Small Commercial Vessel Operator Course

This 2 day classroom course provides compulsory information for crew and operators of commercial vessels under 8 meters in length operating within 2 nautical miles from shore, as required by Transport Canada. The Pleasure Craft Operators Card (PCOC) is required proof of competency by anyone who operates a power-driven boat in Canada; WCSS policy is to augment boat operator training by combining PCOC certification with a more detailed commercial application.

The course goals are:

  • To provide a basic understanding of the hazards associated with the marine environment and the vessel and how to prevent shipboard incidents, including fire
  • To provide the necessary knowledge to raise and/or respond to alarms and to deal with emergencies

  • To provide assistance in fire and abandonment situations
  • To provide the knowledge that will enable the individuals to assist with their own survival and rescue

The course covers basic water safety, hazards and emergencies, emergency response, marine firefighting, abandonment, survival, distress and other signals, rescue, and personal and vessel safety equipment.

If students wish to operate WCSS boats, they will also need to take the 3-day WCSS Boat Handling: Oil Spill Containment & Recovery course. The Boat Handling course follows this course.

For course information, contact Shannon Jarrell: