Captain’s Bootcamp

SVOP, SDV-BS/ MEDA3, ROCM PLUS Practical -on-the-water training in beautiful Tofino

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Captain’s Bootcamp – 9-day course (includes 1-day off ) to get the certifications required* to be the captain of a small commercial boat plus practical training on boats in Clayoquot Sound.

One of the most common questions we get about marine training is:

“Do you do any practical training?”

The package includes the SVOP, SDV-BS/ MED-A3 and ROC-M marine commercial certifications plus practical boating sessions in Clayoquot Sound. The practical sessions will include training on docking, anchoring, Person Over Board, chartwork pilotage, Electronic GPS navigation, Search and Rescue and big wave boat handling strategies.

This package is intended to build beginner and intermediate boaters up to a small vessel commercial captain level of professionalism. Clayoquot Sound offers an excellent mix of sheltered and rough waters for a well rounded marine experience. Datum Marine is a Transport Canada approved captain’s school which has been running academic and practical marine training in Clayoquot Sound for 25 years.

Q: Where do I sign up?

Course Registration Captain’s Boat Camp

*Q: What certifications do I need to become a captain on a small commercial vessel?


SVOP (the four day captain’s license which includes rules of the road, navigation, vessel stability and many other subjects), SDV-BS (formerly the MEDA3 – an emergency duties basic safety course), ROC-M (VHF radio course), and Marine Basic First Aid. Datum does NOT offer MBFA.

Q: What if I only need some of these courses?

A: If you need some but not all these courses, Datum Marine has limited availability for the public:

Sign up here, space is limited !

Q: Who can answer more questions?

A: Our website at is designed by mariners, for mariners and answers many questions that people may have about small commercial boat training. For any other questions, please email

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