Canadian Power and Sail Squadrons

Canadian Power and Sail Squadrons

May 01, 2013 08:00 ET

Canadian Power and Sail Squadrons 75th Anniversary Flag Relay

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - May 1, 2013) -

Editors Note: There is a photo associated with this press release.

CPS-ECP is recognized as the largest organization of its kind in the world, the foremost educational boating authority in Canada. Graduates of the CPS-ECP Boating Course fly the CPS Flag on their vessels in recognition of their achievement and membership.

In 1938, three members of the Windsor Yacht Club crossed the Ambassador Bridge into Detroit, Michigan. Under the direction of the Detroit Power Squadron, Fred Dane, George Ruel, and G. William Bowman passed the United States Power Squadron's Junior Piloting Course. They soon formed the first Squadron in Canada, Windsor Power Squadron, with G. William Bowman as its first Commander. He later became the first Chief Commander of Canadian Power Squadrons, the organization that later became known as Canadian Power and Sail Squadrons/Les Escadrilles canadiennes de plaisance, or CPS-ECP, with over 26,000 members in 155 squadrons across Canada.

CPS-ECP's mandate is to increase awareness and knowledge of safe boating by educating and training members and the general public, by fostering fellowship among members, and by establishing partnerships and alliances with organizations and agencies interested in boating. To this end, many local law enforcement agencies and municipal authorities consult CPS-ECP on matters of training and navigational hazards. Training has been given by CPS-ECP's members across Canada to such organizations as the Boy Scouts, Sea Cadets, and law enforcement agencies, to name but a few. Whenever requested, our members are available to teach, lecture, or advise on boating safety.

Since 1938, CPS-ECP has taught 850,000 plus boaters from coast to coast. To celebrate this milestone, CPS-ECP has organized a Flag Relay. Two CPS-ECP Flags will make their way from Windsor, Ontario to travel east and west across Canada making stops at each Squadron from coast to coast. To symbolize how CPS-ECP has touched every major waterway in the country, dipping ceremonies are planned, occurring in Windsor, Ontario on May 5th, 2013, the Atlantic Ocean in St, John's, Newfoundland on October 12th, 2013 and the Pacific Ocean in Sooke, British Columbia on October 11th, 2013.

With planned participation of various levels of government officials, the celebrations will culminate at the CPS-ECP National Conference in Toronto October 2013.

Track the flags and check out our history, awards, and events as we mark the occasion by visiting our website at

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Contact Information

  • Canadian Power and Sail Squadrons /
    Escadrilles canadiennes de plaisance
    Walter Kowalchuk, Executive Director
    (416) 293-2438 or 1-888-CPS-BOAT (277-2628)
    (416) 293-2445 (FAX)

    Canadian Power and Sail Squadrons /
    Escadrilles canadiennes de plaisance
    National Headquarters
    26 Golden Gate Court
    Toronto, Ontario
    Canada M1P 3A5