphasizing safe practices during the departure, while underway, and upon returning to the dock.

This introductory standard is applicable to both sailing vessels and powerboats, with a focus on vessels under 12 meters in length. The program is designed to instill fundamental safety knowledge and practices for boaters.

It includes the following levels:

  • Basic Outboard Standard – To safely operate a craft up to 6 meters in length powered by an outboard engine under 55 kW (75 hp) in familiar waters.
  • Basic Powerboat Standard – To safely operate a craft over 6 meters in length powered by an engine over 55 kW (75 hp) in local waters.
  • Intermediate Powerboat Standard – To safely operate a powerboat between 9 to 12 meters in length with inboard engine(s) during daylight hours and in moderate wind and sea conditions.

These programs are designed to equip participants with the necessary skills and knowledge to operate powerboats safely and effectively in different scenarios and conditions.

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