Small Vessel Operator Proficiency (SVOP)

  • Start Date

    11 Apr, 2023

  • End Date

    14 Apr, 2023

  • Price


  • WiFi

    Free wifi

Event Details

  • Provide the participant with the confidence, knowledge and skills to operate a small commercial vessel safely and effectively.
  • Provide the trainee with the knowledge and skills to plan the trip, execute and complete the trip safely and effectively
  • Provide the trainee with the knowledge when NOT to attempt the voyage because of weather, sea, or other conditions making it unsafe to proceed
  • Provide the participant with the knowledge of what types of hull and propulsion systems are available and to determine which is appropriate to their needs and understand the advantages and limitations of each hull type and propulsion system
  • Provide the trainee with the basic knowledge of boat handling and docking manoeuvres
  • Provide the trainee with the knowledge of how to read a chart, determine the vessel’s position by electronic aids as well as by compass bearings
  • Provide the participant with the knowledge of what actions are required in an emergency, what resources can be called upon and how to access them quickly and effectively in an emergency
  • Provide the trainee with the knowledge to prevent pollution and of the consequences of causing pollution
  • Provide the participant with quick reference check lists for a variety of emergency or infrequently performed activities so they do not miss a vital step in the process



  • Understand the scope, purpose and limitations of the Small Vessel regulations and the need for qualifications and boat inspection
  • Understanding basic boat types, construction, propulsion plants and marine terminology
  • Plan a voyage and determine what navigational aids are present and where hazards are that need to be avoided
  • Understand the buoyage system and recognize the various types of buoys and determine their meaning
  • Understand the collision regulations and apply them as they relate to the operation of a small boat
  • Understand a vessel’s stability and what actions may reduce or eliminate that stability slowly or instantly
  • Determine how and when to obtain weather and tidal information prior to and during a voyage
  • Use GPS and compass bearings, and understand the function of radar in navigation and collision avoidance in clear and reduced visibility
  • Pre plan for, and respond to, emergency situations and utilize the resources available during an emergency
  • Prevent marine pollution and understand the consequences of causing pollution
  • Understand the need for safe working practices on small vessels and the need to develop a safety culture in the work place
  • Develop check lists for pre-departure, layup, preparations for the season, end of trip, etc.



The training methodology combines lectures, discussions, group exercises and illustrations. Participants will gain both theoretical and practical knowledge of the topics. The emphasis is on the practical application of the topics and as a result participant will go back to the workplace with both the ability and the confidence to apply the techniques learned to their duties.



1ST BATCH:              11th - 14th Apr, 2023 

2ND BATCH:             1st - 4th Aug, 2023     

3RD BATCH:             21st - 24th Nov, 2023

Other Dates

Start Date End Date
01 Aug, 2023 04 Aug, 2023
Start Date End Date
21 Nov, 2023 24 Nov, 2023
Start Date End Date
11 Apr, 2023 14 Apr, 2023
  • Venue

    Alpha Partners Professional Training Conference Centre. 200, Muritala Mohammed Way (3rd Floor), Yaba Lagos.

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