About Our Squadron
(Map courtesy of Ken W. Watson)
Britannia–Rideau Squadron(BRS), serving Ottawa-Carleton for 50+ years, is a non profit, educational organization dedicated to making boating safer and more enjoyable by teaching classes in seamanship, navigation and related subjects. Our members are boating families who contribute to their communities by promoting safe boating through education. We enjoy participating with our fellow members on the water and in the classroom.
Britannia–Rideau Squadron / Rideau District is a unit of the Canadian Power and Sail Squadrons (CPS-ECP) - Escadrilles canadiennes de plaisance. It is a Canada-wide organization offering boating safety courses, including power and sail navigation courses as well as Transport Canada accredited boating courses, leading to the Pleasure Craft Operator Card (PCOC). CPS-ECP also offers VHF Marine Radio courses leading to the Restricted Operator Certificate, ROC(M). See our Training Program for further information.
Britannia Power and Sail Squadron, since its beginning in 1964, has provided courses in boating and navigation for more than 7,000 students. The Squadron is run by member volunteers who handle the administration, organize social functions and teach and proctor courses.
The Squadron takes its name from Britannia Bay, the historic boating centre at the eastern end of Lac Deschenes.
From an initial 17 in 1964, Squadron membership now totals over 200. One half of Squadron members have their boats on Lac Deschenes, mainly at the Britannia Yacht and Nepean Sailing Clubs. The other half locate their boats mainly on the Rideau system, Lake Ontario and the St. Lawrence. About two thirds are sail and one third power. Cottagers are also an important source of members.
In 2011, the Britannia Power and Sail Squadron expanded its service area to absorb the area once served by the former Rideau Lakes Squadron, and through a motion put forward by the Bridge at the May 2011 Annual General Meeting, endorsed in June by the CPS-ECP Governing Board, the Britannia–Rideau Squadron was born. While the service area has increased, the desire to share and encourage safe boating remains the same throughout the entire region. The Britannia–Rideau Squadron is committed to safer boating through education for all who pass through our waterways.
Figure 1. Britannia Squadron’s original pennant.
In April of 1975, just over ten years since the Squadron was granted a charter, the Chief Commander, on the recommendation of the National Flag and Etiquette Committee, approved the design of a pennant for the Britannia Power Squadron. The designer of this pennant was James Craig, JN. It was 12 inches (hoist) by 17 inches (fly) with a navy blue background featuring a stylized “B” in white at the hoist. A red maple leaf adopted from the CPS-ECP Flag is displayed in the middle of the remaining field. See Figure 1.
Figure 2. Britannia-Rideau Squadron’s pennant.
In 2011 the former Rideau Lakes Squadron surrendered its charter and many of its members joined Britannia Squadron. To recognize these new members and the area they represent the Squadron changed its name to Britannia-Rideau Power and Sail Squadron and the process to modify our pennant to reflect this change also began. The Rideau Lakes Squadron used the Crab on their pennant representing the Rideau Canal system. The crab symbol was integrated into the Britannia-Rideau Squadron’s pennant in white moving the red maple leaf to towards the point while retaining the stylized “B” at the hoist. See Figure 2.
At a Special General Meeting 16th November 2011 the Squadron approved our current pennant design. Final approval to fly this version of the Squadron’s Pennant was obtained from the National Secretary on January 10, 2012.
Figure 3. Britannia-Rideau Squadron’s 50th year pennant.
Then on November 1, 2014 the Chief Commander, Joe Gatfield, JN presented the Squadron with a new pennant including a gold bar in recognition of the Squadron's 50th Anniversary
Members are welcome to purchase a Squadron Pennant from the Supply Officer. The price is $20.00, the size is 8” x 13”, the graphics are printed (to keep the price reasonable), and the material is polyester (for longer life and fade resistance).