Small Vessel Operator Proficency

Small Vessel Operator Proficency


Learn to safely operate a small commercial work or passenger vessel up to 5 GT or fishing vessel up to 15 GT in Near Coastal, Class 2 or Sheltered Waters less than 25 nm offshore. Our Transport Canada approved course stands out because it offers practical training on an actual boat. Learn the skills and knowledge to start your new marine career today.


  • Fundamentals of Seamanship
  • Safe Working Practices and Safety Equipment
  • Voyage Planning and Marine Navigation
  • International Regulations to Preventing Collisions at Sea
  • Emergency Situations
  • Practical training in basic operations and maneuvering

Who should take this course:

Anyone looking to operate a small commercial vessel. Professional industries include marine wildlife watching, passenger or crew transportation, fishing (15 GT) etc.

Upcoming Courses:

Please inquire at for next available course.  Group bookings are welcome.


Details about the course:

Instructor ratio:



In class:

  • Westcoast Adventure College campus
    5449 Sooke Rd., Sooke, BC V9Z 0C8


  • Depart from local harbour (Victoria, Sooke, Sidney)

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About our workshops

Our ethos is built on the foundation of connecting people to their environment. Each workshop is designed to provide learning and practice to hone individual skills. Vancouver Island is one of the best locations for outdoor education in Canada and with our experienced instructors and the diverse outdoor classrooms, participants will explore their backyard with a fun and educational focus.

About Us

Westcoast Adventure College was started in 2002 and has graduated over 300 wilderness guides. We are British Columbia’s premier Adventure Tourism College and with accreditation, by the BC Private Training Institutions Branch, we ensure the highest level of experience and skills required for today’s Adventure Tourism industry. Over 20 years in wilderness education has proven to us that the benefits of outdoor learning on participant confidence and knowledge retention is unparalleled.

Our Instructors

All of our instructors are professionals in the field with years of experience across BC and the world.

See instructor bios here!