Marine Safety Training

Marine Safety Training 2017-11-30T17:21:29-08:00
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This course is a valuable component in learning basic safety in the marine environment.
The course is designed to give new entrants to the small vessel commercial or fishing industry.
The course meets the requirements of Transport Canada TO Document 4957, Small Non-Pleasure Vessel Basic Safety (MED-A3) and is intended for crew members of non-pleasure vessels of not more than 150 gross tonnes operating not more than 25 nautical miles from shore.
The course will cover the following safety information:

  1. Introduction and safety
    • Introduction
    • Course safety
  2. Hazards and emergencies
    • Types of emergencies
    • Emergencies on small fishing boats
  3. Emergency response
    • Signals and alarms
    • Muster lists
    • Drills and training
    • Action upon discovering emergency
    • Action when called to an emergency
  4. Marine fire fighting
    • Nature of fire
    • Principles of extinguishment
    • Classes of fire and their symbols
    • Extinguishing agents
    • Portable extinguishers including demonstration
    • Fire response and fire extinguishing
    • Fire causes and prevention
  5. Lifesaving appliances and abandonment
    • Lifejackets and flotation devices
    • Immersion suits
    • Anti-exposure work suits
    • Lifebuoys and quoits
    • Life rafts
    • Rigid hull life rafts
    • Hydrostatic release units
  6. Survival
    • Factors relating to survival
    • Actions to increase chances of survival and rescue
    • Actions to take after abandoning in a survival craft
    • Action to take after leaving the vessel in an inflatable life raft
    • Action to take after leaving the vessel in a rigid hull life raft
  7. Signalling
    • Recognition and operation of signalling devices including pyrotechnics
    • Electronic communication
  8. Rescue
    • Rescue equipment
    • Vessel rescue
    • Helicopter rescue
  9. Evaluation

Duration – 8 hours
Number of Participants – Maximum 12
Certifying Body – Transport Canada 4957, Small Non-Pleasure Vessel Basic Safety (MED-A3)
Certificate Expiry – None
Exam – Ongoing Skills evaluation and multiple choice test at 70% or better to pass
Prerequisites – 16 years of age or older, A valid Government Identification is required and must be presented for registration and to the instructor on the first day of course commencement
A statement of health form shall be completed on the first day of the course.   A valid Medical Certificate is required to be submitted prior to start of course. Trainees are expected to be in a good state of health and physically capable of fully taking part in all program activities.  Trainees are expected to participate in all physical training requirements. A Candidate Document Number (CDN) is required in order to obtain a Department of Transport certificate. Applicants without a CDN must fill out an “Application for a Candidate Document Number (CDN)”, which can be found on Transport Canada’s website. The completed application, together with two (2) documents as proof of identity, must be submitted in person to the closest Transport Canada office.
Without exception any candidate not in compliance will be refused and billed for the full course.


The subject matter delivered in this course meets the requirements of a stand-alone course that addresses the particular need for the minimum training of operators of commercial vessels, other than tugs and fishing vessels, up to 5 gross tonnage engaged on a near coastal, class 2 or a sheltered waters voyage and for fishing vessels up to 15 gross tonnage or 12 meters overall length. The course will provide the participant with the skills and knowledge to operate such a vessel.

The key elements covered in the course include but are not limited to:

  • Legal aspects and requirements of non-pleasure small vessel operation
  • Basic Construction Terminology
  • Vessel Hull Types and configurations
  • Propulsion Systems
  • Mooring of a Vessel and related Seamanship work
  • Manoeuvering a vessel
  • Safe navigation and collision prevention
  • Maintaining a vessel stability
  • Safe work practices and safety culture
  • Marine weather and marine forecasts
  • Use of radar for navigation safety
  • Determination of vessels position using electronic navigation aids
  • Use of marine charts and nautical publications to plan and execute a voyage
  • Use of a magnetic compass- bearings and steerage
  • The Canadian buoyage system
  • Dealing with emergency situations
  • Search and rescue resources
  • Pollution prevention
  • Canadian Shipping Act and Canadian regulations
  • Departure preparation
  • Quick reference checklists


The Maritime Radio course teaches emergency radio procedures and everyday operating techniques. Learn all about the uses of marine radios, choice of frequencies, operation, phonetic alphabet, procedural words and phrases, as well as Digital Selective Calling and the Global Maritime Distress and Safety System, (DSC/GMDSS). All mariners, including recreational boaters, will want to take advantage of the many features and capabilities of this innovative form “automatic” radio. Secure your lifeline.

A Radio Operator’s Certificate-Maritime (ROC-M) is required to operate a marine VHF or MF radio. This course will teach you the proper use of Marine VHF radio, including new DSC radios. You will learn the various priority of radio calls, and the proper method of making and responding to these calls. You will also learn how GMDSS (Global Maritime Distress and Safety System) works.

CPS has been delegated authority to issue Restricted Operator Certificates (Maritime) to Pleasure Craft Operators. Our manual is the only one approved by Industry Canada

As of January 1, 2005, we are required to instruct and examine a second module introducing Digital Selective Calling (DSC) and the Global Maritime Distress and Safety System (GMDSS). Chances are that if you are new to boating or boat ownership your radio will be equipped with the DSC features.

New students will be required to write both examinations and will receive their Restricted Operator Certificate (Marine) with the DSC Endorsement.

The way it is organized through Industry Canada, you must pass both modules in order to get the certificate, regardless of the radio you have on board. Individuals who already hold a valid license will have an opportunity to upgrade to the DSC endorsement by writing the Module 2 exam. The DSC upgrade is strictly on a voluntary basis.

The certificate you hold is good for life and is still 100% valid regardless of the model of VHF radio you have on board.

Partial Course Content:

  • Regulations
  • Procedural words and phrases
  • Priority of Communications
  • Proper Calling techniques and etiquette
  • Calling Procedure (including Distress, Urgency and Safety)
  • Alarm signals, EPIRB, EPIB, SART
  • GMDSS overview, MMSI
  • DSC procedures for Distress, Urgency, Safety and Routine calls
  • Final Exam

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