Originally Posted by killarney_sailor
The PCOP is a joke and just gives the impression of certification ... and provides some income for those who sell them at boat shows. .
I agree.. hence the statement "not particularly qualifying".. but it's at least a start. For most Canadian cruising grounds I think full on Yachtmaster/Oceanic certification would be overkill, but I'd like to see the CPSS basic course the minimum rather than the $60 quickie course/test.
I think we'd see far fewer boats stranded on sandbars or rocks immediately adjacent to the buoy that told you to go the other side.
The other failing of this system is, at least in Vancouver, the 16 foot rental runabouts where all you need is a credit card, and they put the renter (often foreign visitors) through an even more abbreviated checklist before sending them on their way. We frequently find them totally lost, or out of fuel, or both.