MED A3 is now the SDVBS
Offered from now on, this new Small Domestic Vessel Basic Safety course is an update on the older MED A3 course. It's still a one-day course providing basic safety training for crew members of non-pleasure vessels of not more than 150 gross tonnage operating not more than 25 nautical miles from shore. If you already have the equivalent MED A3, rest assured it will not expire.
If you are the captain or crew aboard a commercial vessel, you are required to obtain the appropriate Marine Emergency Duties training certificate. In many cases, this is the only marine emergency duty training you will require.
Restricted Operator Certificate (ROC-M) now Offered
The Restricted Operator Certificate - Marine (ROC-M) is now being offered during the evenings while the SVOP is running. Make the most of your training days by getting your radio certificate at the same time.
'NEW' Small Vessel Operator (SVO) Certificate
Big changes are coming later in 2017 as Transport Canada changes their certification requirements for small commercial vessel Masters operating vessels from 5 Gross Tonnes, to 12-metres in Near Coastal Voyage, Class 2 or Sheltered Waters. The SVOP is a Training Certificate (and will remain valid), whereas the SVO will be a Certificate of Competency which will remain valid as long as your First Aid is valid. When the SVO is introduced in 2017, there will be four modules:
Basic Module is 24-hours long and mandatory (except for those with a SVOP training certificate)
Passenger Module is mandatory for small passenger vessels and is an additional 6-hours training.
Fishing Module is mandatory for fishing vessels and is an additional 6-hours training.
Tug Module is mandatory for tugs and also requires two-months of sea service on tugs.
SVOP is going to be replaced by the SVO Certificate of Competency, however SVOP training certificates will remain valid indefinitely. When upgrading to the SVO, persons who have obtained the SVOP will be given a credit equal to the Basic Module in the SVO course.
Small Vessel Operator Certificate of Competency (SVO CoC)
The SVO CoC program will be structured so that all candidates will cover the Basic Module consisting of 34-hours over 4-days of training covering similar material to the SVOP - but in much greater detail.
The other training modules will be specific to either Passenger, Fishing, or Tugs.
The process for receiving the SVO will require presenting the following four training certificates to the Transport Canada Marine Safety Examiner:
1 - Marine Basic First Aid certificate
2 - MED A3 training certificate
3 - Restricted Operator Certificate (ROC-M) minimum licence required for operating marine radio
4 - SVO Training Certificate
You don't want to find yourself pleading your case in front of this Transport Canada Tribunal.
Transport Canada Expands Definition of 'Sheltered Waters'
Transport Canada is updating the Vessel Certificates Regulations to propose a broader definition of a sheltered waters voyage and to expand the sheltered waters voyages schedules. These proposed changes mean that some waters currently classified as near coastal voyage, Class 2 voyages would be classified as sheltered waters voyages.
TC Updates Lifejacket Regulations
Find out when and how you can use PFDs in lieu of Lifejackets on some commercial vessels.