How do I prepare to operate a boat at BMSC?

To operate small vessels (the Copes) at BMSC, Transport Canada requires the operator to have at a minimum a valid Pleasure Craft Operators Card (PCOC) and a valid, a 2-day (16 hrs), in-person, First Aid + CPR-C course recognized in B.C.

Boat checkouts and safety training by BMSC foreshore staff are also required prior to the start of your course.

“Foreign boaters” should link to Transport Canada Visitor Information

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Students are not required to operate power boats if they don’t want to. Further, some courses do not involve the use of power boats. However, for many courses it is encouraged, though not necessary, that students obtain a PCOC and appropriate first aid training so they can operate boats (about 40% of students do). When they arrive at BMSC, every student in possession of a PCOC (or higher marine safety training) and a 16-hour, in-person First Aid Course with CPR-C recognized in a Province or Territory (e.g. Red Cross, St. John’s), is trained to use our power boats, and given the opportunity to practice their skills prior to being given permission to take the boats outside the inlet.

There are also rowboats which can be used recreationally. You do not need a PCOC or first aid certification to operate rowboats.

Students must abide by the BMSC Boat Policy. There is no moorage space available for personal boats.