AMIB Courses for 2018
Online Registration Form is at bottom of this page.
The dates for the following courses are now set. Please contact Bryan Westby, firstname.lastname@example.org or 250-539-3412, if you wish to attend them.
All courses are at the Church House (360 Georgina Pt. Rd.) from 7-9 pm.
As usual, courses are free to AMIB members except for Radio.
Non-members can become members for $10 (single) or $20 (family).
To register for courses, scroll down for the online registration form.
Course Descriptions and Dates for 2018
Boat Safety Equipment – One evening – January 11.
Make sure you have the necessary safety equipment aboard your boat so you can avoid those large fines. Covers flares, radios, fire extinguishers, etc.
Reading charts – One evening – January 18.
Charts describe not only where the water is but also the characteristics of the waterway and seabed. They show the shape of the coast, location of islands and hazards, navigation markers, warnings of hazards, the height of bridges and other obstructions, and offer much more additional information.
Understanding the weather forecast – One evening – January 25.
This course gives a description of weather on BC’s coast particularly the Spring and Fall challenges that Mother Nature throws at us. This includes a familiarization with weather systems and terminology, an understanding of Marine weather forecasts and describes where to obtain good weather information at home and on the water.
Introduction to Electronic Navigation – One evening – February 8.
How to use a chart plotter, depth sounder and radar.
Knots – One evening – February 15.
There are 8 essential knots that boaters should know. Learn how to tie them and WHY.
Preparing for the boating season –One evening – February 22.
Getting your sailboat or power boat ready for the season – motors, plumbing, canvas, etc.
Tides and Currents – Two evenings – March 1, 8.
A sound understanding of tides and currents is the most important aspect of boating, especially kayaking, in the Gulf Islands. This course gives boaters the confidence to enjoy a safe and efficient passage wherever they are cruising or kayaking.
Radio course – Three evenings – March 21, 22, 23. Please register and pay by March 1.
This course will prepare you for the Restricted Operator Certificate (Maritime) with DSC Endorsement exam. Cost is $100. Lifetime certificate issued upon successful completion. Test at end. To operate a maritime radio, you need the certificate. It's the law! This is a Canadian Power Squadron course and requires a serious commitment. Course limited to 6-12 participants.
Forum on Local Waters – One evening – March 29.
Ferries, Tugs and Tows, Deadheads – all those things that are not on the chart. This will be a forum with 4-6 local Island experts discussing a certain locale that they are familiar with, around Mayne Island, followed by question-and-answer sessions. Handouts will be given out.
Radio Refresher Course – One evening – April 5.
A review of the most common and essential radio communication situations. Practical examples will be stressed, like calling for a berth at a marina.
Preparing to go to Desolation Sound – One evening – April 12.
Getting ready to head north and what to expect when you get there. Covers provisioning tips, weather, marinas, anchorages.
Crossing the border (in both directions) – One evening – April 19.
How to prep for a trip to the US and returning to Canada– regulations, customs, anchorages, concerns.
Anchoring and stern tying – Two evenings – June 21, 22.
Learn how to stern tie your boat to the shore in a congested anchorage, which types of anchors to purchase, where to anchor and how to set the anchor, and which knots are best to use for different situations.