SMALL VESSEL OPERATOR PROFICIENCY
Minimum 26 hour course, taught over 4 days, usually
Tuesday to Friday following the MED A3 course.
2020 Course Dates
$685 + GST
For courses in Sidney $585 + GST. Parallel rules and dividers provided for the chartwork
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.
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
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
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
Topics covered will include, but not limited to:
- vessel type recognition,
- general seamanship,
- Collision Regulations,
- marine weather,
- 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
- 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
- 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
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
For Small Vessel Operator Proficiency course dates, rates
and any further information, contact Bruce Stott at 250-656-2628 or