Course Description









This Bridge Watch Rating Certificate includes the following additional Transport Canada approved certificates:
  •     Transport Canada Bridge Watch Rating Training Certificate
  •     Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS)
  •     Restricted Operator’s Certificate – Maritime Commercial (ROC – MC)
  •     Marine Basic First Aid Certificate (MBFA)

Begin your career at sea!

Camosun's Bridge Watch Rating program provides a pathway for you to enter into rewarding marine sector careers. You’ll learn the essential knowledge and skills related to the practice of seamanship, navigation, standards of safe working procedures, and the hazards associated with the marine environment.

Learn from experienced sailors, take field trips, practice hands-on techniques, undertake a practicum at sea, and earn nationally recognized Transport Canada marine certifications. Marine-based employers are excited to hire our graduates!

Get the skills you need to begin a career on the water

Training covers the hands-on skills and coursework required by Transport Canada for employment. Over 13 weeks this full-time program is based on three modular courses designed to prepare you for a career in the marine industry.

Gain hands-on skills and knowledge in:

  • Keeping a lookout
  • Steering the vessel
  • Operating communication systems
  • Anchoring and mooring
  • Responding to emergencies
  • Basic environmental protection procedures
  • Assisting in cargo operations
  • Handling ropes and chains


To be eligible for employment as a deckhand, students must obtain a Transport Canada Seafarers Medical Certificate that certifies the individual as a deckhand.  Please visit wwwapps.tc.gc.ca/saf-sec-sur/4/mme-mdm/eng/marine-medical-examiners/search to find a physician who can provide this certificate.  
Course Details
Section Title
Bridge Watch Rating
M, T, W, Th, F
8:30AM to 3:30PM
Jan 08, 2024 to Apr 04, 2024
Schedule and Location
Total Course Hours
Course Fee(s)
Tuition non-credit $5,950.00

We are especially grateful to live, work, and play on the traditional territories of the Lekwungen (Songhees, Esquimalt), Malahat, Pacheedaht, Scia'new, T'Sou-ke, and WSÁNEĆ (Pauquachin, Tsartlip, Tsawout, Tseycum) peoples. We acknowledge their welcome and graciousness to the students who seek knowledge here.

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