The boating course is offered for those who don’t feel confident enough to drive a 29′ cruiser. It is offered for 3 hours in the evening between 6:00 and 9:00pm Monday through Thursday or a mutually convenient time for both the renter and the Captain. The course price is equal to a two day day rental price plus a course fee. Ottawa area transportation and launch charges are waived however the service service charges do apply. Fuel is not included in the price and must be replenished by the renter. The course involves concentrated driving practice. At the end of the course a student who has some boating experience should have full confidence to drive a cruiser. Students who do not achieve the desired level of confidence may require another booking for more practice.
The subject matter covered by the course is:
These are the 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. If the boat is already in the water covering these checks is still applicable.
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 practiced.
The procedure of anchoring for a safe stay will be practiced for the different roles of the Captain and Crew.
One 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.