Datum Marine Services

We are proud to be the premier provider
of small vessel marine training in British Columbia.

Get Certified, Get Out on the Water

Datum Marine welcomes you to marinetrainingbc.com, our website dedicated to helping you find the right course to get you out on the water!

You Will Need Three of Our Certificates to be a Licensed Small Vessel Operator

SVOP - Small Vessel Operator Proficiency Certificate

The SVOP is a Transport Canada certification to operate a small commercial boat (less than 5 tones). Typically passenger boats or work boats.

SDV-BS - Small Domestic Vessel Basic Safety Certificate (formerly MED A3)

SDV-BS is all about how to deal with emergencies on boats including fires, distress signals, man overboard and more.

ROC M - Restricted Operator Certificate for Maritime Radio

A ROC certificate specifically for maritime radio is required for anyone operating a marine VHF radion within 25 miles of shore.

Each certificate is a separate course.

To be a captain on a small boat you will generally need all 3 courses

At Datum Marine we make our classes relevant to small commercial vessel operators within the confines of the Transport Canada SVOP/SDV-BS (MED A3) and Industry Canada curriculums

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About us

We are the small boat training specialists – that’s all we do! We keep it relevant because we know small boats better than anyone. 

Course Instructors

We have some of the best marine instructors in the business who take teaching these courses seriously. If you want to learn from the best, then a Datum Marine course is for you.

Become An Instructor

Skilled in the ways of the open ocean? Want to share that knowledge with others? Then Datum Marine could have a quality instructor position for you.

Latest News

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MEDA3 is replaced by the SDV-BS MEDA3 certificates will continue...

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