There are 3 portions within our marine training course, individual course descriptions are as follows:
Small Vessel Operator Proficiency – SVOP (4 days)
SVOP (Small Vessel Operator Proficiency) is a marine training requirement. The SVOP is appropriate to operate vessels 5 Tonnes or less, for passenger boats (less than 12 passengers – sport-fishing, crew boats, whale-watching, water taxi) for Cargo vessels and for Commercial Fishing vessels less than 15 Tonnes. Regulations are set to change, so please stay tuned to this website for updates. The SVOP is valid for voyages less than 25 nautical miles from shore.
SVOP training involves becoming familiar with navigation, vessel construction and stability, collision avoidance and navigation safety, ropework, anchoring and vessel maneuvering, Canada Shipping Act, pollution prevention regulation, geography and chart construction, electronic navigation (radar and chart plotter), meteorology, tides and currents and much more.
Marine Emergency Duties - MEDA3 (1 day)
Marine Emergency Duties A3 is a one day class concerned with EMERGENCIES on ships such as firefighting, distress signals, man overboard, abandon ship and cold water shock/hypothermia. Marine Emergency Duties A3 is a one day MED course required for crew on small vessels 5 ton or less (passenger and work boat) or 15 ton for commercial fishing, operating no more than 25 nautical Miles offshore.
Restricted Operator Certficate Maritime - ROC-M (1 day)
Restricted Operator Course Maritime (MarineVHF radio… ROC-M) is required for all boats using DSC (Digital Selective Calling) VHF radios within 25 miles of shore. As long as you do not operate further out, or your vessel is licensed to go no more than 25 nautical Miles offshore, an ROC-M course (one day) course will usually suffice.
If you’re boat has a marine VHF radio, you are required to hold a marine radio certification (ROCM minimum).