SVOP training boat photo: Matt Whelan

Photo Credit: Matt "Cheers" Whelan

We're Datum Marine ("Day-tum" Marine), the small boat guys. We concentrate on all things involving small commercial boats in British Columbia and the rest of Canada. Our purpose is one thing: To help our clients operate safely and efficiently on small commercial boats.

At Datum marine we show professional respect for our course participants through relevance. We make our classes relevant to small commercial vessel operators within the confines of the Transport Canada SVOP curriculum. Our instructors have experience driving small vessels through all weathers and all around coastal BC. We challenge you to spend your hard earned money with a school who knows what you do, and where you do it.

“Git R Dun!” as we say here at Datum Marine, which is why we bundle the 3 nautical courses in a convenient and intensive 6 day package. We go where others do not. All around Western Canada, the province of BC, Vancouver and especially Vancouver Island! We take the instructor to the class. We are flexible, efficient, caring and professional. Our mandate is to help you feel empowered to do what it is you need to do to comply with new regulations so you can get back out on the water. 

Please ask your local Transport Canada Marine office for the final say on all crewing and vessel regulations. However, most people on small commercial vessels need: SVOP (Small Vessel Operator Proficiency), MED A3 (Marine Emergency Duties A3), ROC-M DSC (Radio Restricted Operator Certificate Marine with Digital Selective Calling endorsement), and MBFA (Marine Basic First Aid).

Small Vessel Operators Training Course

Photo Credit: Matt "Cheers" Whelan

Upcoming Courses 2014 (click here for online registration):

Richmond / Vancouver B.C. 

  • 14 - 17 April - SVOP - $550 plus GST (5%)
  • 22 April - MEDA3 - $150 plus GST (5%)
  • 23 April - ROCM - $150 plus GST (5%)

Location: Britannia Heritage Shipyard (lower Chinese Bunkhouse), 5180 Westwater Drive, Steveston, Richmond, B.C. V7E 6P3
Course times: 8.30am - 4.30pm

Campbell River, Vancouver Island, B.C. (Comox , Courtenay, Quadra, Cortes, Gold River)  - SVOP and MEDA3 courses now SOLD OUT. Please email or call 1-855-655-2628 to go on the wait list. 

  • 28 April - 1 May - SVOP - $550 plus GST (5%)
  • 2 May - MEDA3 - $150 plus GST (5%)
  • 3 May - ROCM - $150 plus GST (5%)

Location: Maritime Heritage Centre, 621 N Island Hwy, Campbell River, B.C. V9W 5C1
Course times: 8.30am - 4.30pm

Port McNeill / Port Hardy, Vancouver Island, B.C. (Telegraph Cove, Port Alice, Coal Harbour, Alert Bay)

  • 5 - 8 May - SVOP - $550 plus GST (5%)
  • 9 May - MEDA3 - $150 plus GST (5%)
  • 10 May - ROCM - $150 plus GST (5%)

Location: Community Futures, 14-311 Hemlock Street, Port McNeill, B.C. V0N 2R0
Course times: 8.30am - 4.30pm

Port Alberni, Vancouver Island, B.C. (Ucluelet, Tofino, Bamfield, Parksville, Qualicum)

  • 12 - 15 May - SVOP - $550 plus GST (5%)
  • 16 May - MEDA3 - $150 plus GST (5%)
  • 17 May - ROCM - $150 plus GST (5%)

Location: Echo Park Fieldhouse, 4200 Wood Avenue, Port Alberni, V9Y 8B3
Course times: 8.30am - 4.30pm

SVOP classes are now 4 days long as per Transport Canada regulations, good for commercials vessels 5 Gross Tons or less, or commercial Fishing vessels 15 Gross Tons or less.

PLEASE NOTE: CDN (candidate document numbers) Numbers are required before we can release your certificates! Apply from Transport Canada  in Victoria, Vancouver, Nanaimo or Prince Rupert  in person for free, or you can apply by mail. Click here for more information.

When you register for SVOP or MED A3 classes, you are registering with Datum Marine Services Ltd., a Transport Canada Course Provider.


Navigation with Small Vessels in British Columbia (Photo: Matt Whelan)

Photo Credit: Matt "Cheers" Whelan