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Transport Canada Marine Courses, Radio Courses and Other Training Programs in Sidney on Vancouver Island, British Columbia

westcoast powerboat handling

Established in 1994 and located in Sidney on Vancouver Island in British Columbia, West Coast Powerboat Handling is a marine & powerboating school providing instruction in the proper and safe methods of handling powerboats. West Coast Powerboat Handling is a Transport Canada Recognized Institution for MED A3 and SVOP courses and recognized Examiner for ROC(M).

Since October 1996, they have instructed more than 6,460 Operators, from Norman Wells, in the Canadian Northwest Territories, to Patagonia Argentina, and from Quatsino Sound, British Columbia to Hamilton, Ontario


The clients of the school include - Search and Rescue Organizations, Forestry and Logging Companies, Pipeline Companies, Water Taxis, Whale Watching, Sport Fishing, Government Agencies, Research Organizations and many others.

West Coast Powerboat Handling is also a Sail Canada Member School.

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Training Programs




Marine Courses

  • Small Non-Pleasure Vessel Basic Safety (MED A3) (1 day): The MED A3 is a Basic Safety Training Course for Operators and Crew which provides 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. This Transport Canada approved course MED A3 Rigid hull inflatable e has been designed to provide operators and crew members with a basic understanding of the hazards associated with the marine environment and the vessel they are operating and more.
  • Small Vessel Operator Proficiency (SVOP) (4 days): The Small Vessel Operator Proficiency (SVOP) course has been designed to instruct owners and operators of small Non-Pleasure vessels on the proper safety and operating procedures as required by Canadian law.

Radio Courses

  • ROC(M) DSC - The Restricted Operator Certificate (Maritime) with DSC Endorsement: The ROC(M) is a Canadian Federal Government issued certificate that allows you to operate a marine VHF radio.

Other Courses

  • VHF Procedures - General
  • Coastal Navigation

Last Updated: June 23, 2021