Skippers/boats needed for the upcoming Student Cruise
For approximately twenty years Burnaby Power and Sail squadron members have volunteered their time, experience, and vessels, providing the fall/spring boating class graduates with an opportunity to do on the water navigational exercises.
Many of the students have limited or no experience on the water in a small boat. On the water they will learn to identify real navigational aids, experience the effect of changes in weather, tides and currents, operational characteristics of different vessels, as well as hear radio chatter. The students have charted this cruise as part of their course work so they will bring their own materials including a chart of Indian Arm and a squadron hand held compass.
The details of the student cruise are as follows:
Skippers, students, proctors, helpers and guests meet at Reed Point Marina on Saturday, April 12, 2014 at 0930 hours (rain or shine). All students prior to boarding must sign liability waivers.
Two to five students with proctors are assigned to a boat depending on the passenger capability of the vessel. A designated student will give the skipper compass headings to steer throughout the cruise. The skipper will maintain 6 kts GPS for the duration of the approximately 1 ½ hour cruise. There are two lat/long waypoints the students must submit at the end of the cruise to judge their degree of accuracy in navigation.
The cruise starts at Reed Point marina, then up the west side of Indian Arm crossing to the east side north of the Twin Islands and ending in Bedwell Bay at the Vancouver Water Ski Club. Squadron volunteers provide lunch, waypoints are judged and a man over board demonstration is given. Students are encouraged to talk and tour the skipper’s vessels. The boats return to Reed Point normally finishing between 1400-1500 hours.
This year we anticipate approximately 15-20 students, 5-6 proctors and 8-14 boats will participate. In the past, vessel sizes have ranged from 20-50 feet. The vessels must have a table for students to fill out their logs and do chart work.
If you are able to volunteer your boat for this very important cruise please contact me at:
or telephone 778 230-8386
Student Cruise Boat Coordinator