Small Domestic Vessel Basic Safety SDV-BS

Formerly titled MED A3 Marine Emergency Duties

SDV-BS is a one day class concerned with EMERGENCIES that can happen onboard your small non-pleasure vessel. Such as fire fighting, distress signals, man overboard, abandon ship and cold water shock/hypothermia.

SDV-BS/MED A-3 is a one day course required for crew on small non-pleasure vessels 5 tonnes or less or cargo (non-passenger) vessels less than 15 tons, or fishing vessels less than 150 tonnes, operating no more than 25 nautical miles from shore. Fish farm, aquaculture, sport fishing lodge and fuel dockhands may also require the course and benefit form the training.

This course is all about safety and we use the latest training techniques to make sure students have the skills to save themselves and passengers in the unlikely event of an emergency situations.

Topics covered include Master's Owner and Crew responsibilities,  hazards & risk management, prevention & vessel stability, Emergency Response, fire fighting, survival & lifesaving equipment use and storage, distress signaling including flares, VHF-DSC Radio & EPIRB's, cold water  shock and emergency response, coastal search & rescue coverage and procedures.
The ability to provide assistance in fire and abandonment situations.


Please call 1-855-650-8686 or email us at for more information or to sign up for a course. We specialize in group training.

We also offer Hands on Boat Training for you on your vessel or ours. Learn from some of the best Hands On Trainers in the Business. We have developed Training programs and assisted in the development of specific Boat handling techniques that are designed to have you transition from a "Boat Driver" to a "Boat Handler" in as quick a time frame as possible. We also offer Sail Canada Certified Training for Basic Cruising, Intermediate Cruising, Basic Power-boating, Intermediate Power-boating, and Coastal Navigation.

Please call 1-855-650-8686 or email us at for more information or to sign up for a course. We specialize in group training. 

Transport Canada certifications are offered in Association with Excel Career College; a Transport Canada Authorized Training Provider.

Small Vessel Operator Proficiency
The SVOP is a Transport Canada certification to operate a Small non-pleasure (commercial) vessel less than 5 Tonnes for Passenger and Cargo boats such as Crew boats, Work boats, Sport-fishing boats, Whale-watching vessels and for Fishing Vessels less than 15 Gross Tonnes.

The SVOP is for operators of vessels 5 Tonnes or less, for passenger vessels (less than 12 passengers - sport-fishing, crew boats, whale-watching, water taxi) for Cargo vessels and for Commercial Fishing vessels less than 15 Tonnes. Regulations are changing, so please stay tuned to this website for updates or visit Transport Canada Marine Safety. 

Our SVOP training involves navigation, vessel construction and stability, collision avoidance, navigation safety, rope lines and knots, anchoring and vessel maneuvering, Canada Shipping Act, pollution prevention regulations, geography and chart construction, electronic navigation (radar, GPS and chart plotter), meteorology, tides and currents and much more.

SVOP classes require  a minimum of 26 hours of classroom instruction. We run our classes over a 4 day period. We provides all materials; this includes parallel rules, dividers, stationary and calculators for the navigation components and practice.
Lessons in SVOP syllabus include: Master’s Responsibility, Collision Regulations and Collision Avoidance, Geography and charts, Rope, lines and knots, Vessel Construction and Stability, Aids to Navigation, Electronic Navigation, Search and Rescue, Boat Handling, Meteorology and Weather Forecasting, and Tides and Currents.

Small Vessel Operator Proficiency is a requirement for crew on boats with 12 passengers or less, under 5 tonnes or cargo vessels/tugs under 5 tonnes, and Fishing Vessels under 15 tonnes operating not more than 25 Nautical Miles offshore.

Please call 1-855-650-8686 or email us at for more information or to sign up for a course. We specialize in group training.


You require this course by law to legally operate a VHF radio on pleasure craft on non-pleasure vessels operating 25 miles or less from shore. VHF / DSC  is a vital piece of safety equipment allowing you to send and receive Distress, Urgency and Safety messages put out by other boaters and the Coast Guard. Call the Coast Guard in case of an emergency or check in with a marina to reserve a slip for the night. Don't depend on a cell phone in case of an emergency, other vessels can't hear your call for assistance!

The course is one full day (8 hours) and entails a practical session simulating emergencies on the water using proper radio etiquette. Radio functions and channel selection.
At the end of the course you will be able to communicate and summon help from the Coast Guard, communicate with other vessels using the VHF radio, utilizing proper radio procedures. 
Captain and the Chef Marine Services Inc. instructors are certified by Industry Canada to administer the exam at the end of the course. Upon passing the course a temporary licence will be issued followed up by your lifetime credit card-style Restricted Operators Certificate (Maritime)  ROC - M  with DSC endorsement.

Please call 1-855-650-8686 or email us at for more information or to sign up for a course. We specialize in group training.

Safety Marine And Response Training in BC            A Division of Captain and the Chef Marine Services Inc.