Marine Emergency Duties (MED) A2


Small Passenger–Carrying Vessel Safety

To provide new entrants to small commercial vessels where passengers are carried, and those who now require small vessel basic safety and passenger control training, with the knowledge and skills to respond effectively and efficiently in a marine incident.

The course meets the requirements of Transport Canada TP 4957, Small Passenger-carrying Vessel Safety (MED A2) and is intended for small vessel operators having a responsibility for inspecting and maintaining safety equipment and for passenger safety in an emergency.


This program includes Basic Safety (MED A1) material as well as the Small Passenger-carrying Vessel Safety (MED A2) add-on subject matter.

Areas of study will include the following:

Basic Safety (MED A1) subject matter:

  • Principles of safety
  • The hazards and emergencies that may be encountered at sea
  • The chemistry of fire and the extinguishing process
  • Emergency response process; alarm signals on small vessels, where muster lists must be used and how on-board safety drills should be conducted and when – actions upon discovering an emergency and what to do when called to one
  • Factors relating to survival: cold water environment, medical aspects, actions to take when on our own or as a group after abandonment
  • Understanding the different rescue methods and rescue equipment from the sea or air
  • Distress signals carried on ships and in survival crafts; how to operate them and effectively use them in a distress situation

Small Passenger-carrying Vessel Safety (MED A2) add-on subject matter:

  • Develop maintenance and inspection guidelines and check lists for emergency equipment
  • Conduct inspection and maintenance procedures
  • Develop and implement passenger control measures for use during an emergency situation on-board
  • Determine what assistance is available and how best to utilize that assistance in an emergency
  • Understand the importance of conducting emergency training drills and emergency procedures

The following practical training exercises will be conducted:

  • Don and function in the water in a lifejacket and an immersion suit
  • Don and use immersion suits and lifejackets in the water as an individual and as a part of a group
  • Exercises on methods of being hoisted with a helicopter strop, climbing net, and the technique for jumping off a vessel with a life jacket or immersion suit
  • Toss a lifebuoy to a crew lost over board and use a lifebuoy to keep afloat in the water
  • Launch, board, operate and right an inverted liferaft
  • Select, prepare and use a portable fire extinguisher on a live fire
  • Connect, advance, and use a small bore fire hose for boundary cooling


Minimum of 26 hours of training over four (4) days if taken in full OR a minimum of 6.5 hours of training over 1 day if the Basic Safety (MEDA1) has been taken previously.

Course Details


  • Trainees are expected to be in a good state of health and physically capable of fully taking part in all program activities.  Trainees are expected to participate in all physical training requirements.  WITHOUT EXCEPTION, those trainees in non-compliance will be refused and billed the full program fee.
  • Trainees must be at least 16 years of age.
  • A statement of health form completed on the first day of the course.  A valid Medical Certificate is required to be submitted prior to start of course. See “FAQ`s -Medical Fitness” for full details.
  • A valid Government Identification is required and must be presented for registration and to the instructor on the first day of course commencement.  (Driver’s License, Passport, Vantage card) 


All persons who successfully complete the course based on the performance standards will receive:

  • A Transport Canada EXN 24 certificate of completion for Small Passenger-carrying Vessel Safety (MED A2)

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