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9 LEARNING 9 PVOC 2 Course

Pleasure VessEL Operators Certificate  Grade 2 Course

The HKSF has an alternative to the Marine Department’s Grade II Pleasure Vessel Operator Certificate of Competency. Candidates who have satisfactorily completed the Hong Kong Sailing Federation’s Pleasure Vessel Operators Certificate Grade 2 (PVOC 2) Course and have passed the course assessment are eligible to be issued the Pleasure Vessel Operator Certificate of Competency Grade 2.

The advantages are:

• An internally set examination (where the questions are clearly stated and relate to the syllabus). 

• The syllabus is more boat operator focused and practical.

Good command of English in understanding, reading and writing is required for enrolling the course.

Course Information & Syllabus

Course Structure:

  • There are ten lectures to provide students with the required knowledge.
  • Homework assignments must be completed and are assessed.
  • The course comprises Part A (Navigation and Seamanship) and Part B (Safety and Engineering Knowledge).

Topics covered in Part A include:

  1. Handling characteristics and limitations of small craft
  2. Anchoring
  3. Start up and close down safety checks
  4. Post arrival checks e. Chart work, position fixing, ETA ETC
  5. Tides
  6. Navigation of small power driven craft in restricted visibility
  7. Local knowledge
  8. Collision regulations
  9. Storm signals and weather
  10. Use of VHF 5.

Topics covered in Part B include:

  1. Safety equipment
  2. Marine Department services
  3. Emergency situations
  4. Accident reports
  5. Engines
  6. Engineering duties while under way
  7. Batteries and electrical equipment
  8. Trouble shooting and repairs at sea
  9. Maintenance
  10. Safe operation of deck equipment
  11. Fire fighting and fire prevention

Important Note: 

Good command of English in understanding, reading and writing is required.

Registration must complete with payment is received.


Student Guidelines

sStudents – please read the important guidelines below before applying:

1. Students must be at least 18 years of age.

2. Attendance at 80% of the classes is required. Those who do not attend 80% of the classes in the same course will not be permitted to take the examination.

3. Students who are late by one hour or more for a class will be regarded as absent.

4. Homework assignments must be completed and are assessed. All assignments must be submitted to the lecturer by deadlines set by the lecturer. Students who do not submit homework assignments on time, or who fail to achieve a reasonable standard in their homework assignments, will not be permitted to take the examination.

5. Students are required to complete Part A and Part B of the examination paper, and must achieve a passing mark of 70% in both Parts.

6. If a student fails a Part or Parts of the examination but his/her scores are over 50%, he/she will be offered a resit of that Part or Parts of the examination on the Resit Exam date scheduled. Students who are absent from an examination/resit will NOT be offered a replacement examination/resit. If his/her overall score is below 50%, he/she will have to take the relevant the course again.

7. If Tropical Cyclone Signal No. 8 or higher and/or the Black Rainstorm warning is hoisted at 3:00pm on the date of the classes or examinations, the classes or examinations will be cancelled and all candidates will be informed of an alternate date in due course.

8. HKSF reserves the right to reschedule class or cancel class and notice will be given by email.

9. Marine Department requires that candidates undertake an eyesight test for vision and colour before the license will be issued. Candidates should approach a registered medical practitioner or registered optometrist for the test. Candidates may take an eyesight test prior to or after the course. Details of an HKSF recommended Optometrist is available on HKSF website.

10. Students who pass the internal HKSF examination will be issued a recommendation letter to be exchanged at Marine Department for the Grade 2 Pleasure Vessel Operator Certificate of Competency upon submission of the required documents and payment.

11. The course will generally be held at Olympic House, in So Kun Po. There will be 10 sessions of 3hrs over the weekends and/or evenings. The exam will be conducted after the final lesson.

Please note that the medium for teaching for this course is English. Good command of English in understanding, reading and writing is required.

IMPORTANT: Interested participants are advised to make sure they can comply with the course schedule before they submit their applications. Once enrolment is confirmed the fee paid is not refundable.

Dates, Schedule and Pricing


Course Schedule


6th June – 4th July 2022 FULL


13th May – 20th June 2022 FULL


20th April – 20th May 2022 FULL


7th February – 8th March 2022 FULL


15th January 2022 (Weekend Course) FULL


13th January 2022 (Weekday Evening Course) FULL


12th January 2022 (Weekday Morning course) FULL


If you are looking for an Optometrist to do vision test for the application or renewal of PVOC 2 license, you could make an appointment here or with any registered optometrist or medical practitioner:

Mr. Siu Chi Chung
Flat A, 7/F, Vulcan House, 21-23 Leighton Road, Causeway Bay
Tel: 2382 5519 Email: stonesiu@hotmail.com

Vision Test for Pleasure Vessel Operator’s Certificate: HK$300 including the issue of the Certificate.
By Appointment Only
Opening Hours: (10:00am-7:00pm)