June 1 - 3, 2022

Location: Devon Boat Launch* (MAP)

*Please observe the parking restrictions for vehicles that are not towing vessels

Course Fee: $2550

Industry regulators require that all petroleum companies be properly equipped and trained for emergencies, such as oil spills.  This three-day "on-the-water" course meets that requirement, as it will prepare students to safely operate WCSS watercraft to contain and recover oil spills in medium to large rivers or lake environments.  Completion of this training will enable competency in emergency and training exercise settings.

individuals that will benefit from this training: 

  • Oil spill response contractors
  • WCSS member company in-house initial response personnel 

Instructors with a minimum of 10 years experience operating jet boats in spill environments will work in a 1:3 ratio with students to provide optimal direction.

Skills to be enhanced and/or developed:

  • Boat Safety and Operation
  • Boat Maneuvering
  • River Reading
  • Boat Maintenance
  • Spill Response Equipment Deployment
  • Anchor Setting and Retrieval
  • Boom Handling and Towing
  • Safe Launching and Loading 

A practical skills evaluation will be carried out by WCSS instructors at the end of the three days.


  • If students wish to operate WCSS boats, they must also take the 2-day Small Commercial Vessel Operator (SCVO) course, also offered by WCSS. The SCVO course precedes the 3-day Boat Handling course and takes place in Nisku, AB.

 What to Bring:

  • Standard company Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) with the exception of hard hats
  • Sunscreen
  • Insect repellent
  • Snacks*

*Lunch will be provided on Wednesday and Thursday.  Course will typically run from 730am – 2pm on Friday and snacks will be available throughout the day but there will not be a designated time set for a lunch hour.  If you have any dietary restrictions, please indicate this at the time of registration.  Water will be available throughout the duration of the course.

Click to Register online 

For more course information contact Shannon Jarrell at

Boat Handling: Recertification

may 30, 2022
may 31, 2022
June 6, 2022
June 7, 2022



Location: Devon Boat Launch* (MAP)


To ensure that the WCSS boat operators remain confident and capable, WCSS offers a one-day Boat Handling - Recertification course, which is valid for three years.  Certified boat operators are encouraged to maintain their skills at annual coop exercises where possible, over and above recertifying every 3 years.

To pass, all students will be assessed on their practical abilities related to the safe operation and proper handling of WCSS watercraft and to deploy oil spill equipment to contain and recover oil spills on rivers or lakes. This field-based course is open to all personnel who have previously certified on the 3-day course who may be involved in operating watercraft at oil spills on water bodies.


  • Small Commercial Vessel Operator (SCVO) course
  • 3-day Boat Handling: Oil Spill Containment and Recovery

What to Bring:

  • Standard company Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) with the exception of hard hats
  • Sunscreen / foul weather clothing
  • Insect repellent
  • Snacks*

 Click to Register online 

For course information contact Shannon Jarrell at

Did you know that WCSS has a Boat Handling Recertification Equivalency Program?  It is designed to allow companies to keep their boat operators in one place and practice with their own equipment, and offers a significantly lower cost structure than going through the open registration program.