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The Parry Sound Power and Sail Squadron will be sponsoring a VHF instruction course April 23rd and 30th. This two evening course starting at 7:00 PM at the Parry Sound High School will lead to a Restricted Operators Certificate (Marine), ROC(M) upon successful completion of the exam on the second evening. This will permit you to legally use a VHF radio when on the water.

There are lots of good reasons for having a VHF radio, it’s much more likely to get you a quick response with help from fellow boaters. A cell phone can only reach the Coast Guard and your local onshore emergency response teams. They can take quite a bit of time to come to your assistance.

I will be taking the course for all of these reasons. Stuff happens, and it’s good to know that there are people who will come to your aid if they know you need help. The water gets big on the Sound and in the Bay.

The course costs $75 with a reduced rate for active Canadian Power and Sail Squadron members. More information can be found at ParrySoundBoating.ca. Call John Mason at 705/342-1315 to register or for more information.