Small Vessel Operator Proficiency (SVOP) Course

NEXT COURSE:  Richmond: October 7-10, 2019. Location: Fish Safe Office

No one particularly enjoys classroom training.  That’s why Fish Safe offers a customized SVOP course that's both practical and fun and was designed by BC commercial fishermen specifically for commercial fishermen.

Navigation, Chartwork, Electronics, Buoyage, Weather and What If’s are all covered to help make for safer wheel turns.  No commercial fishing vessel can afford to have a weak link – make sure you’re not one of them – Sign up today!

Certification: A SVOP certificate will be issued by Transport Canada to all course graduates. 

  • For small vessels (under 15gt) the SVOP certificate meets the Vessel Master Certificate requirements.

  • For larger vessels (over 15gt) the SVOP certificate provides the training / skills for course participants to take safe wheel turns


4 day course.


Reduced crew sizes and shortened fishing seasons put pressure on BC commercial fishermen like never before.  In this environment, every crewman plays a role in the safe operation of their fishing vessel. Learn the fundamentals of navigation, collision regulations, buoyage, fatigue management and much, much more – all taught according to the Fish Safe formula: Simple-Clear-Practical.

BC commercial fishermen cost: $200 CAD
(Non-BC commercial fishermen cost: $500 CAD)


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