Changes to SVOP – not until summer 2023 (at the earliest)

Changes to SVOP

Transport Canada has proposed some changes to the Small Vessel Operator training regime (currently the SVOP certificate). The validity of SVO certifications may be extended to operators of larger vessels (up to 12 meters long). Nothing is finalized yet, but here’s what we know so far:

1. Any changes to the SVOP course will not come into effect until Summer 2023 (or later!)

2. Existing SVOP certificates will still be valid, but holders may have to take additional courses if they want to operate larger vessels (more than 5GT, less than 12m)

3. The SVOP course will probably be a few hours longer

Transport Canada is changing from a Gross Tonnage measurement for boats to a length measurement. This is a much easier measurement, as it just involves measure the length of your boat! The current SVOP is good for vessels up to 5 GT, which is generally about 9 meters long, the new SVOP will be good for vessels up to 12 meters long. We hope these changes will mean a “new and improved” SVOP for bigger boats. 

Changes to MED

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Resources and Partner Links

Our Partners

The Guide Network  – connects employers with potential employees in the Adventure Tourism industry.

 

Christie-Phoenix Insurance – experts in Commercial and Recreational Marine Insurance (and really good rates!)

 

Fish Safe BC – If you are a BC commercial fisherman, this is your home for safety training and emergency preparedness

 

Vancouver Island University’s Natural Resources Extension Program offer applied natural resource-related training programs

 

Campbell River Maritime Heritage Centre

 

The Britannia Heritage Shipyard
(the City of Richmond).

 

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SDV-BS

MEDA3 to be replaced by the SDV-BS

MEDA3 certificates will continue to be valid

  • We will soon start to offer a new Marine Emergency Duties certification – the Small Domestic Vessel Basic Safety instead of the MEDA3.
  • It’s basically the same course but with a new name.
  • It’s valid the same as the MEDA3 and MEDA3 certificates will continue be valid. 

What does this mean for you?

If you already have the MEDA3, you do NOT need to retake the course. Just hang onto your MEDA3 certificate! (we can still issue replacements but there is charge)

If you’re signed up for an upcoming MEDA3 course, you will receive a SDV-BS certificate instead of a MEDA3 certificate. The SDV-BS has the same validity as the MEDA3
.

The full name for the new certification is small non-pleasure vessel basic safety, but Transport Canada decided to use the catchy name Small Domestic Vessel Basic Safety for short!!!!!

For more information about the validity of Marine Emergency Duties certificates here’s a link to the Marine Personnel Regulations:
https://laws-lois.justice.gc.ca/eng/regulations/sor-2007-115/page-30.html#h-730549

Please see below an excerpt from Transport Canada publication TP4957, outlining the equivalency between the new and the old certifications. A full PDF copy of TP4957 can be found on our webpage https://marinetrainingbc.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/10/TP-4957-as-on-6th-Feb-2017.pdf

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Just when you thought it was safe to go out on the water……..

Just when you thought it was safe to go out on the water…..Transport Canada has proposed some changes to the SVOP

OH NO NOT AGAIN!

The validity of SVO certifications may be extended to operators of larger vessels (up to 12 meters long). 

Nothing is finalised yet, but here’s what we know so far:

  1. Any changes to the SVOP course will not come into effect until late 2020, at the earliest
  2. Existing SVOP certificates will still be valid, but holders may have to take additional courses if they want to operate larger vessels (more than 5GT, less than 12m)
  3. The SVOP will probably be a few hours longer

We hope these changes will mean a “new and improved” SVOP for bigger boats. More information is available on our webpage:

Changes to SVOP

Courses Are Open in a Location Near You

New Website Connects Employers with Potential Employees

The Guide Network is a great new website to connect employers with potential employees in the adventure / tourism field. “Empowering the tourism industry by bringing employers, guides and training providers together through one virtual platform!”  This is new platform, created by a guide (one of our former course participants – nice job Sam!).

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Just when you thought it was safe to go out on the water……..Proposed changes to SVOP

Just when you thought it was safe to go out on the water…

OH NO NOT AGAIN!

Transport Canada proposed changes to SVOP

The validity of SVO certifications may be extended to operators of larger vessels (up to 12 meters long). 

Nothing is finalised yet, but here’s what we know so far:

  1. Any changes to the SVOP course will not come into effect until late 2018, at the earliest
  2. Existing SVOP certificates will still be valid, but holders may have to take additional courses if they want to operate larger vessels (more than 5GT, less than 12m)
  3. The SVOP will probably be a few hours longer

We hope these changes will mean a “new and improved” SVOP for bigger boats. More information is available on our webpage:

Changes to SVOP

Salvage rights – Abandoned vessels – know your rights

Here’s a link to a Transport Canada PDF outlining the procedure for if you find an abandoned vessel (wreck)
http://www.tc.gc.ca/media/documents/marinesafety/found.pdf

Any person taking possession of a wreck (i.e. salvaging) must report a found wreck. If you salvage a wreck, you are entitled to reasonable salvage costs and expenses for your efforts. The vessel owner is liable for these expenses. If the owner cannot be found, the salvage award may be the wreck, or all or part of the proceeds of its sale, but will not exceed the value of the wreck.

As a boat owner you are responsible for disposing of your boat.