Canadian Power and Sail Squadrons (CPS) is a nationwide association of boating enthusiasts dedicated to improving boating safety through training.
CPS had its beginnings in 1938 when it was founded as Canadian Power Squadrons and organized along the same lines as the United States Power Squadrons. In 2013, the organization will celebrate its 75th Anniversary.
Through its 75 years of operation, CPS has continued to grow and expand. It is now recognized as the largest organization of its kind in any country in the world on a per capita basis, and is accepted as this country’s foremost training authority in boating matters. CPS currently has a membership of 26,000 and over the years, more than 500,000 concerned boaters—men, women, and children—have successfully completed the CPS Boating Course.
CPS is a non-profit organization and its administrative and training activities (instructing, proctoring, organizing the classes, drafting the courses, etc.) are conducted by CPS members as unpaid volunteers. Each year, CPS members teach a variety of courses to over 12,000 members of the general public across Canada. Many yacht clubs, recreational boating organizations, youth groups, local law enforcement agencies, and provincial and municipal authorities regularly request courses from CPS.
As part of the CPS 75th Anniversary activities, a series of boating safety articles from CPS will be published in The National beginning next month. If you are interested in knowing more about CPS or taking a boating course, please visit their website at www.cps-ecp.ca or call 416-293-2438.
by Walter Kowalchuck