The boating course is offered to those who have boating experience but don't feel confident enough to drive a 29' cruiser. The course format combines learning with a fun filled day of boating and picnic on the Rideau. Two students, one acting as captain the other acting as crew, are trained by the Captain. The day involves cruising, docking, passing through the locks, anchoring, fishing, swimming and food management. The course price is a day rental plus the captain, the course fee, the transportation and the service charge. Fuel is not included in the price and must be replenished by the renter. At the end of the course a student who has some boating experience should have full confidence to drive and manage a cruiser for extended vacations.
The subject matter covered by the course is:
This covers pre launch safety checks performed before launching the boat from the trailer. Any items that don't pass the check must be fixed before the boat can be launched. Once the boat is in the water, operation plus fuel and people safety is covered.
This is the procedure to launch the boat from the trailer. Training for the launch procedure may not be necessary if the student will not get involved with boats on trailers in the future.
Docking procedures are one of the most important aspects to learn on a big boat. Big boats differ substantially than small ones because their body and canvas are sensitive to the wind making them like a boat with a sail that is out of control. Docking will be practiced to perfection by both Captain and crew.
Leaving the Dock
Leaving the dock is a procedure that involves both captain and crew working together to get the boat to head out for the cruise. It involves untying the boat and picking up the crew and heading out depending on the wind direction.
Rules of the Road
Boats have driving rules in the water channels similar to driving rules for cars in the street. These rules will be covered and trained for on the water.
Express cruisers have hull designs that enable them to ride on top of the water when enough speed is applied. The procedure of going from displacement to plane will be practiced.
Persons may accidentally fall overboard into the water. The procedure to retrieve a person will be explained.
The procedure of anchoring for a safe stay will be practiced for the different roles of the Captain and Crew.
Coolers, fridge, micro wave, toaster, coffee maker, BBQ, marine toilet and waste disposal management and usage will be explained.
When one wants to leave after a stay on anchor there are steps to follow to get off anchor. These steps will be practiced by Captain and crew.
Loading on Trailer
Once done boating the boat may be loaded on its trailer to return to its land storage. The procedure will be practiced at the end of the course if the student expects to be involved with boats on trailers in the future.