SVOP & Domestic Vessel Safety Courses

FMI Marine provides Transport Canada approved marine safety training including SVOP, SDV-BS (formerly MED-A3), and ROC-M marine VHF radio courses. Serving students in Victoria, Vancouver Island, and other BC communities.

Marine Training Courses

FMI offers marine training including Small Vessel Operator Proficiency (SVOP), Small Domestic Vessel Safety (SDV-BS), and ROC-M marine VHF radio.

Marine Medical Exams

Our medical team provides marine medical examinations required by Transport Canada for seafarers working on vessels in Canada.

About FMI

FMI offers Transport Canada approved marine training with real world experience and examples that emphasize safety protocols and seamanship.

Featured On-Site Courses

Currently, all courses offered are taught on-site at FMI in North Saanich, BC (30-minutes from Victoria) on Vancouver Island.

SVOP Victoria and Vancouver Island

SVOP (Small Vessel Operator Proficiency)

The SVOP course and manual will ensure that students know how to both prevent and address emergency situations at sea. Upon completion of the course, students will have the knowledge and skills necessary to safely operate a small non-pleasure vessel in near coastal and sheltered waters under normal operating conditions, including darkness and restricted visibility; ability to engage on a near coastal, class 2 or a sheltered waters voyage, and for fishing vessels up to 15 gross tonnage or 12 meters overall length engaged on a near coastal voyage, class 2; additional knowledge on aids to navigation and seamanship to supplement individual experience.

SDV-BS Victoria and Vancouver Island

SDV-BS (Small Domestic Vessel Basic Safety)

The purpose of this course is to comply with the Marine Personnel Regulations requirements for training on survival techniques, emergencies, and firefighting for Canadian seafarers traveling on: commercial vessels of 24 metres or less engaged on a sheltered water voyage only; commercial vessels of 18 metres or less engaged on a voyage in domestic waters; and, fishing vessels of 24 metres or less engaged on a voyage in domestic waters.

Marine Radio Operator Course (ROC-M)

ROC-M (Restricted Operator’s Certificate-Marine)

Every person who operates a marine radio must be trained and certified on how to use it. The course will  teach the student proper operational use of the VHF radio along with critical procedures/protocols during an emergency. The student will also be instructed in the use of various frequencies, phonetic alphabet, Digital Select Calling  procedures and the Global Marine Distress and Safety System (GMDSS).

Mobile Marine Training

FMI offers customized courses, and mobile training (we come to you). If your organization or group would like custom courses or mobile training, please let us know.