West Coast Powerboat Handling provides instruction in the proper and safe methods of handling
West Coast Powerboat Handling is unique due
to the fact Jimmy Watt developed the SAFER Crewboat Operator course in 1994 for the Forest Industry.
In 1998, Transport Canada
started discussion regarding Operator Proficiency for Small Non-pleasure
Vessel Operators. Jimmy was summoned to Ottawa by Transport Canada, Marine Safety where
he presented his course material to
Transport Canada, laying down the foundation for the SVOP
In April 2016, Jimmy decided to
retire. The business was purchased by Fran and Bruce Stott and now operates under
Gulf Islands Cruising School Ltd.
Bruce continues in the role of Chief Instructor. We wish him well in his retirement.
Note CDN's no longer
Our Instructor is Transport Canada Marine Safety
accredited. Our powerboat courses are held at your location or Sidney BC.
My team and I would like to thank you and of course Bruce Stott for an excellent SVOP and
Med(A3)course. It was so wonderful to be able to do the course in our workplace with our research boat
team all together and that you were able to patiently facilitate that for us.
Bruce is such an amazing ( and entertaining !) instructor with his wealth of knowledge and also his
passion and talent for sharing his deep knowledge and expertise of the mariners world on this coast. We
very, very much appreciated the help and professionalism of West Coast Powerboat Handling on our
journey towards being qualified and capable to handle our new research boat.
Many thanks !
Our clients include Search and Rescue Organizations, Forestry
and Logging Companies, Pipeline Companies, Water Taxis, Whale Watching, Sport Fishing, Government Agencies,
Research Organizations and many others.
Since October 1996, we have instructed more
than 5,000 Operators, from Norman Wells, in
the Canadian Northwest Territories, to Patagonia Argentina, and from Quatsino Sound, British Columbia to Hamilton,