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If you have arrived here and would like to take a course please follow this link to our registration site and go to the section for online courses and complete the relevant form.   If you are interested in the Maritime Radio Course then go to the Self Study Section




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Welcome to Electronic Navigation 2021

A navigator can rely on electronics to safely reach their destination if they know the equipment and how to use it.

The electronic navigation industry, including regulations, the Canadian Hydrographic Services (CHS) delivery of data and services, equipment and programs is changing. This course is titled Electronic Navigation 2021 because all information is current as of the course publication date. The course will be reviewed and updated on an ongoing basis, as new information becomes available.

Boaters also need to maintain current knowledge of changes in the industry on a regular basis after competing this course.

CPS- ECP does not recommend any one company’s equipment or programs. There has been an effort made to use different companies’ equipment and programs as examples throughout this course.

Previous online self-study course offerings have shown adult learners prefer a condensed format, with review questions, and activities to learn from a hands-on approach. This course has been designed to provide that. All notes, power point, and activities are displayed in PDF format for ease of access for all students.

Course Overview

Section 1: How GPS works – Satellites & Limits of Accuracy
Section 2: Types of GPS & Additional Equipment
Section 3: Charts
Section 4: GPS Functions & Set Up
Section 5: Setting Waypoints and Routes
Section 6:
 At the Dock & Editing Routes

Please note: This course uses the metric system. Brackets are used if statute equivalents in feet or statute miles are shown. The conversion to feet will be rounded off. For example, 1.852 m (6 ft) rather than 1.852 m (6.0761154 feet).  

The term miles is used to refer to nautical miles throughout the course.

Key features of this course:

You have access to the following:

·        Section Notes

·        Section Power Point highlighting key factors in the Section Notes

·        Hands-on activities in Sections 3 - 6

·        Supplementary Videos

·        Review Questions for each Section

Please do not hesitate to contact your Course Contact with any questions you have!


The third course in our series explores navigation further as you learn how to plot and label on paper charts as well as what the skipper should be doing before setting out and when under way, handling a boat under sail as well as your environmental responsibilities and electrical hazards. This course also has a number of optional topics that will be taught depending on your interests; these include tides and currents, canals and locks, and collision regulations.

The Maritime Radio course teaches emergency radio procedures and everyday operating techniques. Learn all about the uses of marine radios, choice of frequencies, operation, phonetic alphabet, procedural words and phrases, as well as Digital Selective Calling and the Global Maritime Distress and Safety System, (DSC/GMDSS). All mariners, including recreational boaters, will want to take advantage of the many features and capabilities of this innovative form “automatic” radio. Secure your lifeline. Be sure that you and your family take the Maritime Radio course. This complete package will prepare you for the Restricted Operator Certificate (Maritime) with DSC Endorsement exam which is included as part of this courses. To operate a maritime radio, you need the certificate. It's the law!

Exam only

Online Exam Availability

Winds, waves, fog, lightning, hail, tornadoes .... hurricanes! The wise boater respects and anticipates mother nature’s many moods. Beyond “red sky in the morning”, this course provides boaters with the tools to find and accurately interpret weather reports and forecasts, and to develop keen judgments in “reading” the sky and sea for optimum boating safety in and around Canadian waters. Newly developed for adult learners, this course will measure learning success not by closed-book, memory-work exams, but by practical, open-book applications of learned concepts to actual boating situations.

Navigation principles for near-shore recreational boating (Advanced Piloting)

This module takes you through the steps required to become a local Tutor.   Your squadron will receive financial benefit each time you do this.

Welcome to Electronic Navigation 2021

A navigator can rely on electronics to safely reach their destination if they know the equipment and how to use it.

The electronic navigation industry, including regulations, the Canadian Hydrographic Services (CHS) delivery of data and services, equipment and programs is changing. This course is titled Electronic Navigation 2021 because all information is current as of the course publication date. The course will be reviewed and updated on an ongoing basis, as new information becomes available.

Boaters also need to maintain current knowledge of changes in the industry on a regular basis after competing this course.

CPS- ECP does not recommend any one company’s equipment or programs. There has been an effort made to use different companies’ equipment and programs as examples throughout this course.

Previous online self-study course offerings have shown adult learners prefer a condensed format, with review questions, and activities to learn from a hands-on approach. This course has been designed to provide that. All notes, power point, and activities are displayed in PDF format for ease of access for all students.

Course Overview

Section 1: How GPS works – Satellites & Limits of Accuracy
Section 2: Types of GPS & Additional Equipment
Section 3: Charts
Section 4: GPS Functions & Set Up
Section 5: Setting Waypoints and Routes
Section 6:
 At the Dock & Editing Routes

Please note: This course uses the metric system. Brackets are used if statute equivalents in feet or statute miles are shown. The conversion to feet will be rounded off. For example, 1.852 m (6 ft) rather than 1.852 m (6.0761154 feet).  

The term miles is used to refer to nautical miles throughout the course.

Key features of this course:

You have access to the following:

·        Section Notes

·        Section Power Point highlighting key factors in the Section Notes

·        Hands-on activities in Sections 3 - 6

·        Supplementary Videos

·        Review Questions for each Section

Please do not hesitate to contact your Course Contact with any questions you have!