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  1. Boating at SFU 
  2. Vessel Operator Certification 
  3. Small Vessel Registration 
  4. Small Vessel Compliance Program 
  5. Human Powered Vessel Safety 
  6. Out-of-country boating trips 
  7. Vessel Annual Reporting

This program is still under development
 

1. Boating at SFU

Vessels used by SFU are considered non-pleasure commercial vessels and are subject to Transport Canada regulations. Types of non-pleasure commercial vessels include, but not limited to, human-powered boats such as canoes and kayaks, landing crafts, and aluminum hull boats.  

All SFU vessels used for research and teaching activities are required to submit an SFU Owned Marine Vessel Submission Form to [contact?].  

To ensure you are meeting safety and regulatory obligations, please review all the sections and resources. Please complete the necessary actions where applicable.  

 

2. Vessel Operator Certification 

All SFU Vessel operators, including those that lease vessels, must have the required Vessel Manning Qualification. 

Vessel operators who will be operating a vessel: 

  • not more than 12 metres and not more than 15 Gross Tonnage 

  • within Near Coastal 2, greater than 2 Nm from shore  

are required to have a Small Vessel Operator Proficiency certification and a Marine Emergency Duties A3 (MED A3) or Small Non-pleasure Vessel Basic Safety (SDV-BC) certification. One crew member of the complement of the vessel must have a valid Marine Basic First Aid or Provincial/Territorial Recognized First Aid Training 

Vessel operators who will be operating a vessel: 

  • not more than 12 metres and not more than 15 Gross Tonnage 
  • within Near Coastal 2, less than 2 Nm from the shore or in sheltered waters 

are required to have a Pleasure Craft Operator Card. One crew member of the complement of the vessel must have a valid Marine Basic First Aid or Provincial/Territorial Recognized First Aid Training.

All SFU operators who plan to operate a vessel for research or training activities must submit their appropriate certification to [contact?]. 

[FORM LINK]
 

3. Small Vessel Registration 

All small non-pleasure vessels powered by an engine of 10 horsepower (7.5kW) or more must be registered with Transport Canada’s Small Vessel Register. Fines can be imposed for those who do not have a valid registration for their vessels.
 

4. Small Vessel Compliance Program 

SFU is adopting vessel operators to enrol in Transport Canada’s Small Vessel Compliance Program. The SVCP is an easy-to-use tool to help meet all legal requirements to operate small-pleasure vessels. This program is for vessels up to 15 gross tonnage (GT) or passenger vessels up to 15 GT, carrying 12 passengers or less. 

Steps to register: 

  1. Register your vessel with Transport Canada 
  2. Enroll your vessel by creating an account with SVCP or fill out the small vessel detailed compliance report. 

After enrolling: 

  1. If all of your completed documents pass Transport Canada’s technical review, you will be mailed a program package with a blue decal. It is valid for 5 years. 
  2. Display the decal in on your vessel where it is easy to see.  

To stay enrolled: 

  1. Complete an annual compliance report for every year you are in the program. 
  2. Renew your enrollment in the fifth year before your decal expires 
  3. Keep a copy of the annual compliance report on board 
     

5. Human Powered Vessel Safety 

Transport Canada’s definition of Human Powered Vessels (HPVs) includes canoes, kayaks, row boats, inflatables, river-rafts, or vessels that are required with propulsion motors less than 10 HP. SFU HPVs are still considered non-pleasure commercial vessels and are subject to Transport Canada regulations. 
 

6. Out-of-country boating trips 

If you are planning to conduct a research project or teaching activity out of country that requires the use of a vessel, please fill out the Out-of-country Boating Trip Form. Please submit the form with the appropriate certifications to [contact?]. 

All persons operating a vessel out of country are required to have a Small Vessel Operator Proficiency Certification (SVOP). One crew member or vessel operator on board the vessel is required to have either a Marine Emergency Duties A3 (MED A3) or Small Non-pleasure Vessel Basic Safety (SDV-BC) certification.
 

7. Vessel Annual Reporting 

If you have received a Blue Decal from the Government of Canada’s Small Vessel Compliance Program, please ensure you submit your annual Compliance report found on their website and have the updated report kept on board. Please also send a copy of your Compliance report to [contact?] 

If you do not have a Blue Decal, please submit the SFU Marine Vessel Annual Review Form to [contact?]