[North Island College] Marine Training Now Available Online!


So, For students with a passion for marine operations or already working in the field, now is a chance to improve their skills digitally. North Island College is offering a number of marine certified courses completely online for students hoping to continue with their studies. This is a great option to stay on top of your program despite the ongoing pandemic of COVID19.


So, North Island College is one of the first Canadian colleges to offer marine training completely online during COVID19. The courses will include some of the usual elements such as boat safety, identifying hazards, emergency response, survival and rescue, and more.

“Despite the current requirements for physical distancing, it is exciting to be offering marine courses in an online format,” said Lynne MacFadgen, regional director of NIC Continuing Education & Training. “It will give coastal community members access to industry-recognized training for safe vessel operation. And,  entry-level maritime skills and knowledge.”

These above courses will be a great option for those working as deckhands and other entry-level positions, including  Small Vessel Operators Proficiency (SVOP, NAU 005), and Restricted Operators Certificate-Maritime (ROC-M, NAU 016). Further, the college is continuing discussions with Transport Canada on transitioning more marine training courses to an online format.

“I am very proud of the hard work that Suzanne Jolly, Campbell River regional training officer, and her Transport Canada-accredited instructors have done to transition these courses to alternative delivery,” said MacFadgen.

Course Requirements

Students will require the following materials to complete the marine training program digitally:

  • Laptop, phone or tablet
  • Internet access
  • Speaker
  • Camera
  • Microphone

Those studying in this program will be submitting many assignments over video through explanation, or as an uploaded document. Also, the end of the course will include a final exam. This will be done one on one with a professor over video.

“It’s a great chance for students to learn all you need to safely operate small vessels in near coastal waters,” said Clive Quigley, NIC marine instructor. “Also, it’s exciting for us to be able to offer these courses, meaning that students can access the training from across Canada without having to pay for travel. It means access to marine safety courses will be a lot easier now.”

To take these marine operations courses digitally, all that will be necessary is a device, speaker, camera, and a microphone. Everything will be turned in from home in video or document format, so as to avoid contact with others. So, if you’re hoping to stay on top of your marine education during COVID19, consider North Island College’s programs.

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