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Small Vessel Operator Proficiency

Updated on May 12, 2014

Small Vessel Operator Proficiency (SVOP)

SVOP is a 26 hour Transport Canada accredited course for operators of Small Non-Pleasure Vessels. This course meets the requirements of a stand-alone course which addresses the need for minimum training of operators of commercial (non-pleasure) 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.

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I am the Senior Instructor for West Coast Powerboat Handling and I am accredited by Transport Canada to teach this certificate.

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SVOP course by West Coast Powerboat Handling

Although Transport Canada only requires 26 hours of classroom instruction, West Coast Powerboat Handling has taught courses which include an extra day of on the water practical exercises. This brings together all the theoretical knowledge and allows the students to apply their skills in the real world. However to meet the market demand a four day course is now available.

Course Dates 2014

4 days $550.00 plus taxes

Sidney June 3 - 6

N. Vancouver June 3 - 6

Contact us at 640-230-5959 for next course dates

Any area where we have 6 or more students, we can conduct a course.

Near Coastal Class 2

What is meant by "Near Coastal Class 2 waters?"

Near coastal voyage, Class 2:

A voyage that is not a sheltered water voyage

A voyage within 25 nautical miles from shore inwaters contiguous to Canada, the United States (except Hawaii) or Saint Pierre and Miquelon, and within 100 nautical miles from a place of refuge

The SVOP certificate is currently limited to Canadian waters.

Sheltered Waters

What are "Sheltered Waters?"

Sheltered waters voyage:

A voyage that is in Canada on a lake or a river above tidal waters – where a vessel can never be further than one nautical mile from the closest shore

A voyage that is on the waters listed in column 1 of an item of Schedule 1 during the period specified in column 2 of that item

A voyage that is made by a ferry between two or more points listed in column 1 of an item in Schedule 2 during the period specified in column 2 of that item

See the Vessel Certificates Regulations for the above Schedule.

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