Operational training

The Canadian Coast Guard College provides specialist training to Canadian Coast Guard and Canadian Armed Forces personnel as part of their career development. Operational training manages the specialized areas of environmental response and search and rescue

We also support other training departments of the College when needed. To sign up for operational training courses, contact your supervisor.

Search and rescue

The following courses are available for existing search and rescue staff, as well as graduates of the Officer Training Program where mentioned.

Mobile facilities: on-scene coordinator
Description

This course teaches the skills needed to conduct search and rescue operations and perform the role of on-scene coordinator in the marine environment.

This course is required for Coast Guard personnel working onboard Coast Guard ships and in Joint Rescue Coordination Centres.

This course includes classroom work and navigation simulations.

Candidates

Course candidates include Coast Guard personnel working in Joint Rescue Coordination Centres and Marine Rescue Sub-Centres.

Course length

2.5 weeks

Maritime search planning
Description

This course prepares personnel for the demands of maritime search planning at a Joint Rescue Coordination Centre.

This course includes manual and computer based search planning using the Canadian Search And Rescue Program (CANSARP).

Candidates

Course candidates include Canadian Coast Guard and Royal Canadian Air Force staff.

Course length

2 weeks

Search and Rescue mission coordinator
Description

This course is designed for personnel involved in planning, coordinating and controlling the response to maritime and aeronautical search and rescue incidents.

This course is taught in classrooms and through simulations.

Candidates

Course candidates include Canadian Coast Guard and Royal Canadian Air Force staff working in Joint Rescue Coordination Centres or marine rescue sub-centres

Course length

3 weeks

Assistant search master
Description

This course teaches aeronautical search planning. It is administered with 14 Wing Winnipeg.

Candidates

Course candidates include members of:

  • the Civil Air Search and Rescue Association
  • the Royal Canadian Air Force search and rescue squadrons
  • the Canadian Coast Guard working at Joint Rescue Coordination Centres
Course length

2 weeks

Environmental response

The following courses are available to existing environmental response staff.

Introduction to oil spills
Description

This course teaches participants how to assess oil spills.

Course length

1 day

First response to oil spills training
Description

This course teaches participants how to initially respond to an oil spill and deploy booms. Participants learn:

  • the safe way to approach and report marine pollution
  • how to plan and perform boom deployment in the field

This course includes practices on the water.

Course length

2 days

Marine oil spill response and recovery
Description

This course teaches necessary procedures for oil recovery operations. After successfully containing pollutants, learners will recover the product. This course is designed to offer practical experience outside the classroom.

Course length

3 days

Essentials of marine oil spills training
Description

This course offers the highest level of certification for this series of tactical training.

Course length

4 days

Pollution response officer
Description

This course examines:

  • the powers of a pollution response officer
  • specific procedures related to vessel directions and detentions
  • the legal framework and implications surrounding the execution of those powers under the Canada Shipping Act, 2001

Course participants also learn sampling procedures while gaining an understanding of the role of other government agencies involved in marine pollution incidents.

Course length

3 days

Marine spill response operations
Description

This course teaches all aspects of spill response management. It prepares personnel to respond to marine oil spill incidents, including operation direction, coordination and supervision under the overall direction of the incident commander.

This course also prepares participants to coordinate and direct an overall response to small marine pollution incidents.

Course length

5 days

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