Gabriola Power & Sail Squadron Turns 20.

Don Butt

Gabriola Power and Sail Squadron

Tuesday, September 8 2015

The Gabriola Island Power and Sail Squadron approaches its 20th year of existence in instructing safe boating, vessel handling and navigation. The number of people who have taken Squadron courses during these nearly 20 years exceeds 500. This includes seasoned fishermen, wives and husbands of skippers, schoolchildren, kayakers, people with big boats, small boats, and no boats but thinking about it. 

There are 166 Squadrons in Canada with 4000 seasoned boaters volunteering their time.

Seven of the charter members of the Squadron (L-R) Richard DeLissa, John Hall, Steve Wohlleben, D’Arcy Boulton, Hugh Sproule, Oliver Woolcock, and Mike Hoeinghaus. Photo courtesy Don Butt

Membership is over 23,000 Canada-wide. There are at least 15 volunteers who regularly work in the Gabriola Squadron. But members also have a good time, with social events throughout the year.

Last June the squadron had a celebration of sorts. Seven of the original charter members were present at the annual meeting, and Hugh Sproule, who was a main player in the formation of the Squadron reminisced about “old times”. 

Courses are ongoing, and fall Boating and marine radio are currently being offered – information and details about registering are at the Squadron website:

Looking ahead, the squadron volunteers are anticipating many years of instructing in safety on the water, providing confidence in operating a boat, and as such, making it all fun.