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Note: Prices quoted are subject to change. Shipping & G.S.T. extra. Cash, Internet Transfers, VISA/Master-card accepted! Payment for the course is required on booking. Receipts are provided for tax purposes. Any date changes or cancellations must be made 7 days prior to course. No refunds for No-Shows. Partial refunds are given at the discretion of the owner in special situations only.


Training may be offered at several locations in Victoria  Sidney and starting in fall 2020 in Qualicum Beach .  Our office location is #5-2075 Henry Ave. West Sidney, V8L 1T2. Please call to ensure that the office is open. Classes are held at the same location.


We offer  SVOP, ROC-M and SDV-BS formerly MED A 3 courses for any location in Canada. Travel and accommodations are extra and are billed and arranged at time of booking. 

On-the-water training is done at any location, your boat! 

  SDV-BS , Small Domestic Vessel Basic Safety,  Formerly MED A-3

This course provides basic safety training for crew-members on:

  • Fishing vessels not more than 15 GT.
  • Small passenger vessels (up to 12 passengers), work boats, sport fishing charters.
  • All other Small commercial vessels not more than 15 GT, including passenger vessels, with un-berthed accommodation only, but not including ferries, on Home Trade IV and Minor Waters voyages.

This is an 8-hour course, Formerly known as the MED -A 3,  done in one day. The exam is a simple 25 question multiple choice. You receive your certification upon successful completion. CDN#s are no longer a Mandatory requirement of Transport Canada. You may however apply for one on line. Otherwise please go to your local TC office with your passport, or birth certificate and your drivers license.( No charge).

PRICE: $250.00 per person (includes books), (GST extra).

COURSE DATES:   Classes for 2020:  All classes on on Fridays except for November 2020.       March 20, April 17, May 15, June 12, July 3, August 21, September 18, October 16, November 9 (Monday) and December 11.

Extra classes will be inserted when requested. Private and extra courses will be added any time at the customers location or in Sidney.  A minimum of 8 is required for out of town locations. 

SVOP (Small Vessel Operator Proficiency Course)

This is a stand-alone course addressing the particular needs for some minimum standards of training for operators of:

  • Commercial vessels, other than tugs, up to 15 Gross Tonnage operating not more than 25 miles offshore.
  • Fishing vessels up to 15 Gross Tonnage or 12 meters overall length operating not more than 25 miles offshore.
  • Passenger vessels, work-boats, sport fishing charters.

This is a 26 hour course and is done in 4 days from 8:30 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. each day The course ends with a 50-question exam which if successfully completed gives you your certificate. C.D.N. numbers are no longer a Mandatory requirement of Transport Canada. See SDV-BS for link and more information.

The new draft, for the SVOP course changes, as been issued; the course will be increasing to a 32 hour course with three 6 hour modules for passengers, tug boats or commercial fishing.  The target date for the new SVO-C , Small Vessel Operator Certificate is late December 2020. Current SVOP participants will be grandfathered in.

PRICE: $575.00 per person (includes manual, (GST extra).  Students must have parallel rulers and dividers to complete the chart section.  These can be purchased at the time of registration or at class by prior arrangement. 


Classes for 2020:   All classes run Saturday through to Tuesday except for November 2020.   March 21-24, April 18-21, May 16-19, June 13-16, July 4-7, August 22-25, September 19-22, October 17-20, November 10-13 (Tuesday to Friday) and December 12-15.

(Note: This course certificate qualifies under CSA rules as an Equivalent to the PCOC card.)

ROC-M (VHF)Radio License Courses, Seminars, Exams, and DSC updates

The DSC portion of this license came into effect January of 2006. You will know if your license is current if it is green and includes the phrase "with DSC Endorsement". This course is offered as a home study or two-part lecture session. The regular exam is 60 questions, multiple-choice with 3 verbal questions asked as well. You must successfully complete all sections of the exam to pass. This course does not require a CDN number but does require ID.

Holders of an old certificate who wish to obtain a DSC endorsement must now write the full exam.  The DSC upgrade course or challenge is no longer available.

PRICE: $120.00 per person, manual and exam challenge only (GST extra). Classes: On request for groups of 6 or more. $180.00 per person plus GST. Call to set up a convenient time.  You can also just Challenge the exam $60.00 plus GST.


DISCLAIMER:  With all COMMERCIAL courses required by Transport Canada, it is your responsibility to contact your local Transport Canada office to confirm the course and any prerequisites that you will need for your situation.

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