Fraser Squadron

Serving Delta, Tsawwassen, Ladner and Richmond

One Day VHF


In 2014 Fraser Sqaudron has moved to a one day Marine VHF course that has proven wildly popular.


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The first class was held at Britannia ship yards on January 25th. While more than twenty people registered only eighteen were able to attend on the day of the course. Everbody passed.


The next two classes were scheduled for April 12th and April 26th. Both courses were filled and a waiting list was setup for the next available class.


The one day Marine VHF course is a comprehensive and practical course focusing on all aspects of maritime radio procedures complete with simulated practice calls. Included is information on the VHF-DSC feature found on most new VHF radios. Industry Canada's Restricted Radiotelephone Operator's Certificate Exam is written at the end of the class. On successful completion, students receive a restricted Marine Operators Certificate.


THe course is delivered in two parts: VHF material is covered in the morning session and the DCS features are covered in the afternoon session. Boaters that already have the VHF maritime certificate but wish to obtain the DCS endorsement can opt to attend only the afternoon session.


For more information or to reserve a position in the next class please contact the squadron Training Officer by e-mail or phone (604) 786-5678.

2014 VHF Class

IMAG1220-447On Saturday January 25, 2014, Fraser Squadron tried a new approach to the Marine VHF course.

Rather than the typical three evening course, instructor Byron Buie decided to try a one day format. The course started at 8:30AM and finished just after 3:00PM with a break for lunch. The one day course format was such a success that it will be used for future VHF courses. The only problem with the one day format is that instructor Byron Buie found his voice started to go.

The course was held at the Britannia Maritime museum in the "Chinese bunkhouse". Originally there were twenty-two students registered, but for various reasons, flu etc..., only eighteen were able to attend the course. All students graduated with very good marks and will be receiving their permanent ROC(M) certificates in the mail shortly.

In addition to the theory of radio operation, students are given the opportunity to practice radio calling situations using VHF equipment that has been specially modified for use in a classroom environment.

We would like to thank Donnie Buie & Cindy Arbeau for their help as they did a great job with the registration and getting coffee etc and just looking after the students (and Byron). Paul and Kathleen Vanderwood (Squadron Training officer) dropped in to pick up the registration forms, and this gave them an opportunity to talk to the students. Cindy provided us with photos of the class and some shots of the surrounding outdoors, taken during the recess for lunch.

Chinese Speaking Contact

For information about boating courses in Chinese please contact Jack Tang by phoning
(604) 767-5887 or by This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .


Fraser Squadron would like to thank the Ladner Yacth Club for the use of their building for training and meetings.


Your generosity and support play an important role in turning our community into better, safer boaters.


Again - Thank You!

High School Credits

The BC Ministry recognizes for credit the Canadian Power Squadron Piloting Course for 2 credits at the Grade 11 level. If a student has the Seamanship course plus 50 hours of verified marine field experience, it is worth 4 credits at the Grade 11 level.


This information can be found in the "Course Information" booklet, Chapter 2, located on the Ministry of Education's website.


For more information, please contact Kathleen Edge, Co-ordinator responsible for External Credentials, at 250-356-9386.