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 tons). Typically passenger boats or work boats.

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

SDV-BS (formerly MED A3) 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 one course.

It’s best to register for all three courses at the same time.

Course Descriptions

SVOP - Small Vehicle Operator Proficiency Certificate

4-day course (26 hours)

Changes are coming to the SVOP soon, register now to avoid the additional expense and time and get ‘Grand-Fathered’ into the new System. Click here for more information.

If clients wish, we can send our instructors on a ride-along day on the boats in order to understand the needs of the company or group better.

The SVOP is a Transport Canada certification to operate a Small Commercial Boat less than 5 Tonnes for Passenger and Cargo boats such as Crew boats, Work boats, Sport-fishing, Whale-watching and less than 15 Gross Tonnes for Commercial Fishing boats.
Find more information about vessel requirements, here is a link to Transport Canada’s Small Vessel regulations here:
SVOP classes require 26 hours of classroom time over a 4-day period, participants must attend the whole course to pass. There is a multiple choice exam at the end of the course. We provide all materials.
Using a media-rich, clear & logical presentation, safety and relevance are our priority! We believe that workers and operators remember the information we teach and test when the material is local and relevant to the experience of students in the class. Classes are geared toward media-rich, active, hands on presentation. While we use a textbook and students may take notes, we seek to help students retain safety and important information through latest story telling and memory techniques.
Lessons in SVOP syllabus include: Master’s Responsibility, Collision Regulations and Avoidance, Geography Math and charts, Ropework, Construction and Stability, Aids to Navigation, Electronic Navigation, Search and Rescue, Boat Handling, Weather and Forecasting, and Tides and Currents.
We offer options for groups to have a local aspect to navigation training–an option to use exercises on charts of your choosing. Our instructors are experienced with running both small and large vessels… and also understand the new Transport Canada system. But more importantly, our instructors are approved by Transport Canada and bring information into the class which is relevant to your group or company–fishing, tourism, logging, tug boats, fish farms or crew boats.

MEDA3 - Small Domestic Vessel Basic Safety
Marine Emergency Duties

1-day course (8 hours)

We will soon be offering the SDV-BS instead of the MEDA3 – these are basically the same course (just a few syllabus changes and a name change). Existing MEDa3 certifications will still be valid. 

Marine Emergency Duties A3 is a one day class concerned with EMERGENCIES on ships such as fire fighting, distress signals, man overboard, abandon ship and cold water shock/hypothermia.
MEDA3 is NOT a first aid course (Marine Basic First Aid is concerned with first aid response to injury, whereas MED A3 is all about disasters and emergencies).
Marine Emergency Duties A3 is a one day MED course required for crew on small vessels 5 ton or less (passenger and work boat) or 15 ton for commercial fishing, operating no more than 25 nautical Miles offshore. If you need the SVOP you will also need a MED certification (MEDA3 – minimum).
This course is all about safety and we use the latest memory enhancement and training techniques to make sure students have the skills to save themselves and passengers in emergency situations.
Coursework covers Responsibility, Abandon ship, Fire, Man Overboard and Emergency Signals.

ROC-M Restricted Operator Certificate Marine Radio License

1-day course (8 hours)

Apply for MMSI number from Industry Canada.

Follow the link below to download a PDF file to apply for an MMSI number from Industry Canada. Be sure to read carefully to see which form is best for you. Typically small commercial vessels operating without EPIRB and no more than 25 Nautical Miles from shore would look at filling out Annex B because vessel operators are required to have ROC-M and required to have DSC capable VHF radios on board.

Industry Canada MMSI Page

Restricted Operator Course Maritime (MarineVHF radio… ROC-M) is required for all boats using DSC (Digital Selective Calling) VHF radios within 25 miles of shore. As long as you do not operate further out, or your vessel is licensed to go no more than 25 nautical Miles offshore, an ROC-M course (one day) course will usually suffice.
The ROC-M certification does not expire, it’s good for life!
If you’re boat has a marine VHF radio, you are required to hold a marine radio certification (ROCM minimum).
ROC-MC is NOT normally required in these cases and not available at Datum Marine at this time. If in doubt, please consult with Internet, Science and Economic Development Canada – Spectrum Management:
ROC-M is a one day course and has a maximum capacity of 12 students. Coursework includes proper radio conversation protocol, Digital Selective Calling emergency procedures and information concerning the new GMDSS (Global Maritime Distress and Safety System).

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