MED-A3, SVOP, ROC-M, PCOC, Training Courses, Victoria, BC - for Commercial Vessels and Pleasure Craft - Heads-Up Navigation


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Note: Prices quoted are subject to change. Shipping & G.S.T. extra. Cash, Internet Transfers, VISA/Master-card accepted! Payment for the course is required on booking. Receipts are provided for tax purposes. Any date changes or cancellations must be made 7 days prior to course. No refunds for No-Shows. Partial refunds are given at the discretion of the owner in special situations only.


Training may be offered at several locations in Victoria and Sidney .  Our new office location is #5-2075 Henry Ave. West Sidney, V8L 1T2. Please call to ensure that the office is open. Classes are held at the same location.


We offer Basic Marine First Aid, SVOP, ROC-M and SDV-BS formerly MED A 3 courses for any location in Canada. Travel and accommodations are extra and are billed and arranged at time of booking. On-the-water training is done at any location, your boat! 

  SDV-BS , Small Domestic Vessel Basic Safety,  Formerly MED A-3

This course provides basic safety training for crew-members on:

  • Fishing vessels not more than 15 GT.
  • Small passenger vessels (up to 12 passengers), work boats, sport fishing charters.
  • All other Small commercial vessels not more than 15 GT, including passenger vessels, with un-berthed accommodation only, but not including ferries, on Home Trade IV and Minor Waters voyages.

This is an 8-hour course, Formerly known as the MED -A 3,  done in one day. The exam is a simple 25 question multiple choice. You receive your certification upon successful completion. CDN#s are no longer a Mandatory requirement of Transport Canada. You may however apply for one on line. Otherwise please go to your local TC office with your passport, or birth certificate and your drivers license.( No charge).

PRICE: $250.00 per person (includes books), (GST extra).

COURSE DATES:    Classes for 2019:    Nov. 8, and Dec. 6.  Classes for 2020:  Jan. 24, February 21, March 20, April 17, May 15, June 12, July 3, August 21, September 18, October 16, November 13 and December 11.

Extra classes will be inserted when requested. Private and extra courses will be added any time at the customers location or in Sidney.  A minimum of 8 is required for out of town locations. 

SVOP (Small Vessel Operator Proficiency Course)

This is a stand-alone course addressing the particular needs for some minimum standards of training for operators of:

  • Commercial vessels, other than tugs, up to 15 Gross Tonnage operating not more than 25 miles offshore.
  • Fishing vessels up to 15 Gross Tonnage or 12 meters overall length operating not more than 25 miles offshore.
  • Passenger vessels, work-boats, sport fishing charters.

This is a 26 hour course and is done in 4 days from 8:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. each day The course ends with a 50-question exam which if successfully completed gives you your certificate. C.D.N. numbers are no longer a Mandatory requirement of Transport Canada. See SDV-BS for link and more information.

The new draft, for the SVOP course changes, has been issued; the course will be increasing to a 32 hour course with possible 6 hour modules for passengers, tug boats or commercial fishing. As yet this has not been finalized.  The target date for the new SVO-C , Small Vessel Operator Certificate is late December 2018. Current SVOP participants will be grandfathered in.

PRICE: $575.00 per person (includes manual, (GST extra).  Students must have parallel rulers and dividers to complete the chart section.  These can be purchased at the time of registration or at class by prior arrangement. 


 Classes for 2019:    Nov. 9-12 and Dec. 7-10.   Classes for 2020:  January 25-28,  February 22 to 25, March 21-24, April 18-21, May 16-19, June 13-16, July 4-7, August 22-25, September 19-22, October 17-20, November 14-17 and December 12-15.

(Note: This course certificate qualifies under CSA rules as an Equivalent to the PCOC card.)

Basic Marine First Aid:

Basic Marine First Aid is now offered by Heads-Up Navigation. Instruction is provided by a fully certified Red Cross  instructor. This is a Basic two-day course offering an overview of first aid and cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) skills for the marine/fishing industry. This course meets the requirements of Transport Canada outlined in Transport Publication (TP) 13008. This course meets with requirements for full SVOP certification. Duration: 16hrs, 100% attendance, skills demonstration and 75% minimum on the written exam.  (12 students maximum per class.)   This 3 year certification in MBFA and CPR-C is equivalent to Standard First Aid & CPR-C and AED and is recognized for 5 years by Transport Canada. (A Red Cross First Aid and CPR Manual is supplied to each student at the commencement of classes.)

Courses for Basic Marine First Aid cost $150.00 plus GST. Call to register now.

Dates for 2018 :  Classes for 2019:   Nov. 6-7, NEW Dec.2-3, Dec. 4-5 Sorry FULLClasses for 2020:  January  29-30, February 19-20, March 18-19, April 15-16, May 13-14, June 10-11, September 16-17, October 14-15, November 11-12, December 9-10.

Extra courses will be added as the demand requires. All courses are held at #5-2075 Henry Ave. West, Sidney, BC, V8L 1T2.

Advanced Marine First Aid is available also, call for more information.

ROC-M (VHF)Radio License Courses, Seminars, Exams, and DSC updates

The DSC portion of this license came into effect January of 2006. You will know if your license is current if it is green and includes the phrase "with DSC Endorsement". This course is offered as a home study or two-part lecture session. The regular exam is 60 questions, multiple-choice with 3 verbal questions asked as well. You must successfully complete all sections of the exam to pass. This course does not require a CDN number but does require ID.

Holders of an old certificate who wish to obtain a DSC endorsement must now write the full exam.  The DSC upgrade course or challenge is no longer available.

PRICE: $120.00 per person, manual, CD and exam challenge only (GST extra). Classes: On request for groups of 8 or more.  Call to set up a convenient time.

PCOC (Pleasure Craft Operator Cards)

***As of Sept.15, 2009, all operators of powered (fuel or electric) boats must have a PCOC.

  • If you are under the age of 12 and unaccompanied and unsupervised by a person 16 years of age or older, you are not allowed to operate a boat with an engine more powerful than 7.5 kw (10 hp).
  • If you are at least 12 years of age but not yet 16 years old and unaccompanied and unsupervised by a person 16 years of age or older you are not allowed to operate a boat with an engine more powerful than 30 kw (40hp).
  • If you are under the age of 16, you may not operate a personal watercraft. (PWC) No Exemptions!
  • Any person operating a powered recreational vessel less than 4 meters (13-1/2 Feet) (this includes personal watercraft) must have a PCOC.
  • Foreign visitors who have a pleasure boat in Canada will be granted a grace period of 45 consecutive days, after that they must obtain a PCOC card.
  • People renting a vessel will be required to complete a dockside checklist.

PRICE: Private courses are $150 per person, GST extra., minimum of 8 per group. Individual group rates are negotiated.  Home Study: Manuals $ GST, Exam Challenge $60. (GST extra)

Out of Province Instruction:

Heads-Up Navigation will travel anywhere in Canada to provide the training you require. Call anytime to discuss and receive a Quote (minimum of  8 per class). Any private courses, tutoring and on the water training is quoted on an individual basis. Hourly charges start at $50. per hour plus GST.


DISCLAIMER:  With all COMMERCIAL courses required by Transport Canada, it is your responsibility to contact your local Transport Canada office to confirm the course and any prerequisites that you will need for your situation.

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