Outdoor Adventure

Motorized Flatwater Boat Operator

Course Summary

Safety at work or play on flatwater.

Learn how to operate any motorized craft in a safe and efficient manner on non-moving or flatwater including lakes, resevoirs, estuaries or tidal water. We can easily tailor the curriculum to inboards, outboards, jets, props or PWCs.

According to the Lifesaving Society, powerboating is the second highest cause of preventable water-related drownings. This comprehensive course will develop the sense of confidence and necessary skills to operate a boat at a variety of speeds in non-moving water, and to avoid becoming a statistic. The curriculum includes pre-trip safety checks, identification of hazards, watercraft handling, man-overboard, boat-based victim rescue, dealing with capsizes, and general on-water safety.

Limited classroom time and a low student to instructor ratio allows for lots of hands-on practice time for each participant.

We do not offer these courses on a public, open enrolment basis, but our minimum class size is only six, so contact us to set up a private course for your group. Please note: clients must provide their own watercraft. We also provide Transport Canada courses, alone or in combination with our hands-on boat operator training, including SVOP, MED A3 and PCOC. Click here to get more info on all these boat operator acronyms. 

Course Details

Duration

2 days

Format

1/2 day classroom, 1 1/2 days on the water (+ optional night session)

Participants

Minimum 4. Maximum 6.

Prerequisites
  • 18+ years of age
  • Basic swimming ability
  • In good physical condition
Price

$549

Recertification

Repeat the entire course at a 15% discount every three years

Annual Training Maintenance

Click here to read about the options available for annual guided practice.

Required Equipment
  • Personal flotation device (Type III or V)*
  • Water-sports or rescue helmet*

* Rental equipment available. Click here for a price list.

Takeaways & Documentation
  • Personalized skill sheet (training record) signed by the instructor (a valuable document for risk management)
  • Wallet card with expiry date
  • Certificate of Completion
FAQ

For more details about boat handling courses including what to expect and how to prepare, click here for our Boat Operator FAQ.

Course Outline

Day One - Classroom Session

  • Rescue 3 Philosophy
  • Waves and currents
  • Personal and team equipment
  • Boat-based safety equipment
  • Communications
  • Introduction to ropes, knots and specialized gear
  • Boat maintenance and trouble-shooting
  • Pre-trip safety checklist
  • Dryland rope work
  • Boat inspection

Day Two - Water Session

  • Self rescue swimming skills
  • Hazard avoidance
  • Boat handling, figure 8s, maintaining a position
  • Optional: night operations session (after dark)
  • Maneuvering with the engine cut (motorized boats only)
  • Man overboard
  • Parbuckling
  • Swamping, capsizing
  • Flipping and righting
  • Rescue scenario
  • Written examination
  • Debrief

BOAT TRAINING

We only offer private boat operator courses. Contact us for more information.

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We really couldn't have asked for more in a two week period - the amount and quality of training we received was like nothing I've seen before. I have been going on training trips usually twice a month for the last 4 years and this was by far the best I have been to.

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