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Overview

Bridge watchmen form part of a team involved in the following activities:

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

The Program

This 12-week full-time entry-level program is based on modular courses and provides you with the following training certificates:

  • BCIT Recognition of Training in Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS)
  • Industry Canada Restricted Operator's Certificate - Maritime Commercial (ROC - MC)
  • Marine Basic First Aid Certificate (MBFA)

Successful completion will also make you eligible for four months of sea time remission.

Please note: This Transport Canada accredited course requires 90% attendance and an aggregated 70% passing grade. To achieve full Transport Canada certification, you must complete an additional two months of sea time, as well as Basic Safety Training (MEDI 1500) and Survival Craft training (MEDI 1800).

Program Entry

Due to the popularity of the Bridge Watchman program, only completed applications, with the required documents, will be considered.

Application processing

This is a continual intake program with applications processed throughout the year.

Entrance requirements

Applicants must meet all entrance requirements and will be accepted on a first qualified basis as long as space remains. When available intakes are full, qualified applicants are wait-listed.

Applicants must meet all entrance requirements prior to applying to this program. If you are uncertain or don’t meet the requirements we strongly recommend you complete any applicable Trades Pre-entry Tests before applying.

Read more about how to meet BCIT’s entrance requirements

Recommended for success

  • Strongly recommended that applicants have High School Graduation

Apply to program

BCIT accepts only complete applications. In order to apply:

  • Include proof of meeting all entrance requirements prior to submission
  • Convert all transcripts and supporting documents to PDF files
  • Have a credit card ready to pay the application fee
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You can check the status of your application online at any time using the Student Information System.

Scheduled intakes

March, September and December

*Scheduled intakes are subject to change

myCommunication

Within two business days of submitting your completed application, BCIT will send a message to your personal and myBCIT e-mail addresses. All correspondence regarding your application will be posted to your online myCommunication account at my.bcit.ca. We'll send you an e-mail when a new message is posted. It's important to watch for these e-mails or regularly check your account online.

You can expect to receive communication concerning the status of your application within four weeks.

Costs & Supplies

Contact the BCIT Bookstore for information on textbooks.

Bridge Watchman

Required Text(s)

  • Seamanship Techniques by D.J. House (single volume edition)

Recommended Resource(s)

  • Collision Regulations
  • Chart No. 1:  Symbols and Abbreviations and Terms
  • Canadian Aids to Navigation System - Canadian Coast Guard Publication

Required Equipment

  • Pocket knife with locking blade, or fixed blade with sheath
  • 3-ring binder
  • Colouring pencils
Marine Basic First Aid Course

Manuals will be issued on the first day of class.

Radio Operators Course

Manual will be issued on the first day of class.

Tuition fees

Please refer to the BCIT Marine Campus Schedule [PDF] or contact the BCIT Marine Campus Registration Office at 604-453-4111.

Books and supplies

$500 (general estimated cost, subject to change)

Financial assistance

Financial assistance may be available for this program. For more information, please contact Student Financial Aid and Awards.

Courses

Program matrix

1. Required Courses: Credits
  GMDS 1500 Restricted Operator's Certificate - Maritime Commercial 1.5
  MSSM 1025 Marine Basic First Aid 1.0
  MSSM 1030 Bridge Watchman 22.0
 
2. For students who do not have Basic Safety Training and Survival Craft, the following courses are required: Credits
  MEDI 1510 STCW Basic Safety 3.0
  MEDI 1810 STCW Proficiency in Survival Craft 2.0
 
Total Credits: 24.5

Transfer credit

Do you have credits from another BC/Yukon post-secondary school? Do you want to know if they transfer to courses here at BCIT? Check out BCIT's Transfer Equivalency Database to find out.

Program Details

Program length

12 weeks

Contact Us

BCIT Marine Campus Registration Office, 604-453-4111

Chief Instructor:
Rod Dunbar at 604-453-4120

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