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.
Currently, all courses offered are taught on-site at FMI in North Saanich, BC (30-minutes from Victoria) on Vancouver Island.
The SVOP course and manual will ensure that students knows 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.
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.
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).