MED A3 and SVOP courses in BC

MED A3 and SVOP courses
MED A3 $250 plus GST
SVOP $675 plus GST

West Coast Powerboat Handling has requests for the above courses in Kelowna and/or Kamloops. Availability either the week of August 27or September 17, 2018.

There will also be the opportunity to obtain the ROC(M) Maritime Radio certificate. Costs $140 + $10 Shipping + GST. This must be ordered in advance so you have time to self-study. A review and exam will take place either Thursday evening or Friday afternoon.

Please let me know your training needs as soon as possible. These classes have been filling quickly.

I am available to conduct these courses in any other location. Class size is 6 students minimum and a maximum of 12.

I am also available to conduct on-water training on your boat at your location. We can focus on your areas of concern or conduct a full day program starting with vessel pre-departure checks, basic vessel operation, docking and undocking, mooring, anchoring, man overboard, close-quarters maneuvers, use of navigation equipment and practical navigation skills.

Bruce Stott
[email protected]

P.S. These courses are available at your location, or Sidney/Victoria. Minimum of 6 students to conduct a class. Contact me with your requirements.

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Pre-Departure Checklist

When heading out on the water, one way of ensuring you have what you need for safety is a checklist.

Discover Boating has a printable Pre-departure Checklist.

Filing a float plan with someone ashore is a safety feature when out on the water. It should include names and contact information for everyone on board, your destination(s) and time you will return
to shore.  Be sure you close your sail plan on return by checking in with your onshore contact.

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Courses for Small Non-pleasure Vessel Operators

In 2015, Gulf Islands Cruising School Ltd acquired Westcoast Powerboat Handling when the owner, Jimmy Watt, retired.

Transport Canada courses for commercial operators include Med A3 and Small Vessel Operator Proficiency SVOP.

The Restricted Operator Certificate ROC -M (Maritime with DSC Endorsement) can be offered at the same time.  The course can be completed by self-study followed by a review and the exam with a recognized examiner.

Courses may be arranged in Sidney, or at your location.




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Safe Boating Guide

If you are planning to spend time on the water, then it is important to have the required safety gear on board for the size of your boat.  Regulations apply to all vessels.

The Transport Canada Safe Boating Guide  may be downloaded.

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Basic Outboard course.

Spent a warm day last week on the water teaching a Basic Outboard Standard  course. If you have access to a boat with an outboard, then you may benefit from the course which covers boat handling, weather, basic chart reading, regulations and boating etiquette as well as other topics.

Want the standard, however, no boat? My client rented a boat from Victoria Boat Rentals  at Port Sidney Marina, for the day and hired me to teach the standard.

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