Reduce your risk, Increase your confidence on the water

West Coast Powerboat Handling since 1994.


Powerboat Courses

crewboat SVOPWest Coast Powerboat Handling provides instruction in the proper and safe methods of handling powerboats.

West Coast Powerboat Handling is unique due to the fact Jimmy Watt developed the SAFER Crewboat Operator course in 1994 for the Forest Industry.    

In 1998, Transport Canada started discussions regarding Operator Proficiency for Small Non-pleasure Vessel Operators Jimmy was summoned to Ottawa by Transport Canada, Marine Safety where he presented his course material to Transport Canada, laying down the foundation for the SVOP course. 

In April 2016, Jimmy decided to retire.  The business was purchased by Fran and Bruce Stott and now operates under Gulf Islands Cruising School Ltd.  Bruce continues in the role of Chief Instructor.  We wish Jimmy well in his retirement.

Note CDN's no longer required

Our Instructor is Transport Canada Marine Safety accredited.  Our powerboat courses are held at your location or Sidney BC. 


My team and I would like to thank you and of course Bruce Stott for an excellent SVOP and Med(A3)course. It was so wonderful to be able to do the course in our workplace with our research boat team all together and that you were able to patiently facilitate that for us.

Bruce is such an amazing ( and entertaining !) instructor with his wealth of knowledge and also his passion and talent for sharing his deep knowledge and expertise of the mariners world on this coast. We very, very much appreciated the help and professionalism of West Coast Powerboat Handling on our journey towards being qualified and capable to handle our new research boat.

Many thanks !

Audrey D.

Our clients include Search and Rescue Organizations, Forestry and Logging Companies, Pipeline Companies, Water Taxis, Whale Watching, Sport Fishing, Government Agencies, Research Organizations and many others.

Since October 1996, we have instructed more than 6,500 Operators, from Norman Wells, in the Canadian Northwest Territories, to Patagonia Argentina, and from Quatsino Sound, British Columbia to Hamilton, Ontario.

A Transport Canada Recognized Institution for
SDV-BS and SVOP courses.

Recognized Examiner for

Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada
and CPS-ECP. 

Sail Canada - Senior Powerboat & Senior Cruising Instructor Evaluator and Member School.