Small Vessel Operator Proficiency Course – SVOP

SVOP Course Description below

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Transport Canada requires Commercial Small Vessel Operators (Captains) to have FOUR certifications to operate a commercial vessel as Master (Captain).

  1.  The 4 day Small Vessel Operator Proficiency (SVOP) course.
  2.  The 1 day Small Non-Pleasure Domestic Vessel Basic Safety (SDV-BS) (formerly MED A3.
  3.  The 1 day Marine VHF course (ROC-M) marine radio.
  4.  Any 2 day basic first aid course.

The 4 day SVOP course alone is NOT enough to meet the TC requirements as Master.

We almost always offer these courses in succession: Monday to Saturday.
We do not offer the first aid course.

Click Here for the Transport Canada Course Description.

Small Vessel Operator Proficiency or SVOP:
Our SVOP Course covers the minimum training of operators of commercial 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 metres overall length engaged on a near coastal, class 2 or a sheltered waters voyage.  This includes Whale Watching Boats, Fishing Guide Boats, Charters, Workboats, Water Taxis, Rescue Boats, Fishing Vessels, and more.

Small Vessel Operator Proficiency Course Goalslemt_img_classroom-400px-300x199

  • The SVOP is designed to provide a basic understanding of the hazards of the marine environment and the prevention of shipboard incidents.
  • Students that complete the Small Vessel Operator Proficiency course will have aquired the knowledge and skills to safely operate a small non-pleasure vessel in near coastal and sheltered waters under normal operating conditions.
  • The Small Vessel Operator Proficiency course provides additional training on aids to navigation and seamanship to supplement individual experience.

* A Candidate Document Number (CDN) # is no longer required for these courses. For more information and course schedules on the Small Vessel Operator Proficiency, please contact us.

For our next available SVOP Course Schedule, please click here.

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