Our chief instructor, Blair Smith, will be offering a full slate of 2 hour courses starting Wednesday, April 6th.
Courses will be every Wednesday from 7 pm to 9 pm at the Church House. The last course on June 1st on Anchoring is slated at a dock TBA.
All courses are free to AMIB members or
$10 per course for non-members.
The $10 can be put towards membership in AMIB although you do not have to become a member.
Just show up at the door. No pre-registration required.
AMIB membership costs $10 individual, $20 family for 2022.
2022 Spring Boating Courses
April 6 - The Season Starts
7-9 pm at the Church House
Time to look over the gear you are legally required to carry and make sure it's all up to snuff.
This evening will be a Show and Tell to help you get compliant.
April 13 - Navigation Basics
Do you know what your GPS/chartplotter is doing? What if it just won't work? Learn about charts and how to use them, along with a few basic tools, to move safely around the Gulf Islands.
April 20 - VHF Radio Refresher
It's been a few months since you've heard "Securite" or spoken on the VHF. We will run through basic radio protocols and usage and practice a bit.
Note - This is not the official course to get your operator's certificate.
Note - there is a 2 week break here
May 11 - Tides
The rise and fall of the Salish Sea can make passages change from peaceful to fretful. It can also mean you may wake up on an angle in that quiet Pirates Cove. Learn how to predict when you can "float your boat".
May 18 - Currents
The horizontal movement of the Salish Sea can change your day from an easy paddle to a marathon workout. Careful use of currents can save dollars at the fuel dock. Learn how to work "with" rather than "against" the current.
May 25 - Weather Forecasts
Basic weather terms and causes will be presented and then an examination of the VHF weather loop will help you better use their information. What is a warning anyway?
June 1 - Anchoring
A "Show and Tell" of anchoring equipment and numerous techniques. Hopefully an actual on-the-water evening with a stern tying demonstration thrown in for laughs. Location to be announced later.
The Annual Spring AMIB Picnic at Dinner Bay Park is back!
We are having our picnic on June 11th, 2022 - the park has been booked!
This annual event, which was postponed the last 2 years is open to AMIB members only and is free.
A full spread of hamburgers and the fixings, beverage and dessert is complimentary, courtesy of AMIB.
Newcomers to AMIB are more than welcome to attend and sign up for membership at the picnic.
Annual membership fees are $10 individual, $20 family.
To view our picnics from past years click on the Social Events tab at the top of this page.
Join AMIB, one of Mayne Island's active and friendly organizations!
We are continuing to receive new memberships and renewals. Please use the online 2022 Membership Application on this website.
What do we do? Boater Education - Improve Docks and Ramps - Social Activities
DOCKS and RAMPS
AMIB's #1 Priority: Maintenance and Improvement of Mayne Island's docks and ramps
Photos of the Anson Road parking lot taken May 9, 2022 - now we just need the dock!
Following is a copy of an email sent by the AMIB Executive to the Islands Trust 2050 project on April 7, 2022:
To: Trust Council
cc: Jeanine Dodds
In response to The Islands Trust policy statement review, The Association
Of Mayne Island Boaters would like the following proposal to be included in
the Public Comments of the 2050 Islands Trust policy statement.
As the executive of the Mayne Island Boating Association (AMIB), we are
writing on behalf of our members. Our club was formed 20 years ago to
advocate for marine facilities on Mayne Island and over the years our
membership count has ranged between 250 and 300 members. In addition to
maintaining our Islands public dock and ramp facilities we hold boating
related recreation activities and are active in providing free boating
courses to our membership.
We would like to offer suggestions towards the development of the Islands
Trust 2050 operating plan and we note that the official community plans on
some Islands include provisions towards the needs of boaters. As with any
Island, Mayne has an actively growing boating community in need of either
private, community or commercial marine infrastructure. Facilities in the
Gulf Islands cover a broad range of mix between public and private docks.
Pender Island as an example has few private docks compared to Mayne’s 101
private docks, while Pender has approximately 10 times the public moorage
Docks accessible to non-water front property owners provide significant
value to our Island community while acting to minimize the impact of
boating on our environment. Many of our communities’ boaters are seniors,
access to a boat on a mooring poses far more risk of injury or drowning
than at a dock.
Public docks can serve to improve our Islands transportation
infrastructure as well as act as a point of emergency egress. Community or
Commercial docks provide an efficient use of the dock’s footprint, as a
single ramp and walkway serves multiple boats. A boat having technical
problems at a dock is far more likely to be noticed and the problem
resolved, potentially before sinking. As a result, the risk of damage to
the marine environment is minimized.
For reference, the only difference between a community (public) dock and a
commercial marina is the ownership, both meet the same environmental and
use conditions, neither need market fuel or hazardous goods. It is worth
noting that both community and commercial docks create employment in their
maintenance and day to day operation.
In closing we would like to ask that the trust recognize the important role
publicly accessible docks serve in our Island communities and provide clear
support for their inclusion in your 2050 planning. We welcome any questions
you may have on this request and would be happy to share our experience in
For the Association of Mayne Island Boaters
Chris Redsell email: email@example.com
Carl Bunnin email: firstname.lastname@example.org