Reduce your risk, Increase your confidence on the water

West Coast Powerboat Handling since 1994.




Minimum 26 hour course, taught over 4 days, usually Tuesday to Friday following the MED A3 course.

2020 Course Dates

 $685 + GST


January 28 - 31







 For courses in Sidney $585 + GST.  Parallel rules and dividers provided for the chartwork section.

If you have 8 or more students, please contact us and we will do our best to schedule a course for you at your location.

Hey Jimmy just wanted to thank you for getting me into the SVOP course this
week, Bruce is a extremely knowledgeable instructor and covered all the
material very well in a way that was easy to understand. Just wanted to say


Thomas P.
Transport Canada approved SVOP is required for most small commercial vessels (November 2009). You need to be 18 years of age to be in charge of a vessel with your SVOP certificate.

The Small Vessel Operator Proficiency (SVOP) course has been designed to instruct owners and operators of small Non-Pleasure vessels on the proper safety and operating procedures as required by Canadian law. SVOP crewboat

Topics covered will include, but not limited to:

  • terminology, 
  • vessel type recognition, 
  • general seamanship, 
  • Collision Regulations, 
  • stability, 
  • safety, 
  • marine weather, 
  • navigation, 
  • vessel operation, 
  • emergency procedures, 
  • search and rescue, 
  • environmental responsibilites. 

This course meets the requirements of a stand-alone course that addresses the particular need for minimum training of operators of commercial vessels, other than tugs and fishing vessels,

  • up to 5 gross tonnage engaged on a near coastal, class 2 or a sheltered waters voyage,  
  • and for fishing vessels up to 15 gross tonnage or 12 meters overall length engaged on a near coastal, class 2 (including an inland voyage on Lake Superior or Lake Huron)  
  • or a sheltered waters voyage. 
First, I would Like to say thank you again for the great teaching and for sharing all your knowledge about Marine Safety, Regulations and experiences in Operating various different vessels. I can not believe how much I learned in just one week, so much more still to learn. Thank you
Suzie S

If you will need the Maritime Radio course, this can be done at the same time

To determine if this training applies to you, contact Transport Canada, Marine Safety.

See Transport Canada TP14692

Note a MED A1, A2, or MED A3 certificate is a pre-requisite.

* For Small Vessel Operator Proficiency course dates, rates and any further information, contact Bruce Stott at 250-656-2628 or


Approved Course Provider for:

Transport Canada

Industry Canada

Sail Canada

United Steelworkers(IWA) Canada

Work Safe BC (WCB)

Proud member of the Canadian Marine Advisory Council (CMAC)