Courses FAQ

View answers to frequently asked questions below. If you don’t see an answer in our FAQ, please contact us. We’re happy to help!

What marine training courses do you offer?

Currently, we offer Transport Canada approved courses including Small Vessel Operator Proficiency (SVOP), Small Domestic Vessel Basic Safety (SDV-BS), ROC-M (marine VHF radio operation). In the near future, we’ll offer other marine safety related courses. View our schedule of upcoming courses. All courses are taught on site at FMI Marine.

Where is FMI located?

FMI is located in North Saanich, BC (30-minutes from Victoria on Vancouver Island). View the Google Map and get directions.

Do I need to purchase textbooks for the courses?

You don’t need to buy a course manual. The cost of courses includes a training manual PDF (if required by the course) for at-home study. A hard copy of the course manual is made available (loaned) during class for in-class study.

Where do I find the training manual PDF for the course I purchased? Do you email it to me?

The course PDF  will be emailed to you once you’ve purchased the course. So that our emails don’t go to your spam folder, we recommend whitelisting or adding our email address ( ) to a safe senders list in your email app, or check your spam/junk folders if you do not receive the notification email after purchasing the course.  A hard copy of the course manual will be provided for in-class use.

Do you offer any of your marine courses online?

No, we don’t plan on offering online training. Courses are best taught in a classroom setting.

Do you offer 'mobile' training. Will you come to my city or town or teach my group?

Yes! We offer mobile marine training (we come to you) and customized courses. If you’re interested in mobile training or custom courses, please let us know!

Can I just call you to pay for a course?

Unfortunately, we can’t accept payments by phone or etransfer. All payments must be made via our system so we can track registrations, class lists and seats available. First, you must sign up, by clicking the “Sign Up” link above our website’s top menu. You can also sign up when you click a course’s “Buy Now” button.

What forms of payment do you accept?

For convenience, we process payments through PayPal. If you don’t have a PayPal account, that’s okay! You can check out at PayPal as a guest and pay by VISA, MasterCard or American Express.

What amenities are located at or near FMI?

Our facility includes:

  • Full washroom and kitchen for coffee and lunches
  • Shoreline outdoor area, first-aid station, and ample parking
  • Up-to-date marine safety publications and charts
  • Safety and other equipment for demonstrations

Can I get a refund if I can't attend a course I purchased?

If you’ve purchased a course and can’t attend because of unforeseen circumstances, we can apply your fee to the same course available at a later date. Courses will only proceed if a minimum of 3 people are enrolled. If a course does not go forward, we can apply your payment to the same course at a later date, or refund the course fee if necessary.

Get in Touch

Questions about our marine safety and training courses? Give us a call!